Honda Reaches 400 Million-Unit Milestone in Cumulative Global Motorcycle Production

2019-12-29 16:56
Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type in 1949, Honda's 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production marks the company's 400 million-unit milestone for global motorcycle production.

Honda was founded in 1948 and began mass-production of motorcycles at its first overseas production facility in Belgium in 1963. Since then, Honda has expanded its production globally in accordance with its fundamental principle of producing locally where there is demand. Honda currently produces a wide range of motorcycles, from 50cc commuters to 1,800cc models, at 35 facilities in 21 countries.

Since its foundation, Honda has developed and provided products that meet the needs of customers in many countries and regions, based on its belief that "the purpose of technology is to help people." As a result, Honda achieved its 100 million-unit milestone in 1997, and its 300 million-unit milestone in 2014. In 2018, Honda exceeded an annual production of 20 million units for the first time in its history and enjoys strong support from customers in the Asia region and worldwide. Honda will continue to construct its development and production structure to meet rising demand. And, Honda will strive to realize is 2030 vision, to serve people worldwide with the "joy of expanding their life's potential."

Takahiro Hachigo, Chief Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
"For 70 years, Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable. As a result, we have achieved our 400 million-unit milestone. I am grateful to all of our customers, and everyone involved in development, manufacturing, sales and service of our products. We will continue to do our best to provide attractive products that meet the needs and dreams of our customers worldwide."

Honda's path to 400 million-unit global motorcycle production

1948: Honda Motor Co., Ltd. founded
1949: Honda releases its first major motorcycle model, the Dream D-Type
1958: Honda releases its first Super Cub, the Super Cub C100
1963: Honda begins motorcycle production in Belgium (its first motorcycle factory outside of Japan)
1967: Honda begins motorcycle production in Thailand
1968: Honda reaches 10 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production
1971: Honda begins motorcycle production in Indonesia
1976: Honda begins motorcycle production in Brazil / Honda begins motorcycle production in Italy
1979: Honda begins motorcycle production in North America
1980: Honda begins motorcycle production in Nigeria
1984: Honda reaches 50 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production
1992: Honda begins motorcycle production in China
1997: Honda begins motorcycle production in Vietnam / Honda reaches 100 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production (achieved in 48 years)
2001: Honda begins motorcycle production in India
2004: Honda exceeds 10 million-unit annual motorcycle production for the first time
2008: Honda reaches 200 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production (11 years since 100 millionth unit)
2013: Honda begins motorcycle production in Bangladesh
2014: Honda reaches 300 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production (6 years since 200 millionth unit)
2018: Honda exceeds 20 million-unit annual motorcycle production for the first time
2019: Honda reaches 400 million-unit milestone for cumulative global motorcycle production (5 years since 300 millionth unit)

# # #

ABOUT AMERICAN HONDA
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the United States. American Honda's Powersports Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.

Source: American Honda Motor Co.

Click here to visit our forums to discuss this story

Headlines