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Japan Today  11 hrs ago  Comment 
Honda Motor Co and Panasonic Corp are considering jointly developing portable batteries to power electric motorcycles amid intense competition in the market for emission-free vehicles, sources close to…
Yahoo  Jul 3  Comment 
Honda Motor Co’s China vehicle sales fell 6 percent in June from a year earlier to 107,985 units as the company continues to reel under the impact of a quality issue earlier this year. Honda's sales took a hit after a quality issue surfaced in...
Clusterstock  Jul 2  Comment 
The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are two of the best-selling and most respected cars in the world. Both the Toyota and the Honda are known for being exquisitely engineered and expertly put together with top-notch reliability. The base...
The Hindu Business Line  Jul 2  Comment 
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today reported a 28 per cent growth in volume in June at 5,71,020 units, which helped it corner 1 per cent more
TechCrunch  Jun 28  Comment 
Honda is ceasing development of Asimo, the humanoid robot that has delighted audiences at trade shows for years but never really matured into anything more than that, the Nikkei reports. But while the venerable bot itself is bowing out, the...
Forbes  Jun 28  Comment 
To meet the needs of a rapidly changing society with a hunger for cleaner, more efficient, more connected transport systems, firms like Toyota, Honda and GM are making strategic diversions from their recent paths.
Financial Times  Jun 26  Comment 
Carmaker’s ‘just-in-time’ production would be hit if UK leaves the EU customs union
Yahoo  Jun 21  Comment 
Think Ford still lags Toyota and Honda on quality? At least by one measure, it's now the other way around.
Clusterstock  Jun 16  Comment 
The Honda  Accord is one of the best-selling cars in the US. Last year, Honda sold more than 322,000 Accords. Over the decades, the Accord has earned a sterling reputation for having strong build quality, great interior ergonomics, and...




 


Honda Motor Company (NYSE: HMC), headquartered in Japan, is the world's fifth largest automaker and first largest motorcycle producer.[1]

With about 180,000 employees worldwide, the firm operates in four main segments: Motorcycles, Automobiles, Financial Services, and Power Products and Other Businesses.[2] North America is Honda's largest market in the automobile segment.[3]

A variety of factors impact Honda's earnings, ranging from U.S. legislation, the housing market, and commodities prices to exchange rates, emerging markets, and an aging Japanese population.[4] Honda's fuel efficient fleet of small cars and motorcycles, provided it with a relative advantage compared to some its more SUV focused competitors, as fuel prices rise. [5][6]

Company Overview

Honda employs approximately 180,001 employees who work at 35 major manufacturing facilities located throughout Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, France, and the U.K.[7] Although Honda is one of the largest companies in Japan, it still trails behind its perennial leader Toyota Motor (TM).[8] The company operates in four main segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product & Other Business.


FY2010 Income Data, in billions of Japanese ¥ [1][9]
Financial Data FY2007 FY2008 FY2009 FY2010
Automobile Division Income ¥8,889 ¥9,489 ¥7,674 ¥6,555
Motorcycle Division Income ¥1,370 ¥1,559 ¥1,411 ¥1,140
Power Product & Other Income ¥418 ¥421 ¥343 ¥278
Financial Services Income ¥410 ¥534 ¥582 ¥606
Total Revenue (% change y-o-y) ¥11,087 (11.9%) ¥12,003 (8.2%) ¥10,011 (16.7%) ¥8,579 (14.3%)
Operating Income (operating margin) ¥852 (7.7%) ¥953 (7.9%) ¥190 (1.9%) ¥364 91.8%
Net Income ¥592 ¥600 ¥137 ¥283


Q1 FY2011 Earnings Summary

  • Honda posted an operating profit of 234.4 billion Yen ($2.7 billion USD) for the first reporting quarter of FY2011, an increase of 830% compared to 25.2 billion Yen a year ago.
  • Operating revenues also rose by 17.9% during the first quarter to 2,371.4 billion Yen.[10]

Q2 FY2011 Earnings Summary

  • Posted earnings of ¥135.92 billion ($1.62 billion USD) for the second reporting quarter of FY2011, more than doubling its same period one year ago performance of ¥54.03 billion.[11]
  • Net sales also increased to ¥2.25 trillion from ¥2.05 trillion in the same period last fiscal year.[12]

Q3 FY2011 Earnings Summary

  • Earnings of $995 million for the third reporting quarter of FY2011, a 40% drop compared to $1.640 billion same quarter last years.[13] * Top-line also dropped for the quarter from $27.29 billion to $25.90 billion.

There is no best brand. There are a lot of different farotcs that appeal to a lot of people. Heritage and community, Harley. Reliable metric, Honda. Reliable and powerful domestic, Victory. Comfortable sport bike, honda. good all round sport bike, Kawasaki and Yamaha. Holds value, Harley. I have owned a honda crusier, shadow 600, two kawi sport bikes, ninja 250 and zx6r, 2 harleys, vrod and fatboy, and the best bike in my opinion that I have owned is my current ride, my Victory kingpin. It is all a matter of opinion. Find the bike that moves you and ride it. Good Luck!

36 a 2d2I don't think so if the battery is cotpeemlly dead, but that's a pretty rare circumstance. Hybrids have gone hundreds of thousands of miles on the same battery pack, and if it's an old hybrid why buy a new battery? You can find batteries at salvage lots from hybrids that have been an accidents, but the battery is still in perfect shape and the costs are quite economical.In terms of conventional hybrids, not plug-ins, the battery just really hasn't been an issue. There have been some glitches here and there, but only in a very small percentage of cases. In terms of plug-ins, we'll have to wait a while for the real world data to tell that story.16

Competition

Automobile

Honda's small-car, simple, fuel efficient product line lacks much of the diversity and range of the market share leaders. If Honda is to dominate the world market, it will have to expand its product line, diverging from what it does best - and likely hurting its margins.

Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson maintains a large lead in its dominance in the US Heavyweight Motorcycle market as compared to Honda and others. Unlike Harley, Honda specializes in the full array of motorcycles, ranging from dinky scooters sold primarily in emerging markets to the heavyweights Harley is known for. This means that HOG and Honda's respective sales react differently to economic changes. As Harley's are seldom used as primary transportation, but rather as a recreational vehicle, HOG's sales generally fall off during economic slowdowns as people have less disposable income. On the other hand, especially in emerging markets, Honda's motorcycles serve as a primary transportation method for lower income individuals, meaning that growing wealth can drive consumers to automobiles, which the company hopes will be also made by Honda.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Honda Motors 2009 Form 10-K, Page 1
  2. Honda Motors 2009 Form 10-K, Page 79
  3. Honda Motors 2009 Form 10-K, Page 1
  4. Statistical Handbook of Japan, chapter 2
  5. Freep.com: Honda announces deeper production cuts
  6. CNN: Big drop predicted for global auto sales
  7. Honda Motors 2009 Form 10-K, Page 80
  8. OICA 2007 World Ranking of Manufacturers
  9. is it true info10/pdf/honda2010ar-all-e.pdf HMC FY2010 Annual Report
  10. Honda Motor net income soars
  11. 2nd UPDATE: Honda, Mazda Enjoy Strong 2Q, But Forecasts Portend Tough 2H
  12. Honda Raises Annual Profit Forecast as Gains in Asia Offset Stronger Yen
  13. Honda Faces Fall In Profit For Q3
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