Honda Motor Company aka Honda is a Japanese multinational conglomerate that focuses mainly on manufacturing cars, motorcycles, and power equipment. Since 1959, Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines by volume (14 million such units per year). Honda was also the first Japanese carmaker that came up with a luxury brand - that would be Acura, coined in 1986. Honda was founded by Soichiro Honda, who started out as a mechanic, tuned cars and raced them during various events. The 1949 D-Type was the first motorcycle made by Honda from a frame and engine developed by the company. Honda's first-ever automobile was, however, the T360 mini pickup truck, which made is market debut back in 1963. Today, Honda's presence is sturdily felt in Europe but also in the U.S.