GO
GoAutoLogo
MENU

Make / Model Search

Honda - Civic - VTi-S

Honda Civic (Mk1 Civic)

Mk1 Civic

Make: Honda

Model: Civic

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Nov 1979

Honda logo1 Mar 1973

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

Honda’s 1972 small car was an update of the Mini’s transverse front-wheel drive engine layout.

Called the Civic, it catapulted its maker into the global big time.

Initially it was sold only as a 40kW 1.2-litre four-cylinder two-door “hunchback” or three-door hatchback variant, with the option of a four-speed manual or Honda’s clutchless manual two-speed “Hondamatic” transmission.

Their instant success led to the inclusion of a four-door 52kW 1.5L “hunchback” from October ’74, as well as a slow-selling five-door 1.5L wagon in February ’76.

At the same time, the smaller engine size was upped a little and now produced 44kW of power.

Two years later, all the three-door Civics were replaced by a proper five-door hatchback variant, with both receiving a revised nose, new interior trim and upgraded equipment levels.

Frugal, durable and fun to drive, the original Civic spawned the world’s first low-emissions engine in 1973, a feat recently honoured with an Engineering Car Of The 1970s award.

Latest reviews

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here