Honda is celebrating the production of 400 million motorcycles

Published 20-12-2019

North West Honda Super Centre
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Seventy years after the first Dream D-Type rolled out of the factory in 1949, we are today celebrating the 70th anniversary of motorcycle production having produced 400 million units world-wide.

Motorcycle mass production outside of Japan, started at our first factory in Belgium in 1963. Since then, we have expanded global production in accordance with our fundamental principle of making motorcycles to supply local demand, with 35 production facilities in 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Since our foundation, we have 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 us to achieve the 100 million unit milestone in 1997, the 300 million unit milestone in 2014, and today, the 400 million unit milestone.

In 2018 we exceeded annual global production of 20 million units for the first time in our history and we continue to enjoy strong support from customers across the globe, as we works towards the 2030 vision to serve our worldwide audience with the ‘joy of expanding their life’s potential.’

Takahiro Hachigo, Chief Executive Officer:

“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.”

Honda’s motorcycle production 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
  • 2018: Honda exceed 20 million unit annual motorcycle production
  • 2019: Honda reaches 400 million-unit milestone