Honda has built 400 million motorcycles, cumulatively since 1949, throughout the whole world. Quite appropriately, the milestone has been reached on its 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production.
1949 Honda Dream D Type
Honda was founded in 1948. Its first model was the Dream D-Type in 1949. It soon 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 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
Honda currently produces a wide range of motorcycles, from 50cc commuters to 1,800cc models, at 35 facilities in 21 countries.
Honda Africa Twin 1100
Honda has continued to develop and manufacture products 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.
Honda Super Cub
“For 70 years, Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable,” said Takahiro Hachigo, Chief Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “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.”
1969 Honda CB750F
Honda's first motorcycle factory outside of Japan was built in Belgium in 1963. It was soon followed by one in Thailand in 1967 and on in Indonesia in 1971. The Philippines was next with the first factory in Parañaque in 1973.
The Parañaque factory, operated by Honda Philippines, Inc., produced its first million motorcycles in 2005. It was then transferred to its current site in Tanauan, Batangas in 2006. It has since produced millions more with the five millionth motorcycle produced in 2017.
Honda's factory in the Philippines contributes significantly to Honda's global production figures with an annual production capacity of over 500,000 units, spanning nine models from business, underbone and sports segments. It employs 956 associates and can produce as many as 1,800 units a day.