TOKYO, Japan, November 25, 2014 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that Honda's cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300 million-unit milestone in September 2014, and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory, Honda's primary motorcycle production plant in Japan, to celebrate reaching the 300 million-unit milestone.
A Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition produced at Kumamoto Factory became the 300 millionth motorcycle that Honda produced globally.
The 300 million-unit milestone was reached in the 66th year since Honda began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.
The history of Honda's motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production in Japan in 1949. Production outside of Japan began in Belgium in 1963, and since then Honda has been expanding its local production to many countries around the world based on Honda's commitment to “build products close to the customer." With a longstanding passion to create technologies that make people's lives more convenient and fun, Honda has been developing and offering products that accommodate the diverse needs of customers in a large number of countries and regions around the world.
Having grown into a brand beloved by many customers around the world, Honda is currently producing motorcycles at 33 plants in 22 countries, sharing joys with its customers. Honda will continue offering products which fulfill the needs of its customers around the world.
Comments by Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
"Thanks to support from our customers and all of the people involved in development, production and sales, Honda was able to reach the 300 million-unit milestone. We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world."
Dream D - Type
Honda Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition
＜About Kumamoto Factory＞
|Location:||1500 Hirakawa, Ohzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto, Japan|
|Business:||Production of motorcycles and power products|
|Lot size:||Approximately 1,616,000 m2|
|Production capacity:||160,000 units/year (including ATVs)|
|Employment:||Approximately 2,600 associates|
|Main production models:||GL1800, NM4, Little Cub 50, Monkey, power product engines, Monpal, etc.|