The name of the car comes from the Italian word “concerto“, meaning a type of music where a single instrument is accompanied by an orchestra. The previous vehicles, the Ballade and the Quint[et], had a musical theme with their names. Due to the fact that both the four-door Ballade sedan, and the five-door hatchback Quintet were both high luxury content vehicles derived from the Honda Civic, the Ballade represented a type of music, and the Quintet represented a musical group. It appears that the names Ballade and the Quintet were replaced by the single name Concerto, while keeping the musical naming theme.
In Japan and other Asian/Australasian countries, the Concerto was also available with an SOHC 1.6 L dual carb engine. Four-wheel drive was also an option in Japan, borrowed from the Civic-based compact SUV, the Honda CR-V.
The Concerto was sold internationally on a platform which was shared with the popular Civic. Just like the 5-door Integra it replaced, it offered more features than the Civic and was more prestige market. The styling of the Concerto reflected an influence from the Honda Ascot, most notably the greenhouse six-light window treatment.
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