Honda has a long and rich heritage of hard work, humble beginnings, and incredible success. From origins in a blacksmith shop to a trusted lineup of well-respected family-friendly vehicles, Honda’s is the epitome of a rags-to-riches success story.
Soichiro Honda’s beginnings
Honda’s roots are humble. The company’s founder, Soichiro Honda, was born in 1906 to a blacksmith and a weaver in a Japanese village. Homeschooled and taught discipline by his father, Honda became punctual, intelligent, and possessed a natural curiosity for the mechanical. His father ran a bicycle company in addition to his work as a blacksmith, and it was in a bicycling magazine that Soichiro first saw an ad for an automobile servicing company in Tokyo. He wrote a letter asking for an apprenticeship and was accepted shortly after.
After spending time as an apprentice at Art Shokai, Soichiro Honda went on to open his own branch of the company in Hamamatsu in 1928. He became involved in motorsports, but after an accident in 1936, Honda’s interest moved from auto service to manufacturing. The Honda Motor Company was formally established in 1949 and began producing motorcycles, which made their way to the United States in the 1950s.
Groundbreaking passenger cars
In 1969, the HondaN600 became the first car sold under the Honda name in the US, followed closely by the HondaCivic and then the Accord in 1976, both of which are still wildly popular today. In 1999, despite its short run, the HondaInsight has a claim to fame as the first-ever hybrid vehicle available on American shores.
Over 50 years of quality
In 2009, Honda celebrated half a century of providing drivers with reliable, high-quality vehicles on the market. Just five years later, in 2014, the Honda Accord hit a major milestone — 10 million units produced. To this day, Honda continues to produce loved, award-winning vehicles for its lineup.
At Sunny King Honda, we’re proud to represent a brand with as much depth and history at Honda. Pay us a visit to see what it’s all been building toward!