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Honda's idea for a practical kei-class car came to life with the N360 series. The “N” stood for “norimono”, which means “vehicle” in Japanese. Hitting the market in March 1967, the N360 was built for domestic sales in Japan, while the N600 was destined for the European and American markets. The N600 was the first automobile Honda sold in America. As such, it is the genesis for every Honda hatchback that followed, both here and in Japan: Life, City, Today, Civic, and N-One. The drivetrain was even used as the basis for other Hondas, such as the TN360, Life Step Van and truck, Vamos, and Z-series.
The engine for the N-series was derived from the CB450 motorcycle. Both cars originally came standard with manual transmissions, but offered an automatic transmission option starting in 1968, making the N360 the first kei-class car to do so.
In 2012, Honda joined the retro movement with the N-One, a modern kei-class four-seat hatchback with styling that evokes the original N-series.
Manufacturer: Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo
Country of Origin: Japan
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine: 2-cylinder, 598cc, air-cooled,45 HP
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 81 MPH
Years of Production: 1967-1973
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