Automobiles are self-propelling vehicles that have wheels. Their main function is to transport people. They are also used for transporting goods. Unlike a bicycle, they have a seat for a driver and a backrest for passengers. Most definitions of automobiles define them as having four wheels and seating between one and eight people.
The automobile was invented in the 19th century by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Their design of a small engine with a horizontal single-cylinder gasoline engine was powered by a drive chain from the rear wheel. It had a top speed of under seven miles per hour.
Since then, more inventors have worked to improve motorcycles. Some designs included supercharged multi-valve engines mounted on aerodynamic bodywork. Others had a front engine with a rear wheel that was steerable. Pedal cycles were often equipped with a small spark ignition engine.
In the mid-Victorian era, French inventor Ernest Michaux created the first motorcycle. He designed it for use as a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycles have become increasingly popular as a form of transportation. These two-wheeled, auto-propelled machines are suitable for both light and heavy traffic.
As a result, the number of motorcycles in the United States is growing. There are approximately 5 million motorcycles in the U.S.; the number is expected to grow to 6.5 million in the next decade.
Honda has a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region and has been gaining ground in other emerging markets. While it has a huge market share in Asia, it is not as dominant in the North American market.