All Japanese car companies need a little good news to cheer them up. Honda has reason to smile a little. Honda’s business jet in Greensboro, NC, is a step further to production. Honda says its first FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet achieved a maximum speed of 489 mph at 30,000 ft. and a maximum Mach number of 0.72 above 30,000 ft. This exceeds Honda’s performance commitment of 483 mph for the production HondaJet.
Honda is building a 263,400 sqft factory in Greensboro and expects to start production in 2012. According to The Nikkei [sub], they already have more than 100 orders for the fastest Honda ever built.