1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback

Description
The much-publicized technical advances of the new Honda Civic reflected growing demand for economical, environmentally friendly cars. In 1974, as Americans coped with high gasoline prices and shortages, the Civic was the most fuel-efficient car according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings. In 1977 it received an all-time high EPA rating of 54 mpg highway. The clean-burning CVCC engine, added in 1975, met EPA emissions standards without a catalytic converter. Only 12 feet long, the Civic had a roomy interior because of its unusual (for the time) transverse engine and front-wheel drive. Strong sales signaled the growing competitiveness of Japanese imports in the American market.
Object Name
automobile
date made
1977
used date
1977-2003
maker
American Honda Motor Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (windows material)
plastic (part material)
Measurements
overall: 132.588 cm x 150.368 cm x 375.412 cm; 52 3/16 in x 59 3/16 in x 147 13/16 in
place made
Japan
used
United States: California, Los Angeles
ID Number
2003.3065.01
catalog number
2003.3065.01
accession number
2003.3065
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Transportation
Road Transportation
Exhibition
"America on the Move"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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