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Forbes  Jun 26  Comment 
As part of its measures to address margin erosion caused by a strong dollar, Honda Motors is undertaking changes in its North America operations. Currently, 97% of Honda’s cars sold in North America are manufactured in the region. However, the...
Clusterstock  Jun 26  Comment 
By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co on Friday restated its financial results for the business year ended March, to account for additional costs to cover an expanded recall of cars equipped with Takata Corp air bag...
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 25  Comment 
Road-legal version of track champion to hit Europe next month
Automotive World  Jun 25  Comment 
Honda hopes its Civic Tourer will flourish in a test designed to decipher real-world figures for fuel efficiency The post Honda targets record-breaking fuel efficiency in real-world diesel challenge appeared first on Automotive World.
Automotive World  Jun 25  Comment 
Honda’s quest to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for fuel efficiency is heading towards the finish line, as the team continues towards Aalst, Belgium, where it hopes to complete the title attempt this Thursday, 25th June. Upon arrival in...
The Times of India  Jun 25  Comment 
Betting big on the burgeoning scooter segment in the country, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) on Wednesday rolled out the 2015 editions of its Aviator and Activa models nationally here.
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 24  Comment 
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched 2015 editions of its Aviator and Activa automatic scooters, taking the new two-wheeler model launches to eight in the last six mon...
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 24  Comment 
Honda Motorcycle & Scooters India is all set to launch two new products here today, thereby expanding its portfolio of products. Keita Muramatsu, President and CEO of Honda Motorcycle...
New York Times  Jun 23  Comment 
Internal company emails said that the audits were halted in 2009, a committee report said, a year after Honda had begun a recall to replace defective airbags.
New York Times  Jun 22  Comment 
Internal company emails said that the audits were halted in 2009, a committee report said, a year after Honda had begun a recall to replace defective airbags.




 


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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