‘The Honda Acty‘
1977 to present day (昭和52年-今 本田アクティ)
The Honda Acty microvans and trucks are made at the Yachiyo plant at Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture. Up to 1985, they were made at the Suzuka plant at Suzuka also in Mie Prefecture. The “Acty” in Honda Acty, is short for “activity“. The Acty range is generally quite basic, although air-conditioning and power-steering are available along with various trim, decoration and customising options. They make 5-door Vans, and 2-door Pickup Trucks and use a mid-engine layout with either 2wd 0r 4wd options. Since the merger of the Subaru Sambar and the Daihatsu Hijet, the Acty Truck has become the only remaining kei-truck not to have a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.
[ First Generation ]
“27th July 1977 to March 1988 Honda Acty 1st Generation”
(Model series: TA,TB,TC, VD,VH)
Pre-facelift 1G Acty Truck:
The first Acty Trucks and vans were avaiable with a mid-ship mounted 545cc 2-cylinder SOHC water-cooled EH engine which produced 28PS (20.6 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and 4.2 kg/m (41N/m; 30lb ft) @ 4,000 rpm. This was about 50% larger than the preceding engine as used in the Honda TN7 Truck. The EH engine was actually based on one bank of cylinders from the Honda Goldwing GL1000 motorcycle !!
The Van was introduced in November 1979, although a truck based (TB) panel van was available from the very start. To save money, the same tail lights as the truck were used and the the side doors had centrally mounted handles, so they could be used on either side of the car. The Acty had considerable export success in Great Britain, prompting GM (General Motors) to unveil the Suzuki Carry / Bedford Rascal in response.
1983 2nd facelift Acty:
An upper trim level of the Van was offered on the 1st February 1981, as the Honda Street which was for home use only, it was mainly intended for passenger use. The “Street” was produced for two generations of the Acty Van. It was available with a standard or all new high roof design. The high roof was also made avaiable for the SDX Acty Van (only). The name was finally discontinued in 2001 after the reintroduction of the “Vamos”name, as a replacement trim level for the Street, on a shared platform with the Acty Van.
Late 1985 Honda Street 1G:
In March 1983, the 4wd versions of the Acty / Street were added. This model received 12″ wheels for increased ground clearance and an improved cylinder head, which increased power to 29PS (21.3kW) @ 5,300 rpm, with a torque of 4.5 kg/m (44N/m; 33lb ft) @ 3,500 rpm. It was the first Acty / Street to receive a 5-speed manual gearbox, initially on 4wd versions only. A larger fuel tank was also installed at this time.
In June 1982, the series received a facelift with the introduction of wrap-around indicators. While the Acty had round headlamps, the Street version received square units. From 1985 onwards, the Acty and Street were only available from the Honda Primo chain of dealerships, which were set up specifically for small and commercial vehicles. Australia and the United Kingdom were popular export markets for the Acty, but most were sold on the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM). In 1982, the Acty was sold in Australia except oddly not in Sydney, because Honda considered it too under powered for the hilly terrain there !!
1st Generation (1977 – 1988)
Length : 3,195 mm (125.8 in) Width : 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Height : 1,660 mm (65 in) Van: 1,745 mm – 1,895 mm (69 – 75 in)
Curb weight (Truck) : 590 kg (1,300 lb) Wheelbase : 1,850 mm (73 in)
[ Second Generation ]
“March 1988 to 27th May 1999 Honda Acty 2nd Generation”
(Model series: HA1, HA2, HH1, HH2 with the E05A engine) and…
(Model series: HA3, HA4, HA5, HH3, HH4 with the EN07A engine)
Early Acty 2G Truck:
The 2nd Generation Honda Acty was launched in March 1988, using the new E05 3-cylinder SOHC (Single Over Head Cam) engine developing 34 PS (25 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and 4.5 kg/m (44 N/m; 33 lb/ft) at 5,000 rpm. The first Acty Trucks and Vans were followed a month later by the commercial grade Van. The 4wd models were no longer available with automatic transmission. There was also an “Attack” version of the truck which was intended for farmers, Features included a locking rear differential and ultra low forward and reverse gears.
After the March 1990 facelift, the Acty received the same headlights as the Street model, while all models grew an extra 10 cm (3.9″) in length due to new kei regulations. The Street also received the same headlights as the latest model Honda Today, which were also used for the 3rd Generation Acty Van. The 1990 changes utilised the new Honda 660cc E07A engine, with fuel injection later being added in 1996. The carburetted version of this engine produced 38 PS (28 kW) at 5,300 rpm and 5.5 kg/m (54 N/m; 40 lb/ft) at 4,500 rpm. The Street could reach a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph), while the 4-wheel drive version only could attain 105 km/h (65 mph).
