Honda was founded in 1946 by Soichiro Honda, who opened the Honda Technical Institute. Their first product was a bicycle engine.
In 1958, the company unveils its Super Cub motorbike.
In 1959, the American Honda Motor Company opens in Los Angeles, California.
In 1963, the S500 sports car is released in Japan.
In 1964, Honda’s Sayama plant begins producing automobiles.
In 1966, the N360 compact car is debuted.
In 1969, the CB750 motorcycle is launched.
In 1972, the Honda Civic is released.
In 1978, the Honda Prelude is released.
In 1986, the Acura brand is launched.
By 1989, the Honda Accord has become the best selling car in America.
In 1990, the Acura NSX supercar is debuted.
Honda issued a recall affecting more than 1.6 million Honda’s and Acura’s with Takata air bags that could potentially cause death. The recall affects other manufacturers as well and was so large, it forced Takata into bankruptcy.
The company is expanding into other areas including aircraft, robots, bicycles, and solar power.
Honda makes about 1/3rd of the Hondas sold in the US at a plant in Ohio but uses parts imported from Japan. The Honda Passport receives high rankings and is made in Alabama.
Today, Honda Motor Company manufactures cars, motorcycles and other small engine items. Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959.