Honda’s founder, Soichiro Honda worked as a mechanic at the Art Shokai garage, where he tuned cars and entered them in races. In 1937, with financing from his acquaintance Kato Shichirō, Honda founded Tōkai Seiki to make piston rings working out of the Art Shokai garage.  After initial failures, Tōkai Seiki won a contract to supply piston rings to Toyota, but lost the contract due to the poor quality of their products. Honda, the Company, was founded in 1948 initially to add an engine to bicycles, they went on tho become the most successful Motorcycle manufacturer and made did not expand into automobiles until 1963. 




Honda Jazz

The fourth generation Jazz is a little less boxy than its predecessors and slightly longer, it retains the practical and moderately uninspiring look from the previous car. Like before, all Jazz models get Honda’s brilliant Magic Seat setup, think cinema seats. The Jazz is a very easy car to become comfortable in, particular for the driver, the high seating position makes the most of the room available and rear passages do particularly well. The boot measures a decent 304 litres, expanding to 1,205 litres if you fold down the back seats. The 1.5 litre petrol engine is paired to two electric motors connected to a 0.86kWh lithium ion battery which lives under the rear floor, the Jazz is a new hybrid, Honda call it e:HEV, where the petrol engine drives a generator that in turn powers the batteries that drive the motor to turn the front wheels all controlled by a electronic (CVT) gearbox. It is a complicated system but it works well, electric power can be used solely for low speeds, at higher speeds the batteries are bypassed and the petrol engine powers the second motor that drives the car. With a total of 108bhp and 253Nm of torque, the Jazz can get from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and the official economy is quoted at up to 62.8mpg. Trim lines are Elegance and Advance, the latter adding a heated steering wheel ands keyless entry and start. Prices are £1999 Advance Payment in Elegance and £2499 AP in Advance trim.



Honda HRV

The Honda HRV (High-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle) is a small SUV / compact crossover call it what you will, basically it’s a car that fits four adults and their luggage offering the benefit of a higher position to enhance the view out.  The first thing you notice is that the HRV is a great looking car, the long nose and hidden rear door handles give it an almost coupe look, it’s compact exterior  dimensions are instantly forgotten when you sit inside, it’s comfortable, airy and offers great views. The rear passenger space is excellent for four, not for five, the HRV is quite a narrow car, the boot is an excellent 470 litres.  The Engine is the same 1.5 petrol e:HEV set up as the Jazz but the power is increased to 129bhp to deal with the extra size and weight of the HRV, the economy reduces in turn to 52.3 miles per gallon. The sole trim line is the entry level ‘Elegance’ that is very well equipped complete with heated front seats, 9 inch touch screen, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera.  The Advance Payment is £3599.