Honda Motor Company, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation that is primarily known for manufacturing automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment. Founded in 1948 by Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa, Honda has grown to become one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, with a global presence in over 150 countries.
In recent news, Honda has made headlines for a variety of reasons. In 2021, the company announced that it would be pulling out of Formula One at the end of the season, despite delivering what was considered to be the best engine on the grid. However, in a surprising move, Honda has since announced that it will be returning to Formula One as a full-blown engine manufacturer, powering Aston Martin's title ambitions when the sport enters a new era in 2026.
Honda has also been in the news for its financial performance. The company recently forecasted record sales revenue for the fiscal year ending in March 2024, at 18.2 trillion yen ($136 billion), and a 19.1% rise in operating profit for this business year. However, the company missed analysts' estimates in the fourth quarter, leading to some uncertainty about its future financial performance.
In addition to its financial performance, Honda has also been in the news for safety concerns. The company recently issued a warning for 8,200 model year Acura and Honda vehicles with unrepaired Takata air bag inflators in the United States, urging owners not to drive them until they get repairs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also issued a 'Do Not Drive' advisory for the 2001 through 2003 vehicles with Takata inflators that have a high possibility of exploding and hurling shrapnel in a crash.
Honda to return to Formula One as engine partner for Aston Martin
Honda has announced that it will return to Formula One as a full-blown engine manufacturer, powering Aston Martin's title ambitions when the sport enters a new era in 2026. The new 'works' partnership will transform Silverstone-based Aston Martin into Honda's sole focus on the starting grid from their current position as one of four teams with Mercedes engines. Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) president Koji Watanabe confirmed the manufacturer had no plans to supply power units to other teams. The move is also a major U-turn for Honda who only pulled out of F1 at the end of 2021 just as the company delivered what was considered to be the best engine on the grid.
Two-year-old girl dies after being hit by a car in Dewsbury
A two-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car outside a house in Dewsbury.
Two dead and two injured in Melbourne car crash
A black BMW sedan allegedly hit a Honda on North Road in Caulfield South, Melbourne, causing the Honda to roll and killing both occupants. The driver and passenger of the BMW sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Honda forecasts record sales and profitability for the current fiscal year
Honda Motor Co. has forecasted record sales revenue for the fiscal year ending in March 2024, at 18.2 trillion yen ($136 billion), and a 19.1% rise in operating profit for this business year, after it missed analysts' estimates in the fourth quarter.
Honda recalls SUVs in cold weather U.S. states over rust risk
Honda Motor said Thursday it is recalling 563,000 CR-V sport utility vehicles sold or registered in cold weather U.S. states because road salt may cause the frame to corrode and possibly detach the rear trailing arm.
McLaren and Red Bull in talks over engine partnership
McLaren CEO Zak Brown visited Red Bull Powertrains earlier this month to explore a potential engine partnership. While talks are at an early stage, Brown's presence at Red Bull's Milton Keynes headquarters was a surprise given his strained relationship with rival boss Christian Horner following the cost-cap row which last year engulfed the sport. Red Bull's engines are currently supplied by Honda, but the world champions will make their own power units from 2026 to coincide with a major overhaul of the sport's regulations. McLaren are due to be powered by Mercedes for another three seasons.
Toyota and Honda agree to biggest pay rises in decades for Japanese workers
Toyota and Honda have agreed to give their workers in Japan the biggest pay rises in decades.
Honda issues 'Do Not Drive' warning for 8,200 vehicles with Takata air bag inflators
Honda has issued a warning for 8,200 model year Acura and Honda vehicles with unrepaired Takata air bag inflators in the United States, urging owners not to drive them until they get repairs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also issued a 'Do Not Drive' advisory for the 2001 through 2003 vehicles with Takata inflators that have a high possibility of exploding and hurling shrapnel in a crash.
Japan's Honda outlines hydrogen power plans to go green
TOKYO (AP) — Honda is expanding the use of hydrogen to include trucks and construction equipment, electricity for buildings and even outer space, not just cars on the roads. Honda Motor Co. plans a new fuel cell vehicle for sale next year, packed with a
Sony and Honda unveil Afeela electric car prototype at CES 2023
Sony and Honda have unveiled a prototype of a new electric car called Afeela at CES 2023. The car is equipped with 45 cameras, radar, ultrasonic and lidar sensors, and can detect objects and drive autonomously. The Afeela brand name is intended to evoke an emotional connection with customers, and the car is designed to be an entertainment hub. Sony Honda Mobility CEO Yasuhide Mizuno said the company expects to take pre-orders in the first half of 2025 and deliver the first cars to customers in North America in spring 2026.
Google introduces new feature to make switching between Android devices easier
Google has announced a new feature called Media Notifications that will allow users to transition audio content from one device to another based on proximity. The feature uses Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and ultra-wideband to detect which audio devices are physically near the user, and then identifies which device a user may want to use based on their current activity. Google is working with both Spotify and YouTube Music on the notifications feature.
Multiple automakers issue recalls due to fire and safety risks
Subaru, Ram, Chevrolet and Honda have issued recalls for various models due to fire and safety risks.