What is Honda Motor Company?
A: Honda Motor Company, Ltd is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft,
motorcycles, and power equipment.
Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since what year?
Measured by volume, it’s the world's largest manufacturer of what?
A: Internal combustion engines, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year.
Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in what year?
In 2015, where did Honda rank as an automobile manufacturer worldwide?
A: It was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the
world behind Toyota, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, General Motors,
Ford, Nissan, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
In 1986, Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release what?
A: A dedicated luxury brand, Acura.
Aside from their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, Honda also manufactures what?
A: Garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, and other products.
When did they introduce their ASIMO robot?
A: In 2000.
They have also ventured into aerospace with the establishment of what?
A: GE Honda Aero Engines in 2004 and the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, which began production in 2012.
Honda has how many joint-ventures in China?
A: Three. (Honda China, Dongfeng Honda, and Guangqi Honda).
In 2013, Honda invested how much of its revenues in research and development?
A: About 5.7% (US$6.8 billion).
Also in 2013, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to be a net exporter from the United States, exporting how many Honda and Acura models?
During the same period, how many vehicles did it import?
Honda's foray into four wheelers started with what?
A: Honda T360 in 1963
Throughout his life, Honda's founder, Soichiro Honda, had an interest in what?
He worked as a mechanic at the Art Shokai garage, where he did what?
A: He tuned cars and entered them in races.
In 1937, with financing from his acquaintance Kato Shichirō, Honda founded Tōkai Seiki (Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company) to make what?
A: To make piston rings working out of the Art Shokai garage.
After initial failures, Tōkai Seiki won a contract to supply piston rings to Toyota, but lost the contract due to what?
A: The poor quality of their products.
After attending engineering school without graduating, and visiting factories around Japan to better understand Toyota's quality control processes, by 1941 Honda was able to do what?
A: Mass-produce piston rings acceptable to Toyota, using an automated process that could employ even unskilled wartime
Tōkai Seiki was placed under control of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (called the Ministry of Munitions after 1943) at the start of what?
A: World War II.
Soichiro Honda was demoted from president to what?
A: Senior managing director after Toyota took a 40% stake in the company.
Honda also aided the war effort by assisting other companies in automating the production of what?
A: Military aircraft propellers.
The relationships Honda cultivated with personnel at Toyota, Nakajima Aircraft Company and the Imperial Japanese Navy would be instrumental in what?
A: The postwar period.
A US B-29 bomber attack destroyed what in 1944?
A: Tōkai Seiki's Yamashita plant.
What collapsed in the January 13, 1945 Mikawa
A: The Itawa plant.
Soichiro Honda sold the salvageable remains of the company to Toyota after the war for ¥450,000, and used the proceeds to do what?
A: Found the Honda Technical Research Institute in October
With a staff of 12 men working in a 16 m2 (170 sq ft) shack, they built and sold what?
A: Improvised motorized bicycles.
They had a supply of 500 what?
A: Two-stroke 50 cc Tohatsu war surplus radio generator engines.
What did they do when the engines ran out?
A: Honda began building their own copy of the Tohatsu engine, and supplying these to customers to attach to their bicycles.
Why was the Honda A-Type, nicknamed the Bata Bata?
A: For the sound the engine made.
In 1949, the Honda Technical Research Institute was liquidated for how much?
A: ¥1,000,000, or about US$5,000 today.
What were the funds used for?
A: To incorporate Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
At about the same time Honda hired what engineers?
A: Kihachiro Kawashima, and Takeo Fujisawa who provided indispensable business and marketing expertise to complement Soichiro Honda's technical bent.
The close partnership between Soichiro Honda and Fujisawa lasted until when?
A: Until they stepped down together in October
What was the first complete motorcycle, with both the frame and engine made by Honda?
A: It was the 1949 D-Type, the first Honda to go by the name Dream.
What was the first production automobile from Honda?
A: It was the T360 mini pick-up
truck, which went on sale in August 1963.
What was it powered by?
A: A small 356-cc straight-4 gasoline engine.
What was the first production car from Honda?
A: It was the S500 sports car, which followed the T360 into production in October 1963.
Its chain-driven rear wheels pointed to Honda's what?
A: Motorcycle origins.
Over the next few decades, Honda worked to expand what?
A: Its product line and expanded operations and exports to numerous countries around the
What did Hoonda introduce in an attempt to gain ground in the luxury vehicle market?
A: The successful Acura brand to the American market.
The year 1991 saw the introduction of the Honda what?
A: NSX supercar, the first all-aluminum monocoque vehicle that incorporated a mid-engine V6 with variable-valve timing.
CEO Tadashi Kume was succeeded by whom in 1990?
A: Nobuhiko Kawamoto.
Kawamoto was selected over Shoichiro Irimajiri, who oversaw what?
A: The successful establishment of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. in Marysville,
Irimajiri and Kawamoto shared a friendly rivalry within Honda; owing to
health issues, when did Irimajiri resign?
A: In 1992.
Following the death of Soichiro Honda and the departure of Irimajiri, Honda found itself what?
A: Being quickly outpaced in product development by other Japanese automakers.
It was caught off-guard by what 1990s boom?
A: The truck and sport utility vehicle boom.
Japanese media reported in 1992 and 1993 that Honda was at serious risk of what?
A: An unwanted and hostile takeover by Mitsubishi Motors.
At the time, it was a larger automaker by volume and was flush with profits from its successful what?
A: Pajero and Diamante models.
Kawamoto acted quickly to change Honda's what?
A: Corporate culture.
He rushed through market-driven product development that resulted in recreational vehicles such as what?
A: The first-generation Odyssey and the CR-V, and a refocusing away from some of the numerous sedans and coupes that were popular with the company's engineers but not with the buying public.
What was the most shocking change to Honda?
A: When Kawamoto ended the company's successful participation in Formula One after the 1992 season, citing costs in light of the takeover threat from Mitsubishi as well as the desire to create a more environmentally friendly company image.
In what year was the Honda Aircraft Company established?
A: In 1995, as a wholly owned subsidiary; its goal was to produce jet aircraft under Honda's name.
On 23 February 2015, Honda announced that CEO and President Takanobu Ito would step down and be replaced by whom?
A: Takahiro Hachigo.
As of July 2010, 89 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States were built where?
A: In North American plants, up from 82.2 percent a year earlier.
Where is American Honda Motor Company based?
A: In Torrance, California.
For the fiscal year 2018, Honda reported earnings of how much?
A: US$9.534 billion, with an annual revenue of US$138.250 billion, an increase of 6.2% over the previous fiscal cycle.