TOKYO – Marking its 25th year of North American auto production in 2007, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has become a global automotive power with nearly 20 assembly plants in more than a dozen countries. As things stand today, the auto maker, following its time-honored tradition of making products in the markets it sells, builds nearly two-thirds of vehicles outside Japan. Koki Hirashima, head of Honda of American Mfg. Inc. from 1998 until 2005 and named senior managing director and chief ...

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