Honda Motor Company, Limited (本田技研工業株式会社 Honda Giken Kōgyō KK?, IPA: [hoɴda] ( listen); /ˈhɒndə/) is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.
Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA in 2011.
Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Aside from their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, Honda also manufactures garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, amongst others. Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000. They have also ventured into aerospace with the establishment of GE Honda Aero Engines in 2004 and the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, which began production in 2012.
In 2013, Honda invests about 5.7% of its revenues in research and development (6.8 billons of dollars).
Native name: 本田技研工業株式会社
Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki-gaisha
Type: Public company
Traded as: TYO: 7267 NYSE: HMC
Industry: Automotive, Aviation, Telematics
Founded: Hamamatsu, Japan (September 24, 1948)
Founder(s): Soichiro Honda, Takeo Fujisawa
Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served: Worldwide
Key people: Takanobu Ito (President, CEO and Representative Director)
Products: Automobiles, Commercial Vehicles, Luxury vehicles, Motorcycles, Scooters, Electrical generators, Water pumps, Lawn and garden equipments, Tillers, Outboard motors, Robotics, Jet aircraft, Jet engines, Thin-film solar cells, Internavi
Revenue: Increase ¥9.877 trillion$ 104 Billion USD (2013)
Operating income: Increase ¥544.8 billion (2013)
Net income: Increase ¥367.1 billion (2013)
Total assets: Increase ¥11.780 trillion (2012)
Total equity: Decrease ¥4.402 trillion (2012)
Divisions: Honda, Honda Motorcycles