A brief history of the company
Soichiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, had a slow start to car manufacturing. As a young man he was a mechanic who went into business with an acquaintance in 1937. They founded Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company, and tried making small car parts for Toyota. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful, and it took a lot of learning and hard work to finally make parts that were acceptable to Toyota.
The company was placed under government control during World War II. They aided the war effort by making aircraft propellers.
After the war, Soichiro Honda sold (what was left of) ESPMC to Toyota, and set out on his own again. In 1946 he set up the Honda Technical Research Institute. Out of a small shack, 12 men worked to build and sell improvised motorcycles that were made with war surplus generator engines and bicycles.
The Honda Motor Company was incorporated in 1949, and once they were a proper company, they made their first complete motorcycle. They made both the frame and engine of what was named the Model D.
It wasn’t until 1963 that Honda branched out into making cars. In this year, their first light truck and sports car were released. Four years later they released the minicar, and made subsequent innovations on it until the release of the Civic in 1972.
Through the 80s, Honda branched out beyond Asia with production beginning in the U.S in 1982. This was a huge decade for Honda, as they reached the 15 million mark.
Through the 90s their production continued going up and innovation continued into the 2000s. In the past 10 years, Honda has put a lot of technology and smart engineering into their cars.
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Honda currently offer six models of hatchback, and are set to release an exciting new model in 2016. Their current hatchbacks, the Jazz and the Civic Hatch (each with three derivatives), are popular cars among buyers for a number of reasons.
Both models incorporate a wide range of safety features, functional technology, and luxury additions that make your drive more enjoyable.
If safety is your favourite thing, Honda offer excellent features such as multi-angle reversing cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and an Agile Handling Assist System – so you never lose control of your car.
If it is luxury and tech that you want, say hello to all of the features that Honda have to offer. Colour touch screen, heated seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, magic folding seats, keyless entry and push button start, built-in navigation, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and leather appointed seats can all be included in your Honda hatchback.
Honda’s hatchbacks are a generous size and are able to comfortably seat five, while also being small enough for easy city driving. They are both economical, using between 5.8L and 6.6L per 100 kilometers (depending on the model), with a handy feature that tells you how economically you are driving.
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How did they score?
Honda performed exceptionally in our hatchback ratings, achieving four stars for overall satisfaction, performance, reliability, and point of sale service. They are also one of the best in terms of value for money, achieving a five star rating – but that is no surprise, considering the amount of features you can get in your Honda hatch (see above).
Other hatchbacks we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a hatchback.
The other brands in this year’s survey are:
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