|The tiny T360 mini-truck was Honda’s very first automobile. (Photo: Honda)
“Thanks to the support from our customers around the world,” said Takahiro Hachigo, President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “Honda was able to deliver 100 million automobiles. The passion of our company founder who wanted to help people in their daily lives and pursue the joy of driving has been inherited by Honda associates as the original starting point of Honda automobile manufacturing. Striving to meet the next 100 million customers, Honda will continue delivering increasingly attractive products.”
|Surprisingly Honda chose the two-seat 1963 S500 roadster for its second model. (Photo: Honda)|
The following year, 1964, with its sights set on full-scale automobile production the Japanese brand combined all of its motorcycle production experience and technologies, along with its then recently developed auto production know-how, within the Sayama Factory in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture, this being Honda’s first
|In 1967 Honda focused on mass consumer appeal with its FWD N360 kei car. (Photo: Honda)|
Over the past five decades Honda has expanded its product lineup to global proportions, while growing its model lineup to include Canadian bestsellers like the compact Civic Sedan and Coupe, now enhanced by a third Hatchback body style for
|The 1973 Civic pushed Honda into the mainstream market in North America and around the world. (Photo: Honda)|
Some of these models are built in North America, the Civic Sedan and Coupe plus the CR-V produced at Honda Canada’s Alliston, Ontario plant, the Civic also produced in Greensburg, Indiana (the new Civic Hatchback exclusively hails from Swindon, England), whereas the Accord was the first Japanese four-passenger car made
|The Civic was once again Canada’s bestselling car for calendar year 2016. (Photo: Honda)|
Of course, Honda creates many more regional models that satisfy the needs and tastes of varying markets, all of which have added up to the milestone 100-millionth production number. Today the Japanese automaker also assembles vehicles throughout Asia, including China and India, in Europe,
|Honda’s motorcycle production dates back to 1946. (Photo: Honda)|
To be clear, the 100-million unit mark does not include the hundreds of millions of motorcycles Honda began producing as far back as 1946, or the brand’s many powersport products. Factoring in these non-automobiles, Honda’s worldwide overall production number swells to more than 560 million.
The company founder that Hachigo-san speaks of in his comments above is Soichiro Honda, who initially made his mark as a piston ring supplier to Toyota Corp. via his company Tōkai Seiki (Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company). The remnants of this