Brief History of Honda

December 16th, 2013 by

For several decades, Honda has been an automotive leader, producing a large number of high-quality, reliable cars and SUV’s. The Honda mission and vision that began in the mid 1940’s continues today, and the folks at Berlin City Honda hold dear to the standards set so many years ago. Have you been a fan of Honda’s for years and are in the market for a new or used one today? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’ve been driving Honda’s for years or are looking to make your next car your very first Honda, you’ll be impressed with the large selection of new and used Honda vehicles at Berlin City Honda, serving Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and surrounding areas of New England. Even if you’re not looking for a Honda, you’re in luck because Berlin City Honda has a number of other makes in our current inventory including the following:
Used Ford
Used GMC
Used Honda
Used Hyundai
Used Jeep
Used Kia
Used Lexus
Used Mazda
Used Mercedes
Used Mercury
Used Nissan
Used Ram
Used Scion
Used Subaru
Used Toyota
Used Volvo
Used VW
What is currently known as Honda Motor Company, Ltd. was born in 1948, just two years after Soichiro Honda established the Honda Technical Research Institute in Hamamtsu, Japan; the Institute manufactured 2-cycle motorbike engines of a very small size. Eleven years after the inception of Honda Motor Company, in 1959, Honda opened its first dealership in Los Angeles with a mere six employees on staff. Honda has come a long way in a short time, producing millions of vehicles for hundreds of countries worldwide each year.
In the 1960’s, Honda began selling power equipment in the United States such as tillers and generators, and in 1969, the Honda Dream CB750 Four motorcycle debuted in the U.S. In that same year, the very first Honda automobile, the Honda N600, was sold in the United States. In 1973, the Honda Civic, a car that would eventually become one of the most popular cars of all time, was debuted in hatchback form. Just one year later, in 1974, the Honda Civic, with a CVCC engine, was introduced and was the first vehicle ever to meet the requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act without the use of a catalytic converter.
The 1980’s and 90’s marked many milestones for the rapidly growing Honda Motor Company including the introduction of the Accord and the CRX, and in 1986, Honda launched Acura, the first luxury name from a Japanese automaker. In 1988, the Honda Accord Coupe became the first U.S.-built vehicle to be exported from the United States to Japan. In 1997, Honda began leasing the Honda EV Plus®, the first 4-passenger battery-electric vehicle powered by nickel-metal hybrid batteries.
At the turn of the millennium, good things were happening at Honda signaling a hopeful future for this automaker. In 2001, the Civic Coupe, the first U.S.-designed, developed and manufactured compact car, earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front and side impacts. This was a huge milestone today as it earned Honda a reputation for safety that would continue to present day.
If you love driving Honda’s or have never driven one and want to see what other drivers are raving about, stop by Berlin City Honda, serving Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and surrounding areas. We have new Honda’s for you to test drive, and we also carry these popular makes: used Ford, used GMC, used Honda, used Hyundai, used Jeep, used Kia, used Lexus, used Mazda, used Mercedes, used Mercury, used Nissan, used Ram, used Scion, used Subaru, used Toyota, used Volvo and used VW vehicles. Why not test drive a variety of vehicles today?
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