Honda is a company founded in 1946 by a Japanese engineer and inventor and race car driver Soichiro Honda, born in 1906. The company in its present form and with all its more than 50-year history exists thanks to its bold, inventive and non-standard way of thinking and behavior. Born into a poor Honda family, without finishing school, at the age of 16 he entered as an apprentice in a car repair shop in Tokyo. Early attachment to motor transport was due to the profession of his father, a blacksmith, who was fixing bicycles and instilled in his son the skills to solve technical problems. In 1928, having saved enough money, he returned to his hometown in the province of Hamamatsu and opened the first repair shop there. In the same year, he received the first of hundreds of his subsequent patents - for the idea of replacing wooden knitting needles with metal ones in a wheel. Honda’s inventions in the future brought him the fame of a man capable of finding simple solutions to complex problems. In 1938, he invented the piston ring; Tokai Seiki Heavy Industry, founded by him in 1937, was engaged in the production of rings.
Now the company has 119 manufacturing enterprises in 33 countries of the world, which allows it to annually produce its products in millions of units. For the production of motorcycles Honda ranks first in the world and is among the top ten global car manufacturers. At the same time, it remains one of the few independent car companies that abandoned the idea of grouping concerns that was common among automakers. Honda has enough potential to continue to maintain its position in the global motorcycle and automotive industry.