Honda Automobile Company, Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment.
Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, reaching a production of 400 million by the end of 2019, as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. The company became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. In 2015 they became the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world.
Honda Hybrid Electric Cars
In late 1999, Honda launched the first commercial hybrid electric car sold in the U.S. market, the Honda Insight, just one month before the introduction of the Toyota Prius, and initially sold for US$20,000. The first-generation Insight was produced from 2000 to 2006 and had a fuel economy of 70 miles per US gallon (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp) for the EPA’s highway rating, the most fuel-efficient mass-produced car at the time. Total global sales for the Insight amounted to only around 18,000 vehicles. Cumulative global sales reached 100,000 hybrids in 2005 and 200,000 in 2007.
In 2019 Honda started updating their hybrid lineup with the 2019 Honda Insight, a sedan hybrid based on the Civic. It claims it will operate on electricity in many driving conditions, but has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine operating 151-hp that pairs with the electric drive they’re boldly boasting about. It is a front wheel drive vehicle with five-person seating, and CVT transmission, as well as an estimated rating of 55mpg in city settings. The 2019 Honda Odyssey meanwhile has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted to manual mode. It’s meant to cover the minivan class for Honda in 2019 and has 280 horsepower at 6000rpm, as well as a front wheel drive drivetrain. It provides seating for up to seven people, and its EPA designated miles per gallon is at roughly 19mpg in the city or 28mpg on the highway. It also runs on unleaded regular, unlike the bold change to hybrid of the Honda Insight
Honda Automobile Company Founder
Honda Automobile Company was founded by Soichiro Honda. He had interest in automobile at a very tender age. He worked as a mechanic at the Art Shokai garage, where he tuned cars and entered them in races. In 1937, with financing from his close friend Kato Shichirō, Honda founded Tōkai Seiki (Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company) to make piston rings working out of the Art Shokai garage. After initial failures, Tōkai Seiki was given a contract to supply piston rings to Toyota, but unfortunately he lost the contract due to the inferior quality of their products. After attending engineering school without graduating, and visiting factories around Japan to better understand Toyota’s quality control processes, by 1941 Honda was able to mass-produce piston rings acceptable to Toyota, using an automated process that could employ even unskilled wartime laborers
Honda Automobile Company Global Ranking
Honda, which earlier started with the production of piston rings for Toyota is now the 5th largest automotive manufacturer behind Ford and Volkswagen. While Toyota is still keeping the lead in automobile industry. With the spirit on innovation that Honda is committed to, in the next decade they will be closer to the top if not on the top.
Logo And Branding
The Honda logo means the capital H, but, naturally, in a distinctive design. H is the first letter in the name of the company founder, Soichiro Honda. “Dream power” is the Honda motto. This is the exact definition of the company’s activity.
In the time of its existence, the Honda Automobile Company has turned into the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and become one of the leaders of the automobile industry. Having created a global network of 454 subsidiaries and the branches, the cooperation with which is being undertaken on the principle of equity, Honda develops, manufactures and sells in the market a broad range of products, starting from small universal motors and scooters up to specialized sports cars; everything taken together gave the company world renown and trust of customers all over the world.
Honda Advanced Technology
Honda Advanced Technology is part of Honda’s long-standing research and development program focused on building new models for their automotive products and automotive-related technologies, with many of the advances pertaining to engine technology. Honda’s research has led to practical solutions ranging from fuel-efficient vehicles and engines, to more sophisticated applications such as the humanoid robot, ASIMO, and the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, a six-passenger business jet.
Honda Automobile Company Factory Locations
Honda Automobile Company has assembly plants around the globe. These plants are located in China, the United States, Pakistan, Canada, England, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, México, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Taiwan, Perú and Argentina. As of July 2010, 89 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States were built in North American plants, up from 82.2 percent a year earlier. This shields profits from the yen’s advance to a 15-year high against the dollar.
Honda Car Models
Honda entered into automobile manufacturing in the late 1960s, where Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan had been making cars since before WWII, it appears that Honda instilled a sense of doing things a little differently than its Japanese competitors. Its mainstay products, like the Accord and Civic, have always employed front-wheel-drive power train implementation, which is currently a long-held Honda tradition. Honda also installed new technologies into their products, first as optional equipment, then later standard, like anti lock brakes, speed sensitive power steering, and multi-port fuel injection in the early 1980s. This desire to be the first to try new approaches is evident with the creation of the first Japanese luxury chain Acura, and was also evident with the all aluminum, mid-engined sports car, the Honda NSX, which also introduced variable valve timing technology, Honda calls VTEC.
Honda entered Formula One as a constructor for the first time in the 1964 season at the German Grand Prix with Ronnie Bucknum at the wheel. 1965 saw the addition of Richie Ginther to the team, who scored Honda’s first point at the Belgian Grand Prix, and Honda’s first win at the Mexican Grand Prix. 1967 saw their next win at the Italian Grand Prix with John Surtees as their driver. In 1968, Jo Schlesser was killed in a Honda RA302 at the French Grand Prix. This racing tragedy, coupled with their commercial difficulties selling automobiles in the United States, prompted Honda to withdraw from all international motorsport that year.
Honda Cars are one of best affordable cars on the planet. Easy to maintain and durable too. Anywhere there is human beings in the world, Honda cars must be available. This made it one of the most popular car in the world. It is a car with second hand value, that is, you can easily resale the car when you are tired of using that particular product. A car with great interior comfort and exterior beauty.