Coming from a country that has been torn by the Second World War, Honda was brave enough to get into and position itself in the American market, a field that\'s long been dominated by the Detroit Big Three. Honda was established by Soichiro Honda in 1948, a timing so perfect since most of the country\'s bike and car plants were shattered during the war. It was quick enough to fill the open spots caused by the war, focusing mainly on developing cheap, indispensable automobiles. A decade after its establishment in Japan, Honda has found its way to the U.S. market through the American Honda Co.
Throughout the years, Honda\'s name has been synonymous with innovative engineering. No wonder, it has become one of the world\'s largest motorbike manufacturers. In the automotive industry, besides American-friendly vehicles, Honda has also introduced many groundbreaking Honda parts and technologies that have been industry firsts. Here are some of them:
The CVCC (acronym for Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) was the official name given to Honda R&D Center\'s low-emission engine. The engine was publicly announced while it was still being researched to let the world know that Honda was looking for ways to satisfy the requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act. It was on December 13, 1973 when the four-door Honda Civic equipped with the CVCC went on sale and became an instant hit in the Japanese market. It even won the 1973 Car of the Year Award sponsored by the Motor Fan magazine, and it has also passed the EPA. While it has been superseded by other innovations these days, the CVCC was a proof that Honda can and was able to meet stringent regulatory requirements, therefore helping the brand secure its position in the global market.
The Hondamatic transmission
As the automatic transmission became popular with vehicles during the late 1960s, the scenario in Japan was entirely different. In that part of the world, automobiles were still expensive, and the inclusion of automatic transmission and other cutting-edge Honda parts at that time just caused the prices to soar even higher. The situation made it difficult for Japanese manufacturers to introduce vehicles fitted with automatic transmission. But after years of research and development, Honda was able to adapt the Hondamatic transmission in its 1300 and Civic models in 1982. It was also the first in the industry to offer a four-speed FF AT system in its Prelude and Accord models.
The VTEC system
Manufactured by Honda to improve the volumetric efficiency of a four-stroke internal combustion engine, the VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) makes use of two camshaft profiles, and selection between the said profiles is done hydraulically. The first system of its kind, the VTEC is different from the variable valve timing as the latter advances only the valve timing without changing the camshaft profile while the former delivers valve timing that\'s optimized for both low and high RPM operations.
Other groundbreaking Honda innovations
Honda also gave birth to the first-ever navigation system for use in a car.the Electro Gyrocator. It was launched as a dealer option for the second-gen Accord. Other Honda auto parts this brand takes pride in engineering were Japan\'s first driver-side airbag system which was introduced in the Legend, as well as the world\'s first steering angle sensing, which was first seen in the Prelude.
With Honda\'s tremendous popularity in the global market, owners of Honda vehicles didn\'t have to worry whenever they need replacement or aftermarket Honda performance parts and Honda accessories as these are always available in wide selection not just from dealerships but in many auto-part stores across the globe. Since internet shopping has been a trend, there\'s also a wide array of Honda parts online.