When we talk about Honda's cars in general, the first thing that springs to our minds is bunch of Civics wearing aggressive body kits, massive wings and loud exhausts. However, there's so much more to the cars they make. Over the years, Honda has given the world different Type R's to choose from, whilst being some of the best driver's cars in the world. The brand has gone from being a small setup in Japan to becoming one of the world's most innovative car brands in the world. However, Honda needs to bring back the fun factor into its cars, while also focusing on making them look great once again. We shortlist a few facts you may not be aware of...
1) The founder didn't like studying
Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Motor Company, did not have a formal education. He was born in a small village of Tenryū, and assisted his father in repairing bicycles. Soichiro had no inclination to pursue his academics, but had a massive passion for engines and automobiles. He left his hometown for Tokyo when he was teenager only to avail of an apprenticeship as a mechanic, and when he returned home at 22, he began his own company.
2) The first factory perished
Honda originally began its journey as a piston ring manufacturer for Toyota in 1937. Soichiro's Yamashita production facility was brought to shambles during a B-29 bomber attack in 1944. An earthquake followed a year later, which caused the plant to perish.
3) Honda's first car
Honda's first four wheeler was actually a T360 Kei pickup truck, which was introduced in 1963. Their first car, however, was unveiled in 1963 and was called the S500 sports car. Later, the S600 followed, the manufacturer's first mass-produced vehicle. These cars were basically two-seater roadsters, while the S600 was sold as a fastback too.
4) Massive production capacity
We all know that Honda initially started out as two-wheeler company, and once it became one of the largest bike manufacturers in the world, it started making 14 million engines a year, which made it the biggest producer of internal combustion engines. Honda earned the title of being the second-biggest auto manufacturer in 2001, and 15 years later, it was known to be the eighth biggest auto producer on the globe.
5) Japan's first luxury car brands
Honda took the wraps off its very own luxury brand in 1986, called Acura. In America, it was one the largest-selling luxury car companies, particularly when it was first introduced to the market. The success of the Acura brand inspired other Japanese car makers to follow suit, and so Toyota came up with Lexus and Nissan with Infiniti.
6) First to introduce hydrogen and hybrid cars
After Toyota's Prius became unimaginably popular, and was known to be the first hybrid car to be sold in America. However, that isn't true, because Honda cars sold a hybrid a year before the Prius made it to the market. Honda even managed to be the first to introduce a hydrogen-powered car in the States in 2008, called the FCX Clarity.
7) Honda's first supercar
Honda's NSX was the brand's first super and it was also the first production car to sport an all-aluminium body. Ayrton Senna played a key role in the development of the supercar, ensuring it was easy to drive, making it far more popular than Ferrari's 348 and a couple of other supercar makers out there.
8) Honda loves turbos
When Honda comes to one's mind, naturally aspirated engines are thought about. However, the modern times have witnessed a major evolution, with the latest NSX supercar boasting a twin-turbo hybrid engine. Even the 10-generation Civic employs a turbocharger. But Honda has been tinkering with turbochargers since the '80s. The Honda City ll Turbo was one among the first turbo models.
9) The original Civic was economical
Honda launched the Civic in 1973, and was designed keeping in mind the fuel crisis triggered off by King Faisal blocking the oil supply. The sprightly, small Civic was not only a peppy performer, but was also one of the most frugal cars one could buy back in the day. It could deliver 40 miles per gallon on highway runs.
10) They introduced Variable Valve Timing
Honda was the very first car manufacturer to introduce this technology in its cars. It gave birth to VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control). This helped enhance the car's efficiency and performance too. This has resulted in the production of many iconic engines. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.
- While you enjoy rides in your beloved automobile, it is inevitable that someday you might face problems in moving the vehicle around