Seventy years after the first Dream D-Type rolled out of the factory in 1949, Honda is celebrating its 70th anniversary of motorcycle production having produced 400 million units worldwide.
Honda was founded in 1948. Motorcycle mass production at its first factory outside of Japan began in Belgium in 1963. Since then, Honda has expanded its global production in accordance with its fundamental principle of making motorcycles locally to supply demand, with 35 production facilities in 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Honda currently produces a wide range of exciting and dynamic motorcycles and scooters for the global market from funky 50cc commuters like the Dunk, to cutting edge offroad bikes like the CRF450R, to icons like the GL1800 Gold Wing, the new CRF1100L Africa Twin, and the new CBR1000RRR Fireblade.
Since its foundation, Honda has continued to develop and produce products that meet the many and varied needs of its global audience based on the belief that ‘the purpose of technology is to help people’. This principle led Honda to achieve the 100 million unit milestone in 1997, the 300 million unit milestone in 2014, and now, the 400 million unit milestone. 2018 saw Honda exceed annual global production of 20 millionunits for the first time in its history and it continues to enjoy strong support from customers old and new across the globe.
Honda’s 400 motorcycle million unit journey
1948 Honda Motor Co., Ltd founded
1949 The Dream D-Type went on sale 1958 The iconic Super Cub and Super Cub C100 join the Honda range 1959 Honda becomes world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer
1969 The CB750 goes on sale
1975 The GL1000 Gold Wing goes on sale
1986 The XRV650 Africa Twin joins the range
1992 The CBR900RR FireBlade goes on sale
2001 The SH125i goes on sale 2009 The VFR1200F is unveiled at the Tokyo Motorshow –the world’s first dual clutch motorcycle
2014 The Honda Super Cub becomes the most produced motorcycle in history (87 million units sold in 160 countries)
Marc Marquez becomes the youngest ever premier class world champion at 21yrs of age
2015 The Gold Wing celebrates its 40th Anniversary
2017 Fireblade celebrates its 25th Anniversary
2019 CB750 celebrates its 50th Anniversary
100,000 DCT equipped motorcycles sold in Europe since its introduction in 2010
Honda celebrates winning 25th Premier Class Constructors Championship
Marc Marquez wins 8th world title
Honda’s Global Motorcycle production
1976 Brazil and Italy
1979 North America