Innovation

The power of curiosity

The only thing needed to change things is a simple question. Someone who is wondering ... Why is that so? Could it be otherwise? Could it be better?

Soichiro said once: "inventiveness, originality and new design go about exceeding the expectations of the public."

Driven to innovate

From the outset, has Honda dreams converted into practical, life-enhancing technologies for everyone. We are always excited about the results of our ideas-even though they seem in the beginning might not be successful.

"Soichiro Honda with the prototype of the chimney engine."

The chimney motor

In 1947 his first designs Soichiro engine – the ' chimney '. It was a genius idea ... and a early miscarriage.

After the success of its first product, the motorized bicycle, Soichiro was determined to make the next step: creating a new engine.

The first prototype engine was the legendary ' schoorsteen' engine. (Why ' chimney '? Because he looked like!)

He was designed to reduce fuel consumption and the ability to strengthen, but unfortunately stopped the development of this engine already before he could be taken into production. But still, the fundamentals of this engine were good – what is in the future would prove. This was the earliest example of the Honda way to failures to use for future success.

VTEC

Reinventing the motor? Why not.

For the research and design team of Honda was a challenge to come up with a new technology that would lead to the next generation Honda engines. They had to look for a mechanism that the valve timing of the engine change at both high and low speeds, so that the engine would be more efficient. The result was Honda's VTEC (Variable Valve Timing & Elevator Control System) engine.

This was a great success and a unique phenomenon in the world. Honda's new Integra was the first production model in which the VTEC could be shown. The engine was as it were the gold standard in engine technology.

Close-up of the VTEC engine.

Side view of Honda Integra.



Pleased to meet you, ASIMO

In October 2000, we presented to you for ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot.

ASIMO is one of our most inspiring projects. This robot with human traits is designed as a multifunctional mobility assistance. The name is an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility.

ASIMO runs and runs on sloping and uneven surface. He can smoothly turn around, climbing stairs and stuff from the ground. ASIMO can even respond to simple voice commands and recognize faces. And by means of its camera eyes can ASIMO its environment mapping and he knows the way past both still and moving objects.

And the award goes to ...

Honda wins major awards for energy efficiency.

2002 was a good year for our trophy case. Honda Motors was winner in three categories in the International Engines of the Year Awards, for the Insight IMA, the Civic Hybrid and the 2.0-liter engine that propelled the S2000 sports car.

The Insight also got a very special recognition from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, which declared the model the most environmentally friendly car in 2002.

Another breakthrough for Honda in the same year was the development of the FCX fuel cell car, the first in the world to the certificate ' vehicle with zero emissions ' received.

Honda's dreams get wings

We decided that aircraft cheaper, more economical and cleaner could be. That is why we went to work designing an airplane that meets all those criteria.

The work on the HondaJet began mid eighties of the previous century, and in december 2003 made it his first-ever airplane flight over North Carolina in the United States.

The HondaJet is an experimental, compact business plane, and as you would expect from Honda, he appears on no other plane. The engines sit atop the wings instead of below it; by this innovation, and many others, can reach the HondaJet higher cruising speeds, with a lower fuel consumption – and with emissions values that include 40% of the pollutants of similar aircraft.

HR-V compact SUV

The Honda HR-V is a small and sporty SUV that infinite versatility packed in a compact urban design – with a surprising amount of space inside.

FCEV Concept

The sleek Honda FCEV Concept is a five-seater that gives more than a hint of the possible style direction that Honda's new generation fuel-cell vehicles. You'll see him somewhere in Europe by 2015.

NSX Concept Supercar

The next chapter of the NSX-book was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013. His introduction is scheduled for 2015. Chances are the experience of Honda's road cars again changes.