“Inside Honda” (#1219)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: Tour of Torrance HQ & Campus


    • Jeffrey Smith, Asst. VP, Corporate Affairs & Communications, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    • Ryan Harty, Fuel Cell Vehicle Engineer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  3. Segment 2: Honda Performance Facilities


    • Jack Spurney, General Mgr., Honda Performance Development, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    • Chuck Miller, Mgr. On/Off Road Motorcycle Racing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  4. Segment 3: Honda Advanced Design in Pasadena


    • Dave Marek, Chief Designer, Advanced Design Studio, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  5. EXTRA: John Mendel, Exec. VP, American Honda Motor Co.

  6. EXTRA: More EXTRAs from this show

  7. EXTRA: Chris Martin, Honda Public Relations, American Honda Motor Co.



Forty-nine years ago, the headlines that came from Southern California were nothing short of sensational. The entertainment industry released classics like Sleeping Beauty, Ben-Hur and Some Like It Hot. In publishing, the scandalous "Hollywood Babylon" flew off bookstore shelves while in sports, the former Brooklyn -- now Los Angeles Dodgers -- capped off their second year in LA by winning the World Series. 1959: A SoCal Spectacular.

So with that huge spotlight on the city, it's understandable that few noticed the opening of a small storefront on Pico Boulevard with a modest payroll of six employees. This new enterprise was obviously overwhelmed by headlines of the moment. And though Hollywood is still strong nearly a half century later it's a different story for that small LA storefront. Today that business, the American Honda Motor Company, is a dynamic and diverse economic force in not only Southern California, but throughout the entire United States.

This week, "Autoline in LA" visits American Honda. Based in Torrance, California -- just south of Los Angeles -- the company employs more than 25,000 at nineteen facilities across the country. The Torrance campus contains a fraction of that workforce, but it's an important fraction: Sales, Marketing, Research & Development and more.

Join John McElroy as he takes you "Inside Honda" for a look at the diverse aspects of this fascinating company. We'll tour its unique headquarters building and see the Honda philosophy up close, visit R&D for a behind-the-scenes reveal of the latest fuel cell package the company is developing, and take a peek behind the frenetic garage doors of the Honda Motorcycle Team as they prepare for an upcoming race. In addition, we'll take you to a couple top-secret, off-site facilities where no cameras are allowed...unless you're Autoline. You’ll get an inside look at Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita and Honda Advanced Design in Pasadena.

For more from our LA series visit www.autolinedetroit.tv/LA