Honda History

Soichiro Honda established Honda Motor Co., Ltd., on September 24, 1948, in Itaya-cho, Hamamatsu, with capital of 1 million yen. In October of the following year, Takeo Fujisawa, who became Soichiro Honda's lifetime partner came aboard as managing director.

The two aimed to build the company into the world's top motorcycle maker. That goal was realized through the sale of the Super Cub C100 in August 1958.

Since the company’s foundation, Honda has always conducted its business with an awareness of the global nature of its operations. Guided by an approach of “building products close to the customer” and striving for the timely offering of products that accommodate the needs of customers all around the world, Honda expanded its automobile production operations to different regions of the world including Asia, Europe, South America and China. In recent years, Honda has been pursuing the establishment of a flexible and mutually complementary production system which utilizes Honda’s 34 automobile production operations in 18 countries and territories. Through these initiatives, Honda reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative automobile production in September 2016, the 54th year since the company started automobile production. Also motorcycle and power products production will add to more than 560 million-unit in cumulative for Honda’s worldwide production.

EXPLORE HONDA'S LEGACY

2016


Honda reaches 100 million worldwide automobile production milestone

2016


2016


Honda adopts world’s first hybrid vehicle motor magnet free of heavy rare earth elements in collaboration with Daido St...

2016


Honda adopts world’s first hybrid vehicle motor magnet free of heavy rare earth elements in collaboration with Daido Steel

2016


First serial production Acura NSX rolls off the line at Performace Manufacturign Center in Ohio, U.S.

2016


2016


Honda develops world’s first cell production-style ARC(Assembly Revolution Cell) Line

2016


2016


Honda begins sales of Clarity Fuel Cell, which realizes the world’s top-class cruising range among zero emission vehicl...

2016


Honda begins sales of Clarity Fuel Cell, which realizes the world’s top-class cruising range among zero emission vehicles of approximately 750km

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