• Jul 25th 2006 at 4:03PM
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Honda Motor announced Tuesday that it is going into the jet airplane business. After flying various versions of a small business jet for about nine years, the company has decided to enter the very light jet market with its airborne equivalent of the Honda Civic.

Honda has partnered with venerable light plane manufacturer Piper Aircraft to bring the innovative small jet to market. Honda will establish a new U.S. company for the venture, with production likely to start in 3-4 years, after the lengthy FAA testing and certification process is completed. Eager buyers will be able to place orders by the fall of 2006.

The 7-seat HondaJet features innovative aerodynamics for increased fuel efficiency and performance, and a new jet engine designed and developed by Honda (shown at right).

Make no mistake - Honda intends to make the same impact on the aircraft market that the Civic made on the auto market. Stay tuned!

[Source: Honda]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Burt Rutan takes his composite planes out to space and Hondajet flies in. No X Prize for Honda and GE but remember the Seventies. Honda got CVCC out at the right time and made a killing with good economy and not having to pay for catalitic converters. Here we go again, Hondajet lands in time for the next oil shock and will take the market by storm. Boeing is not the target, who makes the Slade of business planes, Gulfstream. Remember Caddy and Lincoln and how far they fell.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Screw the plane, that engine is a worthy candidate to be swapped into my civic!
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Learn to type and spell and I'll spend more time considering your points,"

      OK, Snake your mistakes detected in a QUICK scan...

      "German cars are more complaint and comfortable..."

      Did you mean "compliant"?

      "German's cars have problem!!!"

      Did you mean "German cars have problems!!!"?

      "take and economics class and get back to me."

      Did you mean "take an economics class and get back to me." ?

      "and I know this so save your fingrs the typing."

      Did you mean "fingers"?

      "which the construction of supports American workers."

      Did you mean "of which supports" ?

      "not because they are at a disadvantage somehow but repeatedly make decisions."

      Did you mean "bad decisions." ?

      My God, are you that much of a dick that you don't realize when you actually do respond quickly and *you* apparently think spelling and grammar are important and you make SO MANY MISTAKES that myself not caring about perfection in spelling in grammar should do so much better than you did? Do as I say not as I do type.

      To answer your question there are all kinds of joint ventures and alliances already between car companies. But it should be simple. If GM were majority foreign owned like Chrysler then I would only buy Ford. I don't think Ford makes as reliable a vehicle as GM but I would take any rebate they give and buy an extended warranty.

      • 9 Years Ago
      This really inspires confidence in and contributes to brand equity of the Honda brand.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So you mean 16 year old kids are going to start modifying airplanes now?

      Seriously though, I would buy this plane. More efficient than the competion.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Kinda old news. I wonder if Honda will bring car-like safety to smaller personal jets. Airbags, emergency plain parachutes, etc... There is no reason anyone should ever die in smaller craft like this.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For leisure, I play the guitar. For guitar players, only USA made counts; Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker and also some other smaller luthiers.
      Gretsch is now made in China and Korea
      Guild, created in 1954 cease their production in USA. (Buy a US one, it is gonna go up in value)
      Funny thing is the reason why Fender and Gibson survive is because:

      1) Real guitar slinger don't buy Foreign guitar; it would be considered gay.

      2) A USA made guitar sounds better and keeps its value.

      3) It is like Hygrade: is it better because more people buy it or more people buy it because it is better?

      4) Guitar magazines like Guitar World and Guitar Players, while praising foreign instruments don't destroy USA made instrument in their reviews.

      5) They don't have crooked and biased surveys from their own subscribers destroying their own industry; and god knows that Gibson and Fender made very inferior products in the 70's and 80's.

      If you want to support your own economy, then there is a way to do it. I own US vehicles and don't do business with people who owns Toyotas or Hondas. You have to be consequent. My father was an isurance agent in a small community and this is the way it worked; you sell a customer insurance and then you encourage him by buying what he sells. Simple.

      A huge magnesium industry will be sold in my country, most likely to Asian interest. 400 people risk their livehood in this transaction. Where do you think those Chinese or Japanese conglomerates obtained the money?

      By selling you containers and containers of their products. I would be curious to ask those workers what do they drive and how many times they go to Wal-Mart?

      If you think for a moment that because you have a job outside the automotive industry, you are safe, think twice.
      And by the way, the resale value of any Honda, since we talk about them, is 0 when you are out of a job.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Lithous -
      I'm still calling you out. WTF is your Final Solution to globalization? Since you logged in this morning you obviously don't live in a one-room shack in Montana. Answer me!
      • 9 Years Ago
      man that ignorant racist Lithous is at it again, and today he has a small-dicked racist sidekick called JR. Anything them "japs" built he has to bash it, even a frigging plane which he knows jack about. I no longer read his insane crappola... gosh I wish there's an ignore function in these blogs cus other than the racists there are some good discussion to be found in these comment sections. You know what, I was thinking about getting a domestic truck but right now buying a domestic means being associated with small-cock racists like Lithous, so I think I'll pass.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You're telling ME to learn from the Japanese and plan 10 years ahead? I have, I didn't buy a BMW during the .com boom, I bought a house.

      You don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to long term planning, especially since you seem to be such a huge fan of institutions that specialize in this tiny minded, quarter to quarter type thinking.

      And I agree with Renegade GT, airplanes are designed mostly around engines, not the other way around. There are good engines above the thrust range of the HF118, and below it but not many right where that engine is at.

      Every market segment that Honda has penetrated has historically started with the efficiency and uniqueness of their engines. They may build the platform but the focus is the powerplant.
      • 9 Years Ago
      While we are talking about trolls/flamers, what happened to Joseph Willemssen? He seemed to disappear in 2006.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lithous, perhaps you should move somewhere else. You are so wise and all American's are dumb. You obivously have all the answers. You certainly must have an intimate knowledge of the aerospace industry (awesome comentary on Boeing; top notch).
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