Civic Celebrates 50th Birthday

Sat 23rd Jul 2022

Developed as the ‘Car of the World’ when launched in 1972, the Honda Civic has reached an impressive milestone this year, with eleven generations and more than 27.5 million units sold globally.

Honda have celebrated the birthday of one of their most iconic models by demonstrating they have many more years ahead of them with the launch of the all-new Civic e:HEV. The Japanese brand have committed to electrifying all of their mainstream models by the end of this year.

The Civic has remained popular through six decades and while the car has continued to evolve, it has always stuck to the same purpose of being a spacious, fun to drive and economical compact car.

With millions of Civics now driven globally in more than 170 countries around the world, Honda asked 2,000 drivers to reveal their very own car related landmarks, and it’s no surprise to find that 88 per cent of respondents said that passing their driving test was one of the major moments in their life. Other important car related moments are first jobs (22 per cent), being on holiday (20 per cent) and having a child (19 per cent).

Rebecca Adamson, Head of Automobile at Honda, said: “Fifty years and eleven versions of Civic has given us the opportunity to reflect on what was happening at the time, and exponential progress in so many aspects of society.

“Cars have been part of our movement, and although the cars we drive have constantly evolved over the last five decades, the emotional attachment we feel with them, and the association of memories with them, is timeless.”

In the same week that Honda began their birthday celebrations the band also released the first teaser image of the all-new Civic Type, the hot hatchback version of the popular brand. The new Type R will be launched in early 2023.