First Imported Automobile
Honda's First Corporate Office
1986 Acura Legend
Honda's Marysville Plant
Wealthy Americans purchase expensive ($15,000-$50,000) European cars like Mercedes and Hispano-Suiza, which they then import into America.
The first international car, the Volkswagen Type 1, is sold in the USA.
Volvo enters the American market with the PV444.
The first Toyotas and Datsuns (Nissans) arrive in the United States.
Honda enters the American market with the American Honda Motor Co., which created its own dealer network and begins selling motorcycles.
The first Americanized Toyota – the Corona PT20 – is revealed.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) is founded.
VW's Type 1 is first referred to as a "beetle" in U.S. advertising.
Honda's first automobile imported to the United States, the N600, is sold in Hawaii.
AIADA is founded as the Volkswagen American Dealers Association.
The oil crisis and subsequent emissions rules have more consumers considering imports.
With one million vehicles sold, Volvo is the biggest imported brand in the U.S.
Honda opens its Marysville, Ohio plant and becomes the first international carmaker to build vehicles in the U.S.
Honda launches Acura, the first Japanese luxury car, in the US.
The U.S. introduction of the Toyota Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle is introduced in the U.S.
The Honda Accord is the best-selling car in America.
Toyota passes General Motors as the world's largest car manufacturer.
International nameplates occupy eight of the top ten sales spots in the government's Cash for Clunkers program.