Honda is a multinational Japanese automaker. Its headquarter is in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1946 by Soichiro Honda. He founded the Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company in 1937. The company made piston rings working out of the Art Shokai garage. It won a contract to supply these parts to Toyota. But one of its plants was destroyed during wartime in 1944. Anther plant collapsed in the Mikawa earthquake on 13 January 1945. Soichiro Honda sold the remains of the corporation and used the money to establish the Honda Technical Research Institute in October 1946. The company produces a variety of products, such as automobiles, motorcycles, robots, and auto parts like engines. Honda reached a production of 400 million by the end of 2019 and produces more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year.
The first automobile from the automaker was the T360 mini pick-up truck. It was unveiled in August 1963. The second one was the S500. It followed the previous car in October 1963. In the following decades, Honda managed to expand its market and product line. It exports to numerous countries around the globe. It launched its luxury brand, Acura, to the American market in 1986. It was the first luxury division established by a Japanese automobile manufacturer. And in its first few years, it outsold many established brands in the US for its high quality, attractive appearance, and advanced parts.
Honda entered Formula One in 1964. And it also has been active in other motorsports, like Motorcycle Grand Prix. It gained its first victory at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. It withdrew after the 1968 season and returned in 1983 as an engine manufacturer until 1992. In 2021, it left Formula One in order to focus its resources on carbon-neutral technologies. It has various electric and alternative fuel vehicles. The Civic GX was for a long time the only car factory-built to run on compressed natural gas in the United States. The car looks and drives just like the Honda Civic LX. And it also shared lots of auto parts with the LX. But it does not run on gasoline. It was produced from 1998 to 2015.
The automaker announced in June 2015 that it decided to phase out the natural-gas-powered vehicles. It would focus on the development of electrified vehicles such as hybrids, plug-in electric cars, and hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. And it also tries to produce environment-friendly auto parts. Car buyers from all walks of life can benefit from reasonable prices, high performance, and durable parts of Honda automobiles.