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Honda builds its 400 millionth motorcycle since 1949

Honda has produced its 400 millionth motorcycle in 2019, just twelve months after producing its 300 millionth!

MOTORCYCLE and automotive giant Honda has completed the production of its 400 millionth motorcycle in 2019 with an annual total for the year of 21 million bikes built globally.

The milestone was reached 70-years after the companies first production machine, the Dream D-Type rode off the production line back in 1949. The Dream D-Type may have been the first but is by no means Honda’s greatest seller, that accolade falls to the Super Cub, which has been in continuous production – in one guise or another – since 1958. Production of that machine alone is thought to have 100 million in 2017.

Speaking of the achievement, Takahiro Hachigo, Chief Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co. said:

“For 70 years Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable. 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 customers worldwide”

Today Honda boasts one of the most wide-reaching and varied ranges of any global motorcycle producer, with motorcycles in almost every sector of the powered two-wheeled motorcycle market. With small capacity, high production bikes like the SH125i making life easier for urban dwellers, and out and out supersports bikes like the new 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade topping the range.

Honda Motorcycles manufacturing milestones

  • 1968 Honda reaches 10 million unit milestone
  • 1984 Honda reaches 50 million unit milestone
  • 1997 Honda reaches 100 million unit milestone
  • 2004 Honda exceed 10 million unit annual motorcycle production
  • 2008 Honda reaches 200 million unit milestone
  • 2014 Honda reaches 300 million unit milestone
  • 2018 Honda exceed 20 million unit annual motorcycle production
  • 2019 Honda reaches 400 million-unit milestone

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