The Honda Accord is celebrating its 40th year in America.

Honda is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Accord nameplate in the United States market.The Honda Accord arrived on the scene in June 1976 when gas was just 59-cents per gallon and the No. 1 song on the radio was Silly Love Songs. Although just a newcomer at the time, the Accord has gone on to become America's best-selling car over the last four-decades.

"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 the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Accord's success over four 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."

The Accord started life as a three-door hatchback with a wheelbase shorter than that of today's Fit sub-compact, but the nameplate has grown up through its nine-generation to become a mid-size vehicle offered as a coupe and sedan.

The Accord set a major milestone in 1982 when it became the first Honda and first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be produced in the United States. The current-day Accord is still made in the same plant in Marysville, Ohio.