Published on December 20th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Honda Has Sold 400,000,000 Motorcycles in 70 Years
Most of us are familiar with Honda and their popularity as a car brand, but the company’s strength as a motorbike producer is perhaps even more impressive. They just shared that their company has created 400 million motorcycles since they introduced the Dream D-Type in 1949.
The company has made motorcycles in 21 countries, including Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, North America, Nigeria China, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh.
Here’s a breakdown of where those bikes were made in the last year.
Here’s the press release with more fun information.
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.”
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)