Honda Australia

Celebrating a golden 50 years in Australia

Our diverse range of products have been enjoyed by millions of  Australians in cities and rural towns across the country. The joy of moving you continues to inspire our people to create innovative products that make your life that little bit easier. So, to each and every customer who has supported us since 1969, we’d like to say something simple. Thank you.

Original Civic (1973)

50th Anniversary

In 1973, Australians took a humble Japanese hatchback into their hearts and it’s been loved ever since through successive generations.

The Honda Civic had arrived a year after its domestic debut as a pioneer of the global basic car – a compact, lightweight two-door sedan or three-door hatch body style combining a transversely mounted, overhead-cam front engine with front-wheel drive (rather than the rear-drive common to small Japanese cars of the time).

Original NSX (1991)

50th Anniversary

Refinement, comfort, reliability, high build quality, good ergonomics and secure handling weren’t traits associated with supercars before 1990. And certainly not all in one vehicle.

Then came the Honda NSX.

Inspired by Honda’s return to Formula 1 in 1983 as an engine supplier and designed to bridge the gap between the company’s motor racing activities and its showroom line-up, the NSX aimed to redefine the supercar formula.

Original CR-V (1997)

50th Anniversary

It takes a special kind of car to define a whole vehicle category, but that’s exactly what the Honda CR-V has done since it debuted more than 20 years ago.

The CR-V arrived on the scene in 1997 as one of the pioneers of a new breed of 4WD – a sports utility vehicle that fused the cross-country mobility and stability of a
traditional 4x4 with the utility space of a wagon and the driving characteristics of a passenger car.

Integra Type R (1999)

50th Anniversary

October 1999 bookended a memorable decade for performance Hondas.

After the NSX had emphatically demonstrated its supercar credentials at the beginning of the decade, the $39,950 Integra Type R arrived as a Honda sports car that could provide driving thrills at the lower end of the budget spectrum.

This was the Australian debut for the company’s Type R performance badge, as previous hot Hondas to wear it – the NSX and Civic – had been limited to other markets.

Honda S2000 (1999)

50th Anniversary

A free-spinning four-cylinder engine with a 9000rpm redline and a specific power output – 88kW per litre – greater than any normally aspirated engine in the world at the time. A slick-shifting, short-throw six-speed manual gearbox. A low centre of gravity, in-wheel double-wishbone suspension front and rear, and perfect
50:50 front/rear weight distribution.

These are just some of the key factors that made the Honda S2000 the world’s most advanced sports convertible when it was released in 1999.