Post 1996 Acty Truck, final facelift:
In October 1993 the Honda Street’s front design was changed yet again, receiving larger, more square headlamp units. A fuel injected version in “Fox” and “Xi” equipment levels were also introduced to the Street at this time. This version produced 44 PS (32 kW). The front end changes were applied to the Acty as well, beginning in January 1994. The Acty and the Street were further modified in January 1996 when the turn signals were changed from amber to clear. At this time, the fuel injected Acty SDX-Hi was also introduced, only with 2-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual, with the same engine as the Street Xi (the Fox was dropped, replaced by the carburetted Street V). Production of the Acty continued until the arrival of the 3rd generation in 1999, although the Honda Street continued to be built until 2001 as it was only partially replaced by the pricier Honda Vamos.
2nd Generation (1988 – 1999)
Length : 3,195 – 3,295 mm (125.8 – 129.7 in) Width : 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Height : (Truck) 1,700 – 1,750 mm (67 – 69 in) (Van) 1,870 mm (74 in)
Curb weight : 670 – 870 kg (1,480 – 1,920 lb) Wheelbase : 1,900 mm (75 in)
[ Third Generation ]
“27th May 1999 to 17th December 2009 Honda Acty 3rd Generation”
(Model series: HA6, HA7, HH5, HH6 with the E07Z engine)
3rd Generation Acty Truck:
The 3rd Generation Acty truck was introduced on 27th May 1999. The van went on sale one month later. On September 30th 1996, the Japanese Government amended the Enforcement Regulations Vehicle Law, Ministerial Ordinance Number 53, which addressed safety requirements for front passengers, but did not allow for larger overall dimensions. Honda pushed the driving position back while keeping the engine in its traditional location underneath the vehicle. The new design retained the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout although it was now of a “semi-bonneted” design. Meeting the increased safety requirements was a major focus during development.
The base price of the pickup model was ¥777,000 (£5,566), with the van starting at ¥1,060,500 (£7,596) as of December 2008. Four-wheel drive is available as an option on all vans, and all but one model of pickup truck, making the Acty one of only a handful of mid-engine, AWD vehicles that are not designed as Supercars !!
1999 Acty 3G Van:
The maximum power in 1999 was 46 PS (34 kW) at 5,000 rpm. The engine was upgraded to the current 660 cc 12-valve inline 3-cylinder E07Z petrol engine, producing 53 PS (39 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 6.2 kg/m (61 N/m; 45 lb/ft) at 4,000 rpm on 4WD models. Fuel consumption was increased slightly with the introduction of electric power steering. Currently, the maximum payload is 200 kg (440 lb). The truck was available as a basic standard model, SDX (Super Deluxe) and as a more comfortable Town version. There was also the Acty Attack, a sparcely equipped 4WD version with a differential lock, particularly intended for farmers. The van was available as a 2-seater Pro-B (with division) or as the somewhat more comfortable Pro-A. There were also 4-seater SDX and Town versions.
The “Street” name was discontinued in favour of the Honda Acty Van based Honda Vamos. In December 2009 the Acty truck was replaced by the new 4th generation model, but the bonneted Acty Van continued to be produced with the 3rd generation bodywork.
3rd Generation (1999 – 2009) / (1999 to date (Van)
Length : 3,395 mm (133.7 in) Width : 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height : (Truck) 1,745 mm (69 in) (Van) 1,880 mm (74 in)
Curb weight : 800 – 1,030 kg (1,760 – 2,270 lb) Wheelbase : 2,420 mm (95 in)
[ Fourth Generation ]
“17th December 2009 to date Honda Acty 4th Generation”
(Model series: H8 with the E07Z engine)
On the 17th December 2009 the 4th Generation Acty Truck was introduced. It continues to use the E07Z engine, although now with 45 PS (33 kW). The chassis codes are HA8 (2WD) or HA9 (4WD). The wheelbase was shortened dramatically, returning to the 1.9 m (6.2 ft) as used on the 2nd generation Acty, in order to increase cabin space and to reduce the turning circle. In June 2012 the Acty underwent some light modifications in order to meet the forthcoming standards on lighting.
” W h a t T o D o W i t h A n A c t y ? “
2001 Acty SDX (Citroen H Classic)
Honda Acty Crawler.
1994 Acty 6-wheeler caterpillar-track.
Takes all sorts !!
The “Honda Acty” in Computer Games:
’99 Honda Acty in Overwatch: ’03 Honda Acty in Cross The Ridge R ’14: