On this day in auto history - July 11th

Sun 11th Jul 2021

It was on this day in 1973 that the popular Honda Civic first went on sale in Japan to great acclaim, thus helping to reverse the motorcycle giant's stuttering fortunes in the car business.

Available in three and five door form, the Civic - voted Japan’s Car of The Year in both ’73 and ’74 - became the first Honda car to be sold in Britain with its compact design and economical engine ensuring it sold well in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis.

Internationally, the Civic has proved one of the strongest Japanese car exports in history, particularly in North America with over 8 million purchased in the US alone. Meanwhile, the vehicle has proved the best-selling car in Canada for 19 years running.

Now in its 10th generation, the Honda Civic - which has also proved highly competitive on the Touring car circuit - has sold over 19 million units worldwide and retains a particular popularity amongst millennials owing to its competitive pricing and compact size.