Over the hill, but still going strong. The Honda Accord is celebrating the big 4-0 this year and the automaker is taking a look back for the occasion.
You may not realize it, but the Honda Accord actually debuted as a three-door hatchback when it arrived in the U.S. in 1976. Back then gas cost 59 cents a gallon, which Honda says helped drive sales of the fuel efficient hatchback. The four-door Accord hit the road a couple of years later.
The Accord is a crucial part of Honda history here in America for more reasons that one. It went on to become the first car Honda actually built in America. Honda started producing the Accord here in 1982 and continues producing it here today.
Not only that, but the Accord was the first Japanese vehicle built in the U.S. to be exported. In 1987 a shipment arrived in Taiwan. Then an Accord Coupe shipped to Japan in 1988.
Honda really credits the sedan with making it a major presence in the U.S. market. Before then, Honda was really known for its motorcycles and Civic.
Now 40 years and nine generations in, the Accord’s popularity continues. Over its lifetime over 12.7 million Accords have been sold. Fuel efficiency continues to be a focus. The first hybrid Accord debuted in 2005. The all-new 2017 Hybrid is on sale now.
If you want to know even more about the Accord’s history in the states, check out Honda’s video below.
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