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41 discontinued models

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The circumstances under which Honda came to be are at least manga worthy. Torn by the second world war, the country was yet far from making a full recovery. Focusing all the resources that were left to rebuild what had been destroyed, Japan could hardly fill at once all the voids that had been created. The Japanese auto industry  was dazed, many factories having had to convert to cater for demands in military vehicles and aircraft.

The open spots that war had created had to be occupied fast and Honda was quick enough to settle on grounds that would later witness its growth as the 5th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Soichiro Honda founded the company in 1948. The timing was perfect as many car or bike plants were destroyed during the war.

Focusing on developing a cheap indispensable vehicle, Honda strapped an engine to a bike, delivering  a very efficient means of locomotion. Cheap and versatile, it set the cornerstone in Honda's incredible expansion. Ten years later, Honda would reach American land and establish the American Honda Co. World domination would naturally follow, made easy through clever subsidiary locations and dealership settlements.

The bloodhound-nosed company leader, Soichiro could sense that Honda would be big and committed to setting a new standard in car-production quality. This combined with his almost Napolean market take-overs proved to be a powerful concoction that allowed Honda to developed unabated by competition.

The brand became synonymous with usefulness and innovative engineering. The company's motorcycle division registered a tremendous sales increase, pushing Honda on the motorcycle manufacturer's podium. During the 1970's, Honda became the world's largest motorbike maker.

Its production of cars however, that had started during the 60's  was slow at sparking as much attention as its 2-wheeled drives did. Although it had entered motor sport competitions, Honda cars failed to impress the average American driver. Having been designed for the Japanese market, the small-sized cars had little close to nothing to do against the large vehicles favored by the Americans.

In an effort driven by market-conquest desires, Honda launched the American-oriented civic, a larger model than any other previously released. Although still small compared to the US-made cars, the Civic became the first to attract the American buyer. The 70's energy crisis and subsequent emissions laws opened a second row of gates for Honda. Through their later Civic models such as the CVCC which was a  variation on the stratified engine, the Japanese car maker managed to meet emissions regulations without having to equip their cars with catalytic converters that besides reducing pollution also raised automobile price tags.

In mid 70's, Honda would release another American-friendly vehicle, the Accord that quickly became Mr. Popular due to its fuel economy and easy drive. By 1982, Honda had reached heights that no other Japanese car manufacturers had before: opening a plant on American soil. There first assembly line was built in Maysville, Ohio. Three other plants later followed as well as the construction of one in Lincoln, Alabama and another in Timmonsville, South Carolina. The latest Honda factory opened in 2006 in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

After building the brand in the States, Honda found it hard to compete in the luxury car segments against the veteran American producers and European imports so it introduced its on line of luxury vehicles in 1986. Known as Acura, the range comprises variations of successful Honda models such as the Legend or Integra. Honda was the first Japanese car maker to do so, follow by fellow Nissan and Toyota which have launched their own separate luxury lines, Infiniti and Lexus.

The quest for a better engine was completed in 1989 when Honda announced the introduction of the V-Tec. Capable of variable valve control, the V-TEC syncs valve open/close times to increase power at high revs and reduce fuel consumption at low ones. Presently, Honda is involved in smart engine research, safety improvements and pre-crash warning and avoidance systems.

As far as their involvement in motor sports goes, Honda has been constantly striving to hold its position with one foot on the podium and the other one caught in menacing holdbacks and loses against other Japanese producers like Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

The company's latest car-engineering improvements are primarily fuel and safety oriented, the latter having become one of the major criteria in car buying choices especially in the United States. The company's involvement in developing new cleaner vehicles has finally paid off with the recent release of the FCX Clarity. Powered by hydrogen cells, the car does not emit any pollutants, the only by products being water and oxygen. When its not developing new fuel technology, Honda is busy with being the largest engine producer on Earth, with over 14 million engines manufactured per year.
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production models:
sort:yearname
HONDA Civic 5 Doors specs and photos

HONDA Civic 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

11 generations

2021 - present
HONDA HR-V 5 Doors specs and photos

HONDA HR-V 5 Doors

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid gasoline

5 generations

2021 - present
HONDA Civic Sedan specs and photos

HONDA Civic Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Hybrid · Natural gas

14 generations

2021 - present
HONDA Jazz / Fit specs and photos

HONDA Jazz / Fit

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

6 generations

2020 - present
HONDA Accord specs and photos

HONDA Accord

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline

12 generations

2020 - present
HONDA Ridgeline specs and photos

HONDA Ridgeline

trucks

Gasoline ·

4 generations

2021 - present
HONDA Odyssey specs and photos

HONDA Odyssey

vans

Gasoline

5 generations

2020 - present
HONDA CR-V specs and photos

HONDA CR-V

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

9 generations

2019 - present
HONDA Pilot specs and photos

HONDA Pilot

suvs

Gasoline

3 generations

2018 - present
HONDA Civic Coupe specs and photos

HONDA Civic Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

13 generations

2018 - present
HONDA Civic Type-R specs and photos

HONDA Civic Type-R

hatchbacks

Gasoline

6 generations

2017 - present
HONDA Insight specs and photos

HONDA Insight

hatchbacks

Hybrid · Gasoline · Hybrid gasoline

4 generations

2018 - present
HONDA Legend Sedan specs and photos

HONDA Legend Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Hybrid

6 generations

2014 - present
HONDA Civic Sedan US specs and photos

HONDA Civic Sedan US

sedans

Hybrid · Gasoline

4 generations

2008 - present
HONDA NSX specs and photos

HONDA NSX

coupes

Gasoline · Hybrid

4 generations

2016 - present
HONDA e specs and photos

HONDA e

hatchbacks

Electric

1 generation

2020 - present
HONDA Passport specs and photos

HONDA Passport

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2018 - present
HONDA S660 specs and photos

HONDA S660

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2015 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
HONDA  Clarity specs and photos

HONDA Clarity

hatchbacks

Electric

1 generation

2007 - 2014
HONDA 1300 Coupe specs and photos

HONDA 1300 Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1970 - 1973
HONDA 1300 Sedan specs and photos

HONDA 1300 Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1969 - 1973
HONDA Accord 3 Doors specs and photos

HONDA Accord 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

1981 - 1985
HONDA Accord Coupe specs and photos

HONDA Accord Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

7 generations

2015 - 2016
HONDA Accord Crosstour specs and photos

HONDA Accord Crosstour

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2013 - 2016
HONDA Accord Euro specs and photos

HONDA Accord Euro

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

2008 - 2010
HONDA Accord Tourer specs and photos

HONDA Accord Tourer

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

5 generations

2011 - 2012
HONDA Accord Type R specs and photos

HONDA Accord Type R

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1998 - 2005
HONDA Airwave specs and photos

HONDA Airwave

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2010
HONDA Avancier specs and photos

HONDA Avancier

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

1999 - 2003
HONDA Beat specs and photos

HONDA Beat

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1991 - 1996
HONDA Civic 3 Doors specs and photos

HONDA Civic 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

11 generations

2008 - 2011
HONDA Civic Aero Deck specs and photos

HONDA Civic Aero Deck

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

1998 - 2001
HONDA Civic CRX specs and photos

HONDA Civic CRX

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1988 - 1993
HONDA Civic Shuttle specs and photos

HONDA Civic Shuttle

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

1987 - 1993
HONDA Civic Tourer specs and photos

HONDA Civic Tourer

wagons

Diesel ·

1 generation

2013 - 2017
HONDA Concerto specs and photos

HONDA Concerto

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1990 - 1994
HONDA CR-Z specs and photos

HONDA CR-Z

hatchbacks

Hybrid

1 generation

2010 - 2016
HONDA CRX Del Sol specs and photos

HONDA CRX Del Sol

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1992 - 1997
HONDA Element specs and photos

HONDA Element

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2003 - 2011
HONDA Fit EV specs and photos

HONDA Fit EV

hatchbacks

Electric

1 generation

2012 - 2014
HONDA FR-V / Edix specs and photos

HONDA FR-V / Edix

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2007 - 2011
HONDA HR-V 3 Doors specs and photos

HONDA HR-V 3 Doors

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2001 - 2006
HONDA Jazz / City specs and photos

HONDA Jazz / City

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1983 - 1986
HONDA L700 specs and photos

HONDA L700

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1965 - 1967
HONDA Legend Coupe specs and photos

HONDA Legend Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

2 generations

1991 - 1996
HONDA Logo / Fit specs and photos

HONDA Logo / Fit

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1996 - 2001
HONDA MDX specs and photos

HONDA MDX

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2003 - 2006
HONDA Mobilio specs and photos

HONDA Mobilio

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2004 - 2008
HONDA N360 specs and photos

HONDA N360

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1967 - 1972
HONDA N600 specs and photos

HONDA N600

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1969 - 1972
HONDA Prelude specs and photos

HONDA Prelude

coupes

Gasoline

5 generations

1996 - 2000
HONDA S2000 specs and photos

HONDA S2000

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1999 - 2009
HONDA S500 specs and photos

HONDA S500

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1963 - 1964
HONDA S600 specs and photos

HONDA S600

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1964 - 1966
HONDA S800 specs and photos

HONDA S800

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1966 - 1970
HONDA S800C specs and photos

HONDA S800C

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1966 - 1970
HONDA Shuttle specs and photos

HONDA Shuttle

vans

Gasoline

2 generations

1998 - 2001
HONDA Stream specs and photos

HONDA Stream

vans

Gasoline

3 generations

2006 - 2009
HONDA That's specs and photos

HONDA That's

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2002 - 2007