The Honda Civic (Japanese: ホンダ・シビック, Honda Shibikku) is a series of automobiles manufactured by Honda since 1972. Since 2000, the Civic has been categorized as a compact car, while previously it occupies the subcompact class. Currently, the Civic is positioned between the Honda City and Honda Accord in Honda's car line-up.
The first generation Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door model, followed by a three-door hatchback that September. With a 1169 cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions.