Honda engineered to 40 years of success
ICAN remember the first time I drove a Honda. It was one of the original Civics in the 1970s (right) and it seemed tiny and tinny to someone who’d been doing their driving in a Holden ute from the late ’60s.
But it worked, and laid the foundations for the brand in Australia.
A little later I had a Honda S800 sports car. It was surprisingly fast for a car with such a tiny engine and was finished like a jewel, but could not cope with my heavy-handed driving and was costly to fix when every replacement part had to come down the then long pipeline from Japan.
Since then there have been many memora- ble Honda drives, from the Civics of the ’90s to the wonderful NSX and the hydrogenpowered FCX fuel-cell prototype.
These memories came flooding back this week with news Honda is celebrating 40 years in Australia.
The local company was founded in a twobedroom flat in South Yarra in the same year that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
What makes Honda special is the company’s engineering.
It is a brand that knows its stuff.