Honda Automobiles: Honda Celebrates Four Decades of Accord – America’s Best-Selling Car Over a Past 40 years

Posted on 30. Jun, 2016 by in Honda Canada

  • With sales of some-more than 12.7 million units given a entrance in 1976, Accord is America’s many popular, best-selling car over a final 4 decades1
  • Honda has constructed some-more than 10.5 million Accords in a U.S. given a start of prolongation in Ohio in 1982 
  • Accord is a tip retail-selling car in America for a past 3 years2 and many renouned midsize car with under-35 buyers for 5 of a past 6 years3 
  • Honda pays reverence to abounding birthright of Accord by “40 Years of America in Accord” video ( and “Then and Now” video ( featured on YouTube

In Jun 1976 Americans were gearing adult to applaud a Bicentennial and collect a new President, singing along to a series one strain on a radio, Silly Love Songs and profitable only 59 cents for a gallon of gas. Along came a Honda Accord, a fun and fuel-efficient three-door hatchback, commencement a four-decade prolonged American success story.

Over 40 years and 9 generations, Accord has consistently set a benchmark for a U.S. car industry, earning a trust of some-more American car buyers than any other car during that duration – with sales of some-more than 12.7 million Accords, a immeasurable infancy constructed in Honda’s U.S. plants. Through continual alleviation and innovation, Accord has warranted a repute as a segment-defining product, delivering class-leading trustworthiness and continuance with superb fuel potency and low emissions – along with polished and manageable pushing dynamics and top-class reserve performance.

As one critical bellwether of a success, a Accord has been named to Car and Driver magazine’s prestigious “10Best” list a record 30 times, a attainment unmatched by any other car of any type. And while Accord built a success by a faithfulness of a baby bang generation, a recognition continues with younger buyers as a top-selling midsize sedan and series dual altogether (to a Honda Civic) in sales to under-35 car business for 5 of a past 6 years.

“The Accord embodies a severe suggestion of Honda and a joining to delivering innovative products to a business of a top quality, trustworthiness and value,” pronounced John Mendel, executive clamp boss of a Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Accord’s success over 4 decades is deeply woven into a fabric of American car enlightenment and American industry, and we are grateful for and deeply shamed by a faithfulness and trust that a business have placed in Honda and in Accord over a past 40 years.”

Accord was a initial Honda indication and initial car from a Japanese automaker to be done in America and has been in continual prolongation in America for scarcely 34 years, given a start of Honda’s U.S. car production during a company’s Marysville, Ohio car plant on Nov 1, 1982. Through a years, it also has been constructed in a company’s plants in East Liberty, Ohio; in Birmingham, Alabama; in Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and in El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico. In total, Honda has constructed some-more than 10.7 million Accords in North America for both internal and tellurian markets. 

Accord was also a initial U.S.-made car from a Japanese automaker exported overseas, commencement with a conveyance of Ohio-made Accords to Taiwan in 1987, followed by a landmark trade of a U.S.-made Accord Coupe to Japan in Mar 1988.

From a common roots as a hatchback with a smaller wheelbase than today’s subcompact Honda Fit, to today’s full lineup of engines and physique styles – including a Accord Sedan and Coupe and just-launched 2017 Accord Hybrid – Accord has a bequest of care singular in a industry. Accord’s ongoing success includes 3 uninterrupted years (2013-2015) as a top-selling car in America to particular car buyers.

A core component of Accord’s fast success is a ability to adjust to a changing needs of customers, including younger buyers, that now means assembly direct for modernized connectivity technology. The 2016 Accord, that perceived a vital modernise in a tumble of 2015, is one of a initial high-volume models in a automotive attention to yield support for both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, seamlessly integrating a core comforts and functions of customers’ smartphones.

In a area of safety, Accord also was among a initial Honda models, along with a CR-V, Pilot, and Civic, to request a Honda Sensing™ apartment of modernized reserve and driver-assistive technologies, that can assistance forestall or lessen a astringency of a collision and that also offer as both a technological and perceptual overpass to a rarely programmed vehicles of a future.

The name Accord was subsequent from Honda’s endless bid to grasp “accord” between people, multitude and a car by modernized technology. The introduction of a initial Accord in Jun 1976 was poignant for both American Honda and a car attention as a whole. For Honda, afterwards famous especially for a motorcycles and a careful Civic, Accord was a initial step toward apropos a full-line automaker and a vital participation in a U.S. car market. For a industry, a Accord tangible a new kind of car – a unsentimental car that total economy and value with sporty character and energetic performance.

To symbol a 40th anniversary, Honda is featuring a timeline of Accord firsts on a Accord family page of a website as good as posting highlights on amicable media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To perspective 40 years of Accord story and learn some-more about a many firsts, physique styles and models, revisit

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with modernized reserve technologies by approximately 1,000 eccentric U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes a Fit, Civic and Accord newcomer cars, along with a HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, Ridgeline pickup and a Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for scarcely 34 years and now operates 18 vital production comforts in North America. In 2015, some-more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sole in a U.S. were done in North America, regulating domestic and globally sourced parts.


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1. WardsAutodata Jan. 1976 – Dec. 2015
2. Based on IHS Automotive, Polk new sell car registration information for 2013-2015CY.
3. Based on IHS Automotive, U.S. new sell car registrations by volume for all models in attention and a age of conduct of domicile information for 18-34 year olds for CY2010-2015.

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