Note: North American highlights in bold.
Honda Motor Co. sets new all-time records for automobile production
in China and Asia.
• American Honda earns the highest fleet-average fuel economy among all U.S. automotive marketing groups as determined by the U.S. EPA in its MY2008 report on U.S. fuel economy trends.
• Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co. establishes new R&D center in Bangkok, Thailand, for the development of products and technologies that support the unique needs of customers in Honda’s Asia/Oceania region.
• Honda Manufacturing of Alabama begins production of passenger cars (Accord V6 Sedans) after eight years of light truck production.
• Takanobu Ito becomes the seventh President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
The new Ogawa engine plant began Phase 1 production activity including casting and machining processes and supply of engine components for auto plants in Japan and other regions.
Honda of America Mfg.’s East Liberty Plant receives the Gold award for the highest quality in North America in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 survey of new-vehicle quality (IQS).
Honda commemorates 50 years of operations in America, marking the incorporation of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on June 11, 1959.
Acura begins U.S. sales of the redesigned 2010 TSX sports sedan.
Marysville, Ohio, motorcycle plant ceases production after 26 years, as global production of certain large motorcycles is consolidated at Honda’s new factory in Kumamoto, Japan.
Acura debuts the prototype ZDX 4-door luxury sports coupe at the New York International Auto Show as the first all-new Acura model designed entirely within the confines of the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana begins limited production of the natural gas-powered Civic GX sedan in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the gasoline-powered Civic Sedan.
The Honda Insight becomes Japan’s best-selling vehicle in May, the first hybrid car to earn the distinction.
Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car
Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side-impact air bags (SAB’s).
The FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle is named 2009 World Green Car by journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.
The Acura TL earns a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA* for front and side impacts, making Acura the first automotive nameplate to earn both a top government crash safety rating and a “Top Safety Pick” crash safety rating from the IIHS for every vehicle in its line-up.
American Honda begins sales of the new Insight as the most affordable hybrid car in America.
American Honda becomes the first automaker to introduce a Class 8 diesel-electric hybrid truck into its U.S. fleet of trucks for the distribution of service parts.
Honda R&D Co. (Japan) in conjunction with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation introduce Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology which enables control of a robot by human thought alone.
Honda and GS Yuasa establish a joint venture called Blue Energy Co., Ltd., for the development, sales and production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles.
Production of the Honda Ridgeline truck begins at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, making it the exclusive production source for the Honda Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline light trucks.
Cumulative global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reach 300,000 units.
Honda Motor Co. announces plans for the establishment of a new R&D facility in Chiba prefecture, Japan, to work toward the establishment of bio-ethanol production technology.
The new Honda City is named Indian Car of the Year for 2009 by top automotive journalists in India.
Honda produces its 20-millionth automobile in North America as cumulative production of engines in North America exceeds
million units and production of transmissions tops 13 million units.
American Honda debuts the radically styled 2010 Honda Fury, a chopper-style custom bike designed by Honda R&D Americas, at the New York International Motorcycle Show.