1946, when the most common mode of transportation was the bicycle. On encountering the former Emperial Army’s generator engines to power wireless radios, Soichiro Honda developed the concept of using these engines as auxiliary power for bicycles. Modifying the 500 or so engines, Honda had produced and sold bicycles with auxiliary engines. The new bicycle was an instant hit, with orders coming in and stocks running out, so Honda decided to develop and original engine. In 1947, the A-Type engine, emblazoned with Honda’s name for the very first time, was completed.
34 employees, 1 million yen capital
Honda started as a bicycle auxiliary engine manufacturer in a small factory in Hamamatsu.
The H-Type farming engine ushers in a new era, and in 1959 the F150 tiller goes on sale.
Despite troubled times, Honda announces its entry into the pinnacle of motorcycle racings. Five years later, Honda enters its first race.
The friendly, convenient scooter became an enormous hit.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda’s first overseas subsidiary, is established in Los Angeles.
Begins as an entity independent from Honda, to freely concentrate on research and development.
Honda dominates the top 5 spots in the 125cc and 250cc classes.
The circuit is born as Japan’s first international-class racing track.
Honda releases the T360 mini-truck, followed by the S500 sports car.
Japan’s first Formula 1 machine, the RA271, debuts at the German Grand Prix.
Honda takes its first Formula 1 victory the following year, in the final round at Mexico
Honda begins a motorcycle/automobile industry-first effort to promote driving safety.
Honda becomes the first manufacturer in the world to fully comply with the most stringent emission regulations at the time, the U.S. Clean Air Act In 1970, or the so-called “Muskie Law.”
Honda released the first car navigation system, Honda Electro Gyrocator that displayed the current location on a map.
Honda realized Japan’s first automobile equipped with the Franz System, supporting drivers with leg of arm disabilities.
Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominate the season driving McLaren-Honda MP4/4s.
Japan’s first combined oval and road courses
Honda realized a new lightweight humanoid robot that can walk in a similar manner to humans.
FCX became the first vehicle to receive U.S. government certification as a fuel cell vehicle, and went on lease-sale in the U.S. and Japan.
Honda achieves an unprecedented number of motorcycle road racing grand prix victories.
Honda rejoins Formula 1 racing for the first time in 7 years as a power unit supplier, to pursue new technological challenges.
HondaJet achieves United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification, and delivery to customers begins.
Clarity Fuel Cell achieves top-class fuel cell vehicle driving range of 750km.