History of Honda

Honda, one of the most important manufacturers worldwide, has earned the reputation of being one of the more responsible environmentally. Its slogan is "The Power of Dreams" (the power of dreams). One of the key points that distinguish the company is the research and development of new technologies, which enable to achieve the desired "sustainable mobility".

Thanks to decades of efforts, Honda vehicles are among the least polluting, in each of its categories. Policies focus on responsible and efficient use of energy, reduction of harmful emissions, and engine optimization. These measures will reach all areas: development, production, sales, etc.

As it is well-known, in addition to the manufacture of cars, Honda is dedicated to various fields, such as motorcycles, marine and aircraft engines, boats, and even are responsible for the most advanced humanoid robot : the popular ASIMO.

Under the name of Honda Technical Research Institute (Honda Technical Research Institute), this important company was founded in 1946 by Japanese engineer Soichiro Honda, in the town of Hamamatsu. The first product manufactured was a bicycle with a small auxiliary engine. That reflects very well the innovative spirit of the firm; Since its inception. Not in vain the Mission of Honda is defined as: "to offer products that contribute to the improvement of the mobility of people and the welfare of society".

It was renamed in 1948 as we know it today, with the denomination of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. The T360 and the S500 (the first sports car brand) were launched in 1963.

A truly memorable model, which marked time, was the Honda Civic CVCC, released in 1972. During the crisis of the 70's, it was the first car to overcome the severe requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act (California the Clean Air Act). Only four years later - in 1976 - this model reached one million units sold, coinciding with the global launch of the Honda Accord, another historical car of the Japanese brand, which would have and still has numerous reissues, to be updated every time technology.

Honda would mark a milestone in 1988, with the 3G Prelude: the first car to offer an address system on all four wheels, Four Wheel Steering (4WS). Following a trail of success, with a very well deserved reputation, Honda reached a cumulative 30 million vehicles produced brand in 1995.

However, the journey of Honda has not always been of the simplest. For example, on December 4, 2008, was for sale the team of Formula 1 Honda F1 Racing Team, due to the ravages of the prevailing economic crisis. The team was bought by Ross Brawn, to be called Brawn GP and reaching the builders 2009 World Championships. Also in March 2009, Honda slashed its production by 40%, to curb the drastic drop in their sales.

Currently, the company is focused on boosting the hybrid engines, considering that this technology is the future of the global automotive industry, to be the most effective way to reduce pollution in a massive way.

To that end, in February 2009 he released the Honda Insight, a hybrid of competitive price, heir of the original Insight (1999) which was the first of its kind to be marketed in Europe and the United States.

But the most hopeful and technology revolutionary propulsion of vehicles being developed by Honda is probably the hydrogen fuel cell. Since the 1980s is is investigating what would be the only promise to get a vehicle with zero emissions, as well as read; therefore only emits water vapor.

The car, still in prototype stage, is called FCX Clarity. To date, can travel 460 Km without refueling, with a speed of 160 Km/h. It is a real symbol of the mobility of the future. And thanks to Honda this valuable initiative.

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Honda Cars Reviews

Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

The new CRZ is a compact hybrid electric car manufactured by Honda and it is marketed as Hybrid sport coupe. It combines a hybrid-gasoline power-train with many traditional elements of a sports car. CRZ notably has a 2+2 seating arrangement and a 6-speed standard manual gear-box.

Honda NSX

Honda NSX

Honda NSX is a sports car that was produced in the year 1990, whose production ended in 2005. NSX was manufactured by Honda, the renowned Japanese automaker, and the vehicle was equipped with a rear wheel drive layout and a mid-engine.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord’s four door sedan variant has been the best-selling car in the U.S. since 1989. The production of the car started in 1976. The Accord nameplate has been used worldwide on coupes, wagons, hatchbacks and a crossover.

Technical characteristics of Honda Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Honda Accord Hatchback 1600 SL 1981 90HP (66 kW) @ 5300 rpm n/a
2 Honda Element Automatic 2003 162HP (119 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.8 l/100km
3 Honda Civic Ferio RS CVT 2000 129HP (95 kW) @ 6300 rpm 8.8 l/100km
4 Honda Edix 20X 2004 156HP (114 kW) @ 6500 rpm 5.1 l/100km
5 Honda Accord LX Hatchback 1976 80HP (59 kW) @ 5300 rpm n/a
6 Honda Accord DX 2002 162HP (119 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.8 l/100km
7 Honda Edix 20X 4WD 2004 156HP (114 kW) @ 6500 rpm 5.1 l/100km
8 Honda Accord 1800 GF 1979 91HP (67 kW) @ 5300 rpm 5.3 l/100km
9 Honda Civic 2.2 i-CTDi 2005 139HP (102 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.1 l/100km
10 Honda Life Automatic 1998 49HP (36 kW) @ 7000 rpm 12.2 l/100km
11 Honda S2000 1998 253HP (186 kW) @ 8300 rpm 12.2 l/100km
12 Honda Element 4WD Automatic 2003 162HP (119 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.8 l/100km
13 Honda Accord Coup? EX 2002 162HP (119 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.8 l/100km
14 Honda Accord EX 1977 82HP (60 kW) @ 5300 rpm n/a
15 Honda Civic Type R Dangan 2001 214HP (158 kW) @ 8000 rpm 6.3 l/100km