Soichiro Honda was born to modest means in Iwata County, Japan. Honda began his technical training after leaving elementary school at the ripe age of 15 to join one of Japan’s top repair shops, Art Shokai. For the next 25 years, Honda would continue his schooling and attempt to refine manufacturing processes associated with engine production. After coming upon an engine in a friend’s home, Soichiro had the idea to power a bicycle with the engine. He would continue to work on the engine translation until September 24, 1948. The Honda Motor Co., Ltd. was founded with just 34 employees.
Today Honda continues to be the premier force in the engine making world and a hot choice for both the discerning consumer and the street tuner alike. Known for endurance, Honda produces top-notch vehicles that consistently put a hurt on the American big three’s market share.
April 30, 2013
The 2013 Honda Accord provides a host of industry firsts that, when combined with its smart design, should make it a big winner with consumers.
September 13, 2012
The Honda Accord has a reputation for being a solid and reliable family car, and that hasn't changed one bit.
April 9, 2012
There's a lot to like about the 2012 Honda Pilot, including decent fuel economy and more room than most SUVs.
November 16, 2011
We traveled up to Michigan on a crisp November day to test drive the all-new CR-V and came away very impressed.
Sites worth visiting
Honda’s official homepage gives a fantastic overview of the entire Honda brand. From motorcycles to Civics, engines to power equipment, their site has more than the standard retail fare of their competitors. You can still find the quotes, custom build your vehicles, but you’ll also find a nice synopsis of Honda worldwide and an extensive history lesson if you have the patience.
Honda on Wikipedia
The best part of the Honda page on Wikipedia is the discussion of all facets of the Honda brand. The site covers the marketing and public image efforts, the motorcycle and auto segments of the company, and a short discussion of the evolving leadership at Honda.
While they are known for longevity on the streets of America, Honda Racing pushes top drivers in the Indy Series every year. Check out their official homepage for info and links on each of their drivers as well as circuit news.
Around the Blogosphere
Honda at Autoblog
We really can’t say enough about Autoblog. When there’s news, they’ve got, and you should be there to see all of Honda’s newest developments. Follow their fuel-cell development and the newest teeny-tiny urban cruisers here.
Honda Vehicles Blog
This Honda blog shares some space with Honda’s luxury brand, Acura. The site is frequently updated and has plenty of the latest info from your favorite manufacturer. Read to your heart’s content.
Honda Civic Blog
This young blog is dedicated to Honda tuners and enthusiasts everywhere. The site features tutorials for modifications and pictures of the latest from the tuning scene. Check back regularly as these guys continue to grow and produce some helpful content.
Small but enthusiastic – you can say the same thing about your Civic. This club has been growing lately, probably due to their clean site design and excellent forums. Their member profiles allow you to list your car, specs, mods, and anything else you feel like sharing with a growing community.
This is one of the simplest sites we’ve seen, but their forum base is staggering. With over 200,000 users we can’t imagine there’s a question that hasn’t been asked. Check out their model specific forums for tips and tricks on keeping your rice-burner healthy.
If it’s tuning you want, it’s tuning they’ve got. This page is packed with about as much tuning information as possible. With specific forums dedicated to model, year, and trim package, squeezing an extra couple ponies should be a simple task.
First US Honda Plant Turns 25
Honda’s first US outpost turned 25 in November, marking the company’s continued success and innovation in the auto market. The plant produces as many as 440,000 cars per year. Read on for an interesting history of Ohio’s little Japan.
The Future is Now
All the talk around fuel cells says we’re a long way off. Not according to Honda. The auto giant is planning to manufacture their FCX, the first series production fuel cell car in 2009. Coming on the heels of the FCX is the CR-Z, a hybrid model for the sports car enthusiast.
Civic Mugen Priced At $30,000
The performance-minded know the Mugen marque as well as we know Honda. The new Mugen Civic Si has finally been priced. Just a touch above $30,000, it’s a shame they’re only making 1,000 units.
Honda Goes Whole Hog for Hybrids
Honda is trying to play catch-up.