Honda started out making bicycles and motorcycles, but it was inevitable that it would branch out in car manufacture as the Japanese motor industry grew during the 1950s and '60s. It unveiled its first car in 1962 and for the first few years concentrated on building small models. As the range grew, so did the cars, with the long-running Civic proving to be the capable backbone.
The Accord and Prelude also helped to establish Honda’s global reputation, while its mid-engined NSX delivered a shock to Ferrari. Honda was one of the first mainstream manufacturers to market a hybrid electric vehicle, as well as the first Japanese maker to set-up a UK joint venture with a British car company - British Leyland.