Building The Best
Honda”s founder, Soichiro Honda, was greatly interested in automobiles from a very young age. He worked as a mechanic at a Japanese tuning shop, Art Shokai, where he tuned cars and entered them in races. A self-taught engineer, he later worked on a piston design which he hoped to sell to Toyota. The first drafts of his design were rejected but Soichiro worked painstakingly to perfect the design, even going back to school and pawning his wife”s jewellery for collateral. Eventually, he won a contract with Toyota and built a factory to construct pistons for them, which unfortunately was destroyed in an earthquake. Due to a gas shortage during World War II, Honda was unable to use his car, but his novel idea of attaching a small engine to his bicycle attracted much curiosity.
He then established the Honda Technical Research Institute in Hamamatsu, Japan, to develop and produce small 2-cycle motorbike engines. Calling upon 18,000 bicycle shop owners across Japan to take part in revitalizing a nation torn apart by war, Soichiro received enough capital to engineer his first motorcycle, the Honda Cub. This marked the beginning of Honda Motor Company, which went on to be the world”s largest manufacturer of motorcycles by 1964. Interestingly, ”Honda” in Japanese, literally means ”root field” or ”original field”.
The company’s product range includes various models such as Honda Jazz, Honda City, Honda Civic and Honda Accord which are produced at the Greater Noida facility with an indigenization level of 77%, 76%, 74% and 28% respectively. The CR-V is imported from Japan as Completely Built Units (CBU). Honda is renowned for bringing advanced design and technology to its models and is also known for its durable, reliable and fuel-efficient cars. Remapped Honda Accord 2.4 AT Type VIII (post 2008) can have a upped bhp of 199 BHp from 177 BHp. Honda CR-V Honda C-RV 2.2 CTDI can turned into a beast by upping the bhp to 172 BHp from 140 BHp.