The Honda Motor Company, Ltd of Minato, Tokyo, Japan has been building automobiles for over half a century (since 1963) and is currently ranked as the seventh-largest automobile manufacturer in the world (in terms of sales volumes). In addition to automobiles, Honda is also renowned for its awesome motorcycles. It became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer in 1959 and has held on to that prestigious title ever since. Honda’s list of specializations does not stop there; it also manufactures internal combustion engines, power equipment, ATVs, watercraft, aircraft, lawn equipment, mountain bikes, and solar cells. Honda even exports soybeans from the U.S. to Japan (since 1986).
The Honda Motor Company was incorporated in 1949 by Soichiro Honda, its founder. The initial focus of the company was in the building of improvised motorized bicycles and motorcycles. Honda’s first fully-fledged motorcycle – the Honda D-Type, was built the same year (1949). Honda’s first automobile was the Honda T360 mini pick-up truck of 1963. The same year, Honda also produced its first production car – the Honda S500 sports car. Today, Honda boasts one of the widest selections of automobiles and motorcycles in the automotive industry.
Another thing that is unique about the Honda Motor Company is that it produces many of its automobiles in the USA even though it is a Japanese automaker. Honda has set up a total of 14 manufacturing facilities in the US over the years. The 1982 2nd-generation Honda Accord was the first vehicle that Honda manufactured outside Japan. Another cool aspect that sets Honda apart from most other automakers is the fact that it has its own airport. The private Honda Airport is located in Kawajima town, Hiki District, in the city of Okegawa, and it serves Honda Airways – a Honda Motor Company subsidiary.
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