Honda Motor Company has been the world’s largest motorcycle maker since 1959, and Japan’s second largest Japanese carmaker. Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986, and also makes garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, and is involved in aerospace.

Sales of Nissan and Honda slide further in China

Nissan and Honda have been squeezed by the competition from other foreign names as well as local producers. Photo: Bloomberg

Sales of Japanese carmakers Nissan Motor and Honda Motor on the mainland slumped again last month amid intense competition from Western marques in a weakening economy.

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014, 6:40am

Honda admits failing to report over 1,700 injury and death claims

Florida citizen Stephanie Erdman, who was seriously injured by the airbag explosion in her Honda Civic last year, testifies during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Photo: AFP

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to US safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

The Japanese automaker, in statements issued on Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take action.

26 Nov 2014 - 4:12am

Carmakers step up push into automated driving

A Toyota car being tested for its automated driving system.

Competition is heating up among Japanese and US manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake.

10 Sep 2014 - 4:05am

Japanese cars losing reliability edge in consumers' bible's recommendations

Lexus, Toyota's luxury marque, still tops the magazine's reliability rankings. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease.

Three Japanese brands – Lexus, Toyota and Acura – took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese.

But three non-Japanese brands – Audi, Volvo and GMC – cracked the top 10.

8 May 2015 - 4:41pm

Honda plans new production in China

Honda said it had agreed with Guangzhou Automobile to jointly produce Acura cars in China. Photo: Bloomberg

Honda Motor is planning to produce Acura cars on the mainland with a local partner starting in 2016 in an effort to tap growing demand for upscale vehicles in the world's biggest car market.

19 Jul 2013 - 5:36am

Recall likely to hit revival for Japanese carmakers in China

Recall likely to hit revival in sales for Japanese carmakers in China

A recovery for Japan's carmakers in the world's largest vehicle market hit a snag yesterday when Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda recalled 32,572 vehicles in China. But that is just a fraction of at least 3 million vehicles that the four companies are recalling worldwide due to defective airbags made by Takata - the world's second-largest supplier of airbags and seat belts.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:31am 1 comment

Dongfeng Motor aims for 7pc lift in Nissan sales

Growth at Dongfeng's partner Honda fell last month. Photo: AP

Dongfeng Motor expects sales of cars from its Japanese partner Nissan to resume growth in April.

But the group, which also partners with Honda, Peugeot and Volvo, set a modest sales growth target of 7 per cent, or 2.35 million vehicles, this year.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:19am

Japanese car sales fall further in China

Japanese car sales fall further in China

Sales of Japanese cars in China have yet to recover from a territorial dispute that erupted between the two countries in August over the Diaoyu Islands.

Figures released yesterday suggest sales improvements in January were temporary.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:26am

Japanese carmakers record sales growth in China

Nissan Motor says it sold 115,700 cars with its joint-venture partners on the mainland last month, 22.2 per cent more than a year earlier. Photo: AP

Three major Japanese carmakers started the year on a good note on the mainland as their sales last month showed growth for the first time in four months.

8 May 2015 - 4:41pm

China passenger-vehicle sales gain 8.75pc in November

Staff walk past vehicles on display at the GM Buick Yongda dealership in Shanghai.  General Motors, the biggest foreign automaker in China, reported a 9.7 per cent rise in November sales to 260,018 units, led by its Chevrolet and Buick brands, outpacing an 8.75 per cent rise in the broader market.  Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese monthly passenger-vehicle sales rose to the highest in almost two years, beating analyst estimates, as consumer confidence improved with the economy and dealerships increased discounts to reduce stockpiles.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:58pm

China passenger vehicle sales rise 8.75pc in November

Chinese monthly passenger-vehicle sales rose to the highest in almost two years, beating analyst estimates, as consumer confidence improved with the economy and dealerships increased discounts to reduce stockpiles.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Business Digest, December 5, 2012

SJM leads casinos' slide on junket curb worries

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority sold HK$3.875 billion on the foreign exchange market yesterday to weaken the Hong Kong dollar as the currency repeatedly hit the strong end of its trading range. Under the peg to the US dollar, the HKMA must intervene when the Hong Kong dollar hits 7.75 or 7.85, to maintain the trading band. 

5 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

US auto sales hit fastest pace since January 2008

Carmakers are experiencing a spike in car orders in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast in October, as people replace wrecked vehicles. Photo: AFP

US auto sales posted their fastest clip since January 2008 amid an improving economic outlook and demand for replacement vehicles following the devastating Hurricane Sandy.

Total industry sales in November were up 15 per cent from a year earlier and came in at an adjusted, annualized rate of 15.5 million vehicles, according to Autodata.

8 May 2015 - 4:27pm

Japanese carmakers targeting China

Japanese car brands on display at the Guangzhou car show this week. Sales have declined over the islands dispute. Photo: AP

Japanese carmakers Toyota and Honda, recovering from a consumer backlash in China, will continue to expand in the world's largest car market as their local venture partner said the worst is over.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

Japan's big three automakers scale back China production

A police car made by Honda is smashed up by anti-Japan protesters in August. Honda Motor said it had temporarily closed all five of its China plants after violent demonstrations. Photo: AP

Japan’s big three automakers shuttered some or all of their factory operations in China on Tuesday amid escalating anti-Japan protests centred on a bitter territorial dispute between the Asian giants.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am