Friday, September 19, 2008

Soichiro Honda


Today we pay tribute to Soichiro Honda (1906-1991) for his contribution to the world's auto industry.

Honda left school in 1922 at age 15 to pursue a career in auto-mechanics. As an apprentice, he learned the ins and outs of the gasoline engine. As a professional, he honed his skills with precision, refining piston action to produce a higher quality, higher performance engine.

After retiring from mechanics, Honda started the Honda Motor Co. in 1948. He first applied his efforts to motorcycle manufacturing, which proved extremely successful in the Japanese market. However, he realized little success with his first cars - introduced in 1957.

In the 1970s, Honda's cars swept the world market. Honda's innovative engines quickly toppled the "gas guzzlers" of the day. Cars like the Accord and Civic simply out-performed nearly everything Detroit had to offer. In 1982, Honda began manufacturing cars in the U.S. Honda Motors has since become an industry leader.

With little formal education, and a huge ambition, Honda's pursuit of self interest brought all of his dreams to fruition and made each of our lives better.

Sources:

Joy of Manufacturing - Honda Worldwide

BusinessWeek

Soichiro Honda - Wikipedia

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