1 Nov 1988
Larger, longer and more refined than the 1987-91 Civic it was loosely based on, the front-wheel drive Concerto was a joint-venture between Honda and Britain’s Austin-Rover Group that eventually produced the Europe-only Rover 200/400 Series.
And despite the Civic-sourced double wishbone suspension, 88kW 1.6L single-cam 16-valve engine and four-speed auto/five-speed manual transmission choices, the Japanese-built Concerto’s glassy, roomy five-door hatchback body was unique.
However, it never sold to expectations, hampered by its high price, middling performance and dowdy image.
And just the single EXi model arrived, with central locking, power windows, power steering and cloth trim.
A special edition called Reprise arrived in mid-’91 with alloy wheels and air-conditioning thrown in, followed by a small facelift later that year.
Few cared when it disappeared in early 1993.
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