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Honda History

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Honda is one of the most recognizable and widely-trusted automakers in the world, and it has earned this recognition over the course of a storied history. Honda has spent 70 years refining its vehicles, increasingly pioneering in the areas of fuel-efficiency, reliability and light-weight construction. Read here for an overview of Honda’s history!

In 1946, Honda was founded by Soichiro Honda in the city of Hamamatsu, Japan and was officially incorporated in September 1948. Honda had served as an entrepreneur for some time before that, making piston rings for Toyota and the Japanese government before realizing his lifelong goal of engineering and manufacturing automobiles.
The Honda company grew rapidly over the next few decades due to equal parts business acumen and innovative engineering (and not a small bit of daring). By 1964, less than 20 years after the corporation’s inception, Honda had become the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. Honda’s first production automobile—the Honda T360 pick-up truck—was released in August of 1963 and the first production car, the Honda S500, followed closely at its heels, hitting the scene in October of the same year.
From world-famous motorcycles and those first two vehicles, Honda continued to expand and amaze. In 1959, American Honda Motor Company was opened in Los Angeles as the first subsidiary of Honda Motor Company outside of Japan. In 1973, it released the still-beloved Honda Civic, a fuel-efficient little hatchback that took the nation by storm; in 1995, the Civic would become the first automobile ever to meet the state of California’s strict Low-Emission Vehicle exhaust emissions standards.
Honda’s history is full of impressive engineering, green cars and plenty of business milestones that continue to lead the automobile industry. Today, Honda remains one of the world’s biggest (and best) automakers, leading the way in terms of new technologies, greener standards, and better business. That’s why we’re proud to sell Honda vehicles here at Avery Greene Honda.
Interested in a reliable, affordable and efficient Honda vehicle? Contact the sales staff at Avery Greene Honda to schedule a test drive in a new Honda Pilot, Civic, Accord or Odyssey. With a diverse lineup of new cars that offer plenty of great features, there’s sure to be a Honda to fit your needs. Try one out for yourself and learn why Honda continues to dominate in popularity and critical praise. Avery Greene Honda proudly serves customers in Vallejo, Napa, American Canyon and surrounding Bay Area cities. Stop by our dealership today!
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