Originally founded in 1948, today Honda is known for its sleek and fuel efficient vehicles, with models that range from hybrids to sedans, and deservedly so. In 2007, the Union of Concerned Scientists named Honda “the greenest automaker” for the fourth time in a row. This recognition comes on the heels of decades of experiments and innovations in making small, efficient cars. At 1A Auto, it is our mission to supply you with the right parts you need to keep your Honda car, truck or SUV working in tip top shape, at a great discount. Simply put, if you are in need of a replacement part for your Honda vehicle, you've come to the right place. You'll find a large selection of new, high quality aftermarket Honda auto parts, including headlights, taillights, weatherstripping, mirrors, door handles, exhaust manifolds, radiators, and more, as well as genuine OEM replacement parts - the very same ones you would receive if purchased from your local dealer, but without the inflated cost. However, we don't only just sell replacement Honda parts online here at 1A Auto; we also carry a selection of new and performance parts such as high flow air filters for your Honda automobile as well.
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Look no further than 1A Auto for your aftermarket, original equipment (OE) replacement, new and performance Honda auto parts and get your car, truck or SUV the new parts it needs today from Honda enthusiasts just like you! If you happen to be an enthusiastic Honda owner, have a deep passion for Honda vehicles, or just want to learn more about the automobile manufacturer, continue reading below for a detailed look at the brand's history and some of its past and present models.
Honda Motor Company, Limited is a public multinational corporation founded in Japan in 1948, with its main corporate headquarters currently located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is one of largest automobile manufacturers in Japan, and in the world, and has been the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles for decades running. In addition to their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, which the company is primarily known for, Honda also manufactures engines, power equipment, aircraft, ATV’s, robots, and much more. Honda markets and sells its vehicles in the United States through its North American subsidiary, the American Honda Motor Company, Inc., which was established in 1959 and is based in California.
Honda founder Soichiro Honda always was interested in mechanical work. As a young man he worked in a garage, tuning cars for racing and repairing automobiles. Honda knew engines and also had a very entrepreneurial spirit. In 1937, after receiving some financing from an acquaintance of his, he started a business, Tōkai Seiki (Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company), making piston rings out of the same garage he had been working in. He won a contract making piston rings for Toyota but lost the contract due to the low quality of the product. He went back to the drawing board and, after much research and refinement, developed an automated process which could be performed even by unskilled war-time laborers. This finally allowed Tokai Seiki to manufacture piston rings in high enough number and quality for Toyota’s liking.
At the onset of World War II, Honda’s company was placed under governmental control and Honda himself was removed from being president of the company to senior managing director after a 40% stake in the company was acquired by Toyota. The company aided the Japanese war effort by assisting other manufacturers in automating the production of military aircraft propellers and Honda was able to cultivate relationships in addition to the one he had with Toyota that would be very helpful following the war. Following the destruction of both of Tōkai Seiki's plants in the mid 1940’s from the result of war and natural disaster, Honda sold what was actually left of the company to Toyota after the war was over, the proceeds of which he would use to found the Honda Technical Research Institute in October of 1946.
Following World War II, the country of Japan was devastated, poor and was left to rebuild what had been destroyed. Transportation conditions in the country had deteriorated and the primary method of getting around was the bicycle; the countries citizens were in dire need of an inexpensive and fuel-efficient way to get around. Hoping to fill that void, the Honda Technical Research Institute began making and selling motorized bicycles after Honda was inspired earlier by the idea of attaching an auxiliary engine to power a bicycle that would be both useful and affordable to the nation’s citizens. Honda and a crew of 12 workers used 50 cubic centimeter radio generator engines left over from the war and affixed them to bicycles. When the war-surplus engines ran out, the crew began making their own copy of the engine for the Honda Model A, which riders started calling the “Bata Bata” after the sound it made. Cheap and versatile, the motorbikes were a very efficient mode of transportation and became quite popular. The actual Honda Motor Company, Limited that we know today was incorporated during this time, in 1948.
