Honda en­gi­neered to 40 years of suc­cess

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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.

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