Honda Motor Company


May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 7, 2016

Honda LogoBrief History About Honda

Honda Motor Company was founded in 1946 in Japan by Soichiro Honda.

Soichiro Honda was a mechanic and also previously had a company that built engine parts. He also produced piston rings for Toyota and created a good working relationship with them.

After WW2 and at the start of Honda Motor Co, they produced motorized bicycles and engines for bicycles, as a means of affordable transport. Motorcycles production followed in 1949.

It wasn’t until 1963 that they built their first automobile (a small pickup truck), followed by the S500 sports car that same year. It also wasn’t long either before they took a step into Formula One as a constructor in 1964 and have been active in motorsport ever since.

In 1972 the ever popular Civic was introduced and even had an engine that was American emission friendly and economical, making it a popular car in the USA, just when the oil crisis was upon them.

In 1986 Honda introduce the Acura brand to build luxury vehicles for the USA.

In 1989 Honda introduced the DOHC VTEC engine, which was fitted to the Integra and then the CRX and has become a very popular engine for their performance cars.

In 1991 the Honda NSX was built and in that same year Soichiro Honda dies. After Soichiro’s death Honda started a downward spiral for a few years, almost being bought out by Mitsubishi, but regained control of itself, developing new cars and SUV’s.

Nowadays Honda also produces, not just automotive vehicles and motorcycles, but also various other types of engineering equipment, machinery and robotic R&D.

Honda S800
S800 1966-1970

Honda CRX
CRX 1983-1991

Honda CRX
CRX 1991-1997

Honda Civic Type-R
Civic Type R 2001-2006

Honda Civic Type-R
Civic Type R 2006-2010

2015 Honda Civic Type-R
Civic Type R 2015 on

Honda Integra Type R
Integra Type R 1998-2001

Honda Prelude
Prelude 1992-1996

Honda Prelude
Prelude 1997-2001

Honda Acoord
Accord Type-R 1999-2003 and Type-S 2003-2008

Honda NSX
NSX 1989-2005

Honda NSX
NSX 2016

Honda S2000
S2000 1999-2009