In 1949, Honda’s bikes evolved into vehicles that were much more sophisticated; the company produced the Model D, the first motorcycle for which it built the engine and the frame. Honda continued to manufacture motorized vehicles during the 1950’s, including the highly successful Super Cub. In 1959, Honda founded its first overseas subsidiary, the North American American Honda Motor Company, Inc. which was opened in California, in order to market and sell its motorcycles in the United States. Its first full year of operations was in 1960 but sales didn’t really take off until 1963.
Entering the World of Automobiles
In 1963, Honda entered the automobile world, starting first in its home market of Japan with a mini pick-up truck called the T360 which, with its four cylinder engine and small chassis, was small enough to fall into Japan’s Kei car (“light automobile”) category and a cheaper tax burden than other trucks. Later that same year, they came out with their first production car, a sports car called the S500, which featured motorcycle-inspired chain-driven rear wheel drive. Honda’s first four door sedan was 1969’s Honda 1300. The 1300 featured a dual grille, inspired by Soichiro Honda’s Pontiac Firebird, and an air-cooled engine, on the theory that liquid would eventually be cooled by air in the radiator, so it would be best to cut out that intermediary step. Again, keep in mind that Honda began with motorcycles.
Honda had been selling motorcycles in the United States since 1959, and in 1969, the company exported and introduced its first car to the U.S. market via its American Honda Motor Company, Inc. subsidiary, the Honda N600, which had been released in Japan a couple of years earlier. The N600 had a 45 horsepower engine, but with its 1100 pound weight could still achieve 81 miles per hour. Subsequent models, the Honda Z600 coupe and the Z600 roadster, were also released. Still, Americans were not particularly receptive to Honda’s early, quirky developments and sales were not spectacular; the company even considered pulling out of automobile manufacturing altogether. Honda’s fortune was about to change, though, with the 1970’s oil crisis.
With rising fuel prices, fuel economy and efficiency became a primary concern among consumers. The early 1970’s had also brought stricter regulations on automotive emissions in the U.S., with amendments to the Clean Air Act. Honda introduced the Honda Civic around this time and the car became extremely popular in the U.S. In addition, Honda had just developed its Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) engine, which was able to give a richer fuel-air ratio near the spark plug and a leaner mix throughout the cylinder. This meant that less fuel needed to be burned. This also reduced exhaust emissions without the use of a catalytic converter. The CVCC engine debuted in the Honda Civic in 1975 and was the first car to meet Clean Air Act standards without the need for a catalytic converter, the lack of which kept costs down. The car continued to be a strong choice for drivers seeking fuel-efficiency or ecological consciousness and helped the company expand into the United States market significantly, with over 600 Honda dealerships in existence by the mid 1970’s. In 1977, the Civic topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of most fuel-efficient cars at 40 miles per gallon. In 1995, the Civic was the first vehicle to meet California’s Low Emission Vehicle standards. 2012 models featured the Eco Assist technology, a visual display that tells drivers how their driving style is affecting their fuel economy.
The CVCC engine that powered the Civic also propelled the Honda Accord to success. Initially, Soichiro Honda wanted the Accord to compete in the pony car market with the likes of the Ford Mustang and his beloved Pontiac Firebird. Affordable, fuel-efficient cars were still the order of the day, though, so the Accord debuted in 1976 as a small hatchback. It proved to be such a strong seller in the U.S. that Honda opened up the first Japanese automobile plant in the United States, in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982 and started manufacturing Accord’s there. It became the first international car to be the best-selling car in the U.S., which it achieved only seven years later. In 1997, it followed in the footsteps of the Honda Civic by being the first vehicle to meet California’s Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle standards. The Honda Prelude sports couple followed the Accord shortly thereafter and was in production until 2001, when it was discontinued.
Following the success of the Accord, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to enter the luxury automobile market when it launched the Acura brand into the American market in 1986 in an attempt to gain ground in this market. To differentiate the Acura brand from its Honda line, the company created a second, completely new dealer network, with requirements such as Acura dealerships had to be located a minimum of 10 miles away from existing Honda outlets. The brand was America's best-selling import luxury nameplate in 1987 thanks to its Integra and Legend vehicles, and continues to be one of the top luxury automobile brands.
