Honda had introduced the Civic in 1972. The Civic CVCC model equipped with a low pollution CVCC engine followed in 1973, further answering the market demand for a clean-burning car. However, since it was the newest entrant in a huge and hotly contested US market, Honda was quickly saddled with the reputation as a small auto maker with only a handful of models, like the Civic and mini cars. Therefore, Honda R&D rolled into 1972 with a project designed to develop a car one class above the Civic; a model that would be the logical step for Civic owners wanting to upgrade. Hence, a project to develop an upscale version of the Civic began, with Hiroshi Kizawa acting as development manager.
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