Honda has been taking steps to diversify in the world it would seem, leaps and bounds one might add. This doesn’t come as a surprise, especially considering the fact that they’ve been making this their ambition for a while now,you only have to glance at their “About” page, “At Honda, innovation is the rule. Not the exception”. Powerful words, especially given the path of innovation they are taking recently.
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Strangers not to innovation and risk, Honda’s first foray into the US motorsport market for example was with the 1959 supercub, a step that would see them redefine motorcycles and motorsports. It proved popular in the USA and went on the demonstrate Honda’s initiative in making good value, superbly made vehicles. Honda has since been pushing itself to supersede all that it has already achieved, one prime example would be with its aviation company known as Honda Aircraft Company, a company spun off from the brand and Honda company in 2006 and led by Michimasa Fujino.
Located in Piedmont Triad International Airport, Honda Aircraft Company has been hard at work to bring us the next step in innovation and their next step into a new world of possibilities. Honda Aircraft Company has allowed them to branch off from what they are usually known for…
…and spread their wings, metaphorically speaking, to this:
This little beauty is the HA-420 Hondajet, Honda’s first attempt at conquering the skies as it has the roads. The Hondajet is a marvel to look at and an engineering masterpiece for Honda who have been toying with the ideas of small business jets since the late 1980s with the MH02. With a range of 2185 km, a top speed of 778 km/h, wingspan of 12m and a GE Honda HF120 engine, Hondajet flies high, quite literally.
Its first flight took place in 2003, but it officially went into production July of this year, a commendable feat. Honda also intends for these planes to be business purpose only, catering to the corporate world and those of us who are busy and need to get to the next city to attend that meeting we organised with our board of directors. Its not difficult to visualise either, everything about the Hondajet says business and the interior does not disappoint.
You can find out more about the Hondajet here, but for now, bask in the glory of its pretty pictures below.