Automobiles are vehicles that are auto-propelled by a motor. They are often used to transport people, but the term automobile can also be used to describe a vehicle that is primarily designed for passenger use. Almost any vehicle that has four wheels, a steering wheel, and a driver is an automobile. Some vehicles are able to carry more people or cargo, but they usually are not considered automobiles.
Motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles that are auto-propelled by cylinders, but they are not an automobile. Many people mistakenly think that motorcycles are automobiles, but this is not the case. While many of the vehicles that Honda produces fall into the automobile definition, they are not considered automobiles.
Honda will exhibit a variety of innovative concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, including KIWAMI, a vehicle that incorporates Japanese aesthetics with clean fuel cell technology. It will also display a new Odyssey minivan with an innovative low-floor platform, which provides a lower center of gravity and provides a low roofline. Also on display will be a 4-wheel electric wheelchair called the Monpal, which can be operated by a simple lever.
The concept vehicles will be displayed on the Ecology/Safety/Security Stage. This will focus on Honda’s safety and fuel cell technologies. In addition, the show will showcase a Honda Riding Simulator, which allows riders to experience a ride on a Honda Advanced Safety Vehicle in simulated conditions.
Honda also will present its new and innovative powerplants, including the FCX fuel cell vehicle. These will be displayed along with Honda’s Formula One racers.
Honda also will present its Advanced Safety Vehicles, which are part of the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport’s Advanced Safety Vehicle program. This is another way that Honda aims to make its vehicles safer for everyone.
For example, the new Honda Odyssey will be equipped with a unique low-floor platform, which gives the vehicle a low roofline and provides a roomy interior. Another feature is a lift seat, which allows the back seats to be converted into cargo areas.
Honda will also present its concept vehicles at the show, including a racing version of the Fit concept vehicle. Additionally, it will display an 8-seat minivan dubbed ASM. Several other cutting-edge concept vehicles will be shown, including the HSC, a vehicle that combines clean fuel cell technology with Japanese aesthetics.
Motorcycles and scooters are key segments for Honda. Both are increasing in popularity amongst consumers, and the operating margins of motorcycles have improved in recent years.
Motorcycles have a significant share of the market in Asia. They also have a strong presence in Africa and Latin America. However, these markets are still emerging. Thus, Honda’s focus is on improving its sales mix in both light and medium-duty motorcycles and light-duty MCs.
Honda is also targeting neighboring markets, such as Argentina and Colombia. It could expand into these countries once it has established a foothold in Brazil. With a broader focus on all markets, the company may be able to achieve more success in these markets.