Here are some of the interesting facts about Honda, the Japanese-based automobile maker that’s one of the world’s largest.
Honda Civic Hybrid’s batteries were developed and designed to last as long as the car’s useful life. It is also one of the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in cars in the market.
The Honda Civic was launched in response of the fuel crisis that year. It became one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the market, being able to reach 40 miles per gallon on a highway.
The name “Prelude” was initially used as a trademark by Toyota, but it agreed to give it to Honda. The Prelude was the first of Honda’s series of cars with names that deal anything with music (it was followed by other names like “Quintet,” “Concerto” and “Ballade”).
The S600 bears a strong resemblance to the earlier model, the Honda S500, being also a two-seater “roadster” (or convertible). It was also available in fastback, which means a car with a continuously sloping back.
The Honda Passport was actually a “rebadging” of the Isuzu Rodeo. It was released in the US in 1993 by Honda as it made its first entry into the SUV market.
The “VTEC” or “Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control.” Honda developed this system in order to boost the efficiency and power of the four-stroke internal combustion engine. It uses two camshaft profiles, one for economy and another for performance.
Honda is currently the biggest manufacturer in the world. It has also been the biggest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959.
The Acura is Honda’s luxury cars division, first launched in North America in 1986. Japan’s economic difficulties delayed the launch of the Acura, which only occurred in 2008.
In 2011 Honda became the eighth biggest carmaker behind in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, and PSA Peugeot Citroen
Actually, the first automobile Honda produced was the T360 pickup truck, launched in June 1963. But the first true car produced by the company was the S500 sportscar, which followed after the T360. It was released the following October.
That is, Honda’s market value equals the market value of General Motors and Ford put together. Honda Motors is also included on the Forbes’ Most Valuable Brands list, with the market cap of $61.4 billion as of May 2015.