Honda Automobiles

Honda Automobiles

Honda Through The Years


The Honda Motor Company was founded by Soichiro Honda in October 1946. He was very interested in automobiles from a small age so he used to tune cars and enter them into races using his friend’s garage. As he grew up he decided to be in the automobile industry. Soon his efforts paid off and he got a contract for supplying piston rings for major car maker Toyota. But unfortunately he lost the contract as his products did not match the required quality. So he went to various factories in Japan looking for ways to improve the quality of the engines by making efficient piston rings.


Soon he was able to find a highly automated process that could use unskilled workers to produce high quality piston rings. Toyota was impressed by his product and bought it in 1941. Next he started a company called Tokai Seiki in order to produce his products at a larger scale. Soon Toyota bought 40% of the company and thus Soichiro and the officials at Toyota could built a lasting business relation. But a series of calamities damaged large portions of his company and this forced Soichiro to sell the remaining parts of his company to Toyota. In 1946 he founded Honda Technical Research Institute to sell customised bicycles with attached motors. He had only 12 employees who worked in a 170 sq ft. area.


In 1949, after years of persistence Honda and his team were able to release the Model D which was the first complete motorcycle they had made with their own parts. Soon the demand for this low priced vehicle increased and by 1964 the Honda Company was the World’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles. They did not stop there but tried out different possibilities in that time period. In 1963, they were able to release their first ever four wheel vehicle in the form of the T360 mini pick-up truck.


Soon they went on to expand their range of vehicles and they produced their first car called the S500 Sports Car. In 1986 they ventured into luxury car segment and released the very successful Acura. In 1991 they released the Honda NSX Supercar which was the first vehicle to incorporate the V6 engine with the latest variable-valve timing. Their success had no limits here after as they kept innovating and started producing scooters, engines, generators, motors and pumps successfully.


Honda has the reputation of being the largest producer of internal combustion engines reaching an impressive figure of 15 million in 2012. It also is the eighth biggest automobile manufacturer in the world, an industry into which it had a very late entry. In 2012, Honda had more than $99 billion in revenues out of which $3 was the yearly profit. It has more than 175,000 employees located in various parts of the World. As of 2013 it has released more than thirty models of cars bettering its performance year after year.


From producing noisy scooters to making the finest cars on the planet, Honda has come a long way in evolving as a company. It has been on the verge of sell out but has come back strongly to cement itself as one of the biggest players in the international automobile market. It has held its reputation of being the World’s largest motorcycle manufacture since it claimed that position in 1964. Today you cannot see many roads without seeing a Honda made vehicle pass by. Honda has gone on to become a global superpower in the automobile industry.


According to Wikipedia, the first production automobile from Honda was the T360 mini pick-up truck, which went on sale in August 1963. Powered by a small 356-cc straight-4 gasoline engine, it was classified under the cheaper Kei car tax bracket. The first production car was the S500 sports car, which followed the T360 into production in October 1963. Its chain-driven rear wheels pointed to Honda’s motorcycle origins.


Over the next few decades, Honda worked to expand its product line and expanded operations and exports to numerous countries around the world. In 1986, they introduced the successful Acura brand to the American market in an attempt to gain ground in the luxury vehicle market. The year 1991 saw the introduction of the Honda NSX supercar, the first all-aluminum monocoque vehicle that incorporated a mid-engine V6 with variable-valve timing.


CEO Tadashi Kume was succeeded by Nobuhiko Kawamoto in 1990. Kawamoto was selected over Shoichiro Irimajiri, who oversaw the successful establishment of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. in Marysville, Ohio. Both Kawamoto and Irimajiri shared a friendly rivalry within Honda, and Irimajiri would resign in 1992 due to health issues.


Following the death of Soichiro Honda and the departure of Irimajiri, Honda found itself quickly being outpaced in product development by other Japanese automakers and was caught off-guard by the truck and sport utility vehicle boom of the 1990s, all which took a toll on the profitability of the company. Japanese media reported in 1992 and 1993 that Honda was at serious risk of an unwanted and hostile takeover by Mitsubishi Motors, who at the time was a larger automaker by volume and flush with profits from their successful Pajero and Diamante.


Kawamoto acted quickly to change the corporate culture, rushing through market-driven product development that resulted in recreational vehicles such as the first generation Odyssey and the CR-V, and a refocusing away from some of the numerous sedans and coupes that were popular with Honda’s engineers but not with the buying public. The most shocking change came when Kawamoto ended Honda’s successful participation in Formula One after the 1992 season, citing costs in light of the takeover threat from Mitsubishi as well as the desire to create a more environmentally-friendly company image.


Honda has seen success all over the world in the last few decades. Even though the automobile line started out a bit rough, they persevered and flourished and are now a major player in the U.S. market.


Honda continues to produce wonderful vehicles including the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot. They remain one of the five top selling auto manufacturers in the world.




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Honda Automobiles

Honda Current Models

Accord (1976–present)
Amaze (2013–present)
Avancier (2016–present)
Ballade (1980–1991, 2014–present)
Brio (2011–present)
BR-V (2015–present)
City (1981–present)
Civic (1972–present)
Civic Tourer (2014–present)
Civic Type R (1997-2010, 2015–present)
Clarity (2008-2014, 2016–present)
Crider (2013–present)
CR-V (1996–present)
CR-V S (2012–present)
Elysion (2003–present)
Fit/Jazz (2001–present)
Fit Hybrid (2011–present)
Fit Shuttle (2011–present)
Freed (2008–present)
Freed Spike (2008–present)
Gienia (2016-present)
Grace (2014–present)
Greiz (2015–present)
Hobio (2003–present)
HR-V (1999-2005, 2015–present)
Jade (2013–present)
Jazz RS (2005–present)
Legend (1985–2012, 2014–present)
MC-ß (2013–present)
Mobilio (2001-2008, 2014–present)
Mobilio RS (2014–present)
NSX (1990-2005, 2016–present)
N-Box (2012–present)
N-Box+ (2012–present)
N-Box Slash (2014–present)
N-One (2012–present)
N-WGN (2012–present)
Odyssey/Shuttle (international market) (1995–present)
Pilot (2003–present)
Ridgeline (2006-2014, 2016–present)
S660 (2014–present)
Shuttle (1994–present)
StepWGN (1996–present)
StepWGN Spada (2009–present)
UR-V (2017-present)
Vamos (1970-1973, 1999–present)
Vezel (2013–present)
WR-V (2017-present)


Honda NSX Supercar