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The Honda Accord Celebrates 40 Years on the Market

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author photo by Doug DeMuro July 2016

It's been 40 years since the Honda Accord first went on sale in the United States, and Honda is celebrating the highly popular car's milestone birthday with a video and a look back at the Accord's history.

The very first Honda Accord reached U.S. dealers in July, 1976 -- the nation's bicentennial year -- as a 3-door hatchback. After 4 decades and nearly 13 million sales, the Accord has cemented its place as one of the most popular, trusted and well-known cars on the market.

"The Accord embodies the challenging spirit of Honda and our commitment to delivering innovative products to our customers of the highest quality, reliability and value," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.'s automobile division. "Accord's success over 4 decades is deeply woven into the fabric of American car culture and American industry, and we are thankful for and deeply humbled by the loyalty and trust that our customers have placed in Honda and in Accord over the past 40 years."

Indeed, Honda considers the Accord to be the top retail-selling car in the United States; it beats out its closest sales rival, the Toyota Camry, when you remove the Camry's fleet sales. The Accord has also received numerous awards and accolades over the years, mostly owing to its excellent combination of durability, comfort and value.

Honda is celebrating 40 years of the Accord with a video, "40 Years of America in Accord," as well as a "Then and Now" video that compares the original Accord with today's model.

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