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September 24, 1948 – Honda Motor Company is incorporated
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September 24, 1948 – Honda Motor Company is incorporated

In 1937 Soichiro Honda founded a company to produce piston rings for Toyota. The walls soon came tumbling down, quite literally. At first, Toyota forced him to forfeit the contracts due to poor quality of his parts. While enhanced manufacturing research led them to be reinstated, another catastrophe lurked. During WWII a US bomb fell on one of Honda's factories, his other plant collapsed in an earthquake in 1945. His business dreams in ruin, he sold off salvageable parts and machinery. With the funds, he went in another direction, founding the Honda Technical Research Institute in 1946. This led to the development of a motorized bicycle powered by Honda’s first mass produced engine. It's success led to the incorporation of Honda Motor Company on this day in 1948. Above: 1949 Honda ...
April 9, 2009 – Honda wins award for fuel-cell vehicle
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April 9, 2009 – Honda wins award for fuel-cell vehicle

The Honda FCX Clarity went into production in June 2008 with Honda calling it the world’s first hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle intended for mass production. During its appearance at the New York Auto Show, the Honda fuel cell car took home the World Green Car award on this day in 2009, after more than 15 years of development. Fuel-cell vehicles work by combining hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, resulting in emissions of only water and heat. In July 2008, when the Clarity was ready for the market, Honda chose to lease them to consumers for about $600 per month, as the retail price would be in the $200,000 range due to the high production costs. As of 2021, a new Honda Clarity costs about $60,000.

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