Honda Performance Parts and accessories make up a huge chunk of all the aftermarket parts sold today. This is due to the incredible popularity of Hondas, which are known for being affordable, lasting forever, and being very easy to customize.
Honda, world renowned for its quality and reliability, came from humble beginnings as a small 172 square foot factory with 12 employees in 1946. After surviving World War II and the destruction of his first company, the founder Soichiro Honda built a manufacturing plant to modify and tune motorcycles. By the 1960's, Honda had become one of the world's largest manufacturers of motorcycles and gained the reputation of excellence. In 1963, Honda built their first production car, the S500, and within a year, Honda began its venture into Formula One racing. Winning their first F1 race in 1965, this began Honda's culture of racing heritage.
Starting from the 1970's, Honda began manufacturing the Civic, Prelude, and Accord. Honda gained notoriety as being a reliable alternative to the domestic cars of the time. The manufacture's commitment to excellence continued into the 1980's as Honda saw the rise in popularity of the CRX and Civic hatchbacks in the street tuner culture. Honda's stylish yet lightweight cars were perfect for performance and suspension part upgrades, leading to a whole wave of companies creating parts and accessories such as exhaust systems, lowering springs, and various other accessories.
In the 1990's, Honda made another leap in racing innovation with the creation of the VTEC motor. The Del Sol, with its ultra quick VTEC B16 motor and nimble handling, was a huge hit as Honda made its foray into modern convertibles. Soon to follow was the performance centric Civic Si (and Civic Type R outside of North America). Street racers fell in love with these cars and became even more aggressive with their aftermarket modifications, as they souped up their new Hondas with more advanced high performance parts like adjustable coilovers, turbo upgrades, and NOS kits.
At height of import racing, Honda began the new millennium strong with one of its greatest achievements, the S2000. This convertible was one of the fastest yet cleanest burning cars due to its high revving 8,800 rpm redline motor. Because of the S2000's stylish looks and impeccable handling, it achieved Car and Driver's Ten Best 4 times.
The culture of tuning and modification with aftermarket performance parts is alive and well with Honda's current lineup with cars like the Civic, Accord, Crosstour, CRV, CRZ, Fit, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Insight. Fuel efficient yet performance oriented, all of these Hondas are the best of both worlds, and easy to find aftermarket parts for. Whether it be for parts like aftermarket headlights and taillights or major performance upgrades like internal engine components, Honda remains one of the popular cars for customization.