Honda Del Sol
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Make: Honda
Model: Del Sol
Honda Del Sol

The Honda Civic del Sol was also known as the Honda CR-X in some markets. This was a two seat convertible manufactured by Honda during the 1990s. It was based on the Civic platform, and was the successor to the popular Honda CR-X. It made its formal debut in 1992 in Japan and the United Kingdom. One year later, in 1993, it was introduced to the United States. To clear up some confusion, starting with the 1995 models, Honda dropped the 'Civic' name from the del Sol. The Spanish name del sol translates as of the sun, and logically is appropriate for the car's opening roof. However, it was not a full convertible, but it featured a removable hardtop that stowed in the trunk and a retractable rear window for that 'convertible' feel. In 1996, the del Sol was ready for some updates. It underwent a slight alteration in the non-European markets in an attempt to boost sales. But as it turned out, Honda was plagued by more than just design flaws. Poor body build quality, such as leaking roofs, and poor marketing had ruined the del Sol from the start. Production and sales ended with the 1997 model in the U.S. and they ended in 1998 elsewhere. Overall, a total of slightly fewer than 75,000 models were sold in America. Over those years though, two trim levels were initially offered: The S and the SI. The base S model came with a 1.5 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine and rode on 13" steel wheels. The up level SI model came standard with a 1.6 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine with Honda's VTEC along with 14" alloy wheels, power side mirrors, cruise control, rear disc brakes and a front anti-sway bar for improved handling. But, at the end of the day, these things did not seem to be attracting any attention.

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