The early 1990’s were a tough period for Honda. Its founder, Soichiro Honda, passed away in 1991 and, despite its prior successes, the company had quickly found itself being outpaced by other Japanese automakers in terms of the development and release of new models, and was also caught off-guard by the truck and SUV boom that had arisen. The Honda Civic, Accord and Prelude were the only vehicles sold in North America by Honda at this point. All of this had taken its toll on the profitability of the company to the point that Japanese media reported that Honda was at serious risk of a hostile takeover at the hands of Mitsubishi Motors. Its recently appointed new CEO, Nobuhiko Kawamoto, who came into the position in 1992, quickly went into action to change Honda's corporate culture and its fortunes, rushing through market-driven product development that resulted in new recreational vehicles that were a departure from what the company had produced up until this point, such as the Honda Odyssey and later, the Honda CR-V.
Where the Civic and Accord were inspired by an energy crisis, the Honda Odyssey was inspired by economic crisis. In the early 1990’s, Japan was facing a recession and exporting large vehicles to the U.S. would have imposed a large tariff. So Honda designed this small minivan which was built on the Accord platform. Still, the American market wanted a bigger van, so Honda introduced a larger model in 1999. The smaller version was still available in Japan, and the larger U.S. version was sold there as the LaGreat between 1999 and 2005. The Odyssey has its own claim to environmental friendliness, with a production plant that was the first in the U.S. to operate as a zero waste-to-landfill facility. The Honda CR-V was introduced in Japan in 1995 and in 1997 in the North American market, and it was the first SUV designed in-house by the company. With his changes having paid off and Honda’s sales and profits both growing, Kawamoto retired from the company in 1998, having helped save it from crisis.
Honda took another step forward in its eco-innovation when it introduced the Honda Insight, the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle sold in North America, in 1999. It beat Toyota’s Prius to that mark by seven months. The 2000 Honda Insight still ranks as the EPA’s most efficient gasoline-fueled vehicle ever, with a highway rating of 61 miles per gallon. Generally, when one hears the term hybrid, one doesn’t think of racing, but the OakTec racing team in England has had some success with the Insight. They entered the car in the United Kingdom’s Formula 1000 rally series, for cars with engines smaller than 1000 cc. The Insight has a 995cc gas engine, but also the added benefit of its electric motor. In 2011, the Insight was so thoroughly dominating the rankings, that Formula 1000 organizers asked the OakTec team to exit the competition. Having proved their point, they graciously bowed out.
Honda continued to expand its lineup into the new millennium. The Honda Pilot, a mid-size crossover SUV aimed primarily at the North American market, was introduced in 2002. The Honda Element, a compact crossover SUV based on a modified CR-V platform, was introduced in 2003, lasting until 2011 when it was ultimately discontinued. The Honda Ridgeline, a mid to full size sport utility truck, was released in 2005 and was Honda's first venture into the North American pickup truck market. In 2008, the company released the Honda FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell automobile.
Since Honda forced racing organizers to realize how well a hybrid could perform, it only makes sense that Honda would lead in the development of a sport hybrid, with the Honda CR-Z. The CR-Z, which was introduced in 2010 in both Japan and in the United States, stands with a handful of Insight model years and the Civic Hybrid as the only hybrids available with a manual transmission. It is rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle by the state of California, with zero evaporative fuel line emissions and Super Ultra Low exhaust emissions. With its sporty looks, a 16.2 second quarter mile time, and good fuel efficiency, the CR-Z won 2010 Green Car of the Year from British automotive television program Top Gear, and was listed among the “Best Green Cars” of 2011 by environmental magazine Mother Earth News.
As far as Honda has come from the Bata Bata and air cooled Pontiac imitators, those early experiments paved the way for Honda’s innovations today. Even back then, Honda focused on getting the most of small engines and small cars. The outside the box thinking that Soichiro Honda emphasized in the early designs may not have worked off the bat, but it was that kind of thinking that helped Honda respond to the oil crisis and morph into the leading maker of efficient and green automobiles.
Today, Honda’s model lineup is extremely diverse and the brand continues to be one of the most well respected in the industry, with numerous loyal and satisfied customers located across the globe.
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