The history of Honda Motors


Honda Motor Company Ltd. is an Multi National Automobile Manufacturing Company that manufactures various products like motorcycles, scooters, trucks, cars, jets, robots, jet engines etc. Initially to produce and develop 2-cycle motorbike engines, the Honda Technical Research Institute was established in Hamamatsu, Japan by Soichiro Honda in October 1946.


Soichiro was an Engineer and the Founder of Honda Motor Company Ltd. In his childhood he was helping his father in the bicycle repair business. In 1948 the Honda Technical Research Institute turned into Honda Motor Company Ltd. and its first Storefront was inaugurated in the next year with only six employees in Los Angeles. Headquarter of this company is located in Tokyo, Japan and working in almost every country of the world.

Considering its positions amongst the competitors throughout the world, Honda has acquired the sixth position in the automobile manufacturer and also the largest Engine producer. Like Hero Honda Motorcycles and Honda Siel Cars in India, Honda Motor has also got many joint ventures like Dongfeng Honda and Guangzhou Honda in China and in Pakistan it is Honda Atlas. To meet the demand in emerging markets and in U.S. for small cars Honda in September 2008 has increased its global production. The Downhill racing bike is manufactured by the Honda also known as Honda RN-01. The gearbox of the bike is the key feature and this replaces the Derailleur found in other bikes.

Honda was a small manufacturer of motorcycles in Japan market in 1960. Suddenly broke out and started exporting to U.S. and its entry in the motorcycle market of U.S. became a case study by the business schools for teaching strategy worldwide. The Ridgeline was the first production of the company in the pick-up segment which won the Truck of the Year in 2006 from the Motor Trend magazine. Also in the same year the remodeled Civic got the Car of the Year award from the same magazine. Its first luxurious car was Legend manufactured in 1985 and Gold Wing motorcycle in 2006 also equipped with an airbag. Honda has many firsts in numerous categories.

It is also the biggest Engine maker of the world. Honda ED is the first robot manufactured by the Honda Company in 1986. ASIMO is the eleventh robot produced by the company and looks like an astronaut. It can walk up to 6 km/h speed. It can descend and ascend stairs as the only humanoid robot of the world. In the world market of Jet planes Honda’s HA-420 HondaJet has introduced new technology.


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