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Initially founded in 1946 in Japan, Honda is best known for being the largest motorcycle manufacturer worldwide since 1959. As of 2015, they were the eighth biggest automotive manufacturer in the world and were the first Japanese automobile brand to create a dedicated division for luxury cars (Acura). They are also the largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines by volume anywhere around the world, with more than 14 million individual units produced every year.
Though they began with motorcycles, Honda began building four-wheeled vehicles in 1962. Their first production automobile was the T360 pickup truck, a 2-door vehicle with a 4-speed manual transmission and 356 cc engine. The T500 version of the same truck was priced at 459,000 Yen, the equivalent of $3351.71 USD. Today, Honda makes a variety of SUVs, crossovers, minivans, trucks, sedans, and hatchbacks. Some of the current models include the Civic, Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Passport, Ridgeline, and Odyssey. Honda sold its highest number of vehicles in 2017 when it sold 1,484,750.
Honda recently announced they plan to sell 2 million EVs a year by 2030, with a 20 EV lineup available in the US by the same year. They intend to spend $3.89 billion on electrifying their vehicle portfolio, with a further $6.22 billion dedicated to research and development. Honda also wants to sell 50% hybrid versions of their CR-V, Accord, and Civic model lines and has set a goal for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales in North America by 2040.