Ranking sixth in the Fortune 500 (2018) list of Largest Car Companies Worldwide lies the Honda Motor Company, another automobile giant to originate from Japan. Founded in 1948 by Soichiro Honda, a Japanese man enthusiastic about cars. The Honda car was invented as an afterthought, as Soichiro was invested in his company Tokai Seiki, a company that produced piston rings.
The making of the Honda ties closely with Toyota, an already established automobile company as at 1942. Soichiro started out producing piston rings used in manufacturing Toyota cars and after he sold his company, he went on to produce motorized bicycles before setting up the Honda Motor Company.
If you own a Honda car, you’d be familiar with the ‘H’ logo. That’s not the only logo associated with the Honda brand. Because Honda produces different automobile units, its subsidiaries are defined by unique logos. The Honda ‘wings’ logo define Honda’s motorcycle production unit, just as the ‘A’ logo define the Acura, a luxury subsidiary of Honda Motors. Honda has its tentacles also running in the shipping business, with a ‘Marine’ logo defining its shipping subsidiary. Talk about automotive diversification.
The Honda Motor Company sure seems to know what it’s doing in the auto business. Coming years behind some known auto companies, Honda has effectively beat through the fierce competition to carve a place for itself in the auto industry. Popular for its models such as the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord (who hasn’t been in these cars? Only a hermit!), these vehicles have been extremely successful sellers as car buyers have shown continued patronage owing to the reliability of these cars, many years on from when they were first launched into the market.
With more than ten generations of models produced since 1972, the Honda Civic stands as Honda’s most popular vehicle of all time. In 1982, Honda was producing cars in the United States, as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer producing in the US. Not long after that, in 1986, Honda introduced its dedicated line of luxury vehicles, the Acura with its magnificent styling, the first Japanese luxury auto brand. So if you’re driving an Acura, be sure to honk at other Honda cars on the road. You’re brothers! For drivers that are big on space and roominess, Honda rolled out its CR-V model in 1995 and this model has enjoyed tremendous success and sales. With modern CR-V’s featuring an all-wheel drive, spacious seating interior and Honda’s dependability, is there nothing not to love about this crossover?
With a symbol that represents a badge of durability, the Honda Motor Company is more than a car company. With its own airport in Japan, and plants manufacturing gardening equipment, power generators(I own one), marine and aircraft engines, even humanoid robots, the Honda company is nothing short of a massive conglomerate! So how well do you know the Honda? Let’s see how you fare in the quiz!