Honda established a foothold in the American market in 1972 with the introduction of the smaller Honda Civic just as the 1970s energy crisis was impacting worldwide economies. New emissions laws in the US, requiring American car makers to affix expensive catalytic converters to exhaust systems, noticeably increased sticker prices. However, Honda's introduction of the 1975 Civic CVCC allowed the Honda Civic to pass emissions tests without a catalytic converter.
In 1976, the Honda Accord was immediately popular because of its economy and fun-to-drive nature.
"The 2006 Honda Accord may be the best of the midsize sedans. The Accord simply does everything well. It may not be best in class in every single area, but we can't think of anything it does poorly. And the coupe packs the Accord's attributes into a sporty two-door."
Honda has unveiled a new hybrid sports concept car with a potent blend of sports performance and low emissions at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a compact sports car that features advanced hybrid technology – proving design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R&D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.
Honda continues to be one of the leading automobile manufacturers whose researchers help lead the way in designing hybrid cars.