In 1948 Japan was facing hard economic times after the devastation of World War II; but Soichiro Honda took that as an opportunity.
He started Honda Motor Company and began producing motorbikes as a way to provide inexpensive transportation to the struggling population. As the company
continued to evolve and launch successful motorbike variations the company began to expand into other industries.
In 1963 Honda entered the car industry with its first sports car, the S550 and light truck, the T360. In 1970 Honda imported the N600 to the United
States, and while it did not have huge sales when Honda delivered the Civic it became an immediate success. The U.S. liked the fuel efficiency and the
affordability. With the introduction of the Accord in 1976 these two vehicles paved the way for Honda to become a leading car manufacturer in the U.S.
In 1989 the Honda Accord was the best-selling car in the U.S.
Currently Honda operates in Asia, Europe, North America and South America and is the sixth largest car manufacturer in the world. In 2010 they had
sales of more than $77.82 billion with 3.4 million units sold.
Adapted from the Honda Accord Crosstour, the 2012 Honda Crosstour is Honda's answer to a vehicle with lots of space that is stylish. The standard
features on the 2012 Crosstour are usually only found on higher level trims and include a rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and USB audio
interface. To maximize efficiency on the 2012 Crosstour the engines VCM cylinder deactivation system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders based
on current power requirements. For true utility-vehicle the capability the Crosstour provides 6.2 inches of maximum ground clearance in addition to an
available four-wheel drive system. The 2012 Honda Crosstour is based on a crossover SUV model but built lower and to drive more like a sedan.