|Tokyo, August 27, 2003 --- Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that as of August 2003, its cumulative worldwide production of automobiles had reached 50 million units.
In 1963, Honda started automobile production with the T360 mini truck and the S500 small sports car. Production volume increased through the subsequent introduction of such vehicles as the N360 (in 1967), Civic (in 1972), and Accord (in 1976). After a period of twenty years, in 1983, cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 10 million units. Automobile production in the U.S. began in 1982 and quickly expanding in scale, greatly contributing to Honda's production totals.
Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 20 million units in 1990 and 30 million units in 1995. As production in Asia and other areas expanded, cumulative production of automobiles reached 40 million units in 1999 and 50 million units in August 2003.
Based on its fundamental policy of manufacturing where there is demand, Honda has actively engaged in overseas production. Starting with knockdown production of mini vehicles (N600 and TN 600) in Taiwan in 1969, Honda began automobile production (Accord) in the U.S.A. in 1982, as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to do so. Production sites expanded to various locations worldwide and Honda is currently producing automobiles at a total of 19 sites in 15 countries.
Of the 50 million units, approximately 33.8 million units were produced in Japan and 12.6 million in North America. The Civic series comprisesapproximately 15 million units and the Accord series approximately 13 million units.
Honda's worldwide automobile production facilities
(*1)Year when production of complete vehicles commenced
|Major production model
||Accord, CR-V, Odyssey (*2), Step Wgn
||Civic, Fit, mini vehicles
||NSX, S2000, Insight
|Yokkaichi Factory, Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
|U. S. A
||Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
||Accord, Civic, Element
|Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC
||Honda Canada Inc.
||Civic, MDX, Pilot
||Honda de Mexico S. A. de C. V.
||Honda Automoveis do Brazil, Ltda.
||Honda of the U. K, Mfg., Ltd.
||Honda Turkiye A. S.
||Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
||Accord, Civic, CR-V
||Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
||Accord, Civic, CR-V, City
||P. T. Honda Prospect Motor
||Civic, CR-V, Stream
||Honda Cars Philippines Inc.
||Honda Siel Cars India Ltd.
||Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Ltd.
||Guangzhou Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
||Accord, Odyssey (*2)
||Honda Taiwan Co., Ltd.
(*2) Japan specification Odyssey
Major events in the progress of Honda's automobile production
towards the 50 million-unit mark
||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. established
||Production of the "T360" mini truck and the "S500" small
sports car started
||Export of automobiles (S600) started
||Knockdown production of N600 and TN600 started in Taiwan.
(Honda's first overseas production)
Production of N360 started in Malaysia
||Production of "TN " mini truck, Life, and Civic started in Indonesia
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 5 million units
||Production of Accord started in U.S.A.
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 10 million units
||Production of Accord started in Thailand
||Production of Accord started in Canada
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 20 million units
Midship sports car, the NSX, released
||Local production of Accord started in U.K.
||Local production of Civic started in Pakistan
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 30 million units
Production of Accord started in Mexico
||Production of Civic started in Brazil
Production of City started in India
Production of Civic started in Turkey
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 40 million
Production of Accord started in China
Open sports car, Honda S2000, released
||Cumulative production of automobiles manufactured in North America
reaches 10 million units
Fit (Jazz) released
||Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 50 million units
T360 in 1963
S500 in 1963
N360 in 1967