Honda's Civic Lesson

By rights, late 1991 should have been a time of triumph for Ron Shriver. The Honda engineer, then 33, had just helped launch the all-new 1992 Civic at the company's East Liberty (Ohio) factory. Already, car magazines and enthusiastic buyers were showering praise on the spunky little subcompact. "Honda has achieved the pole position in the small car sweepstakes," declared Car & Driver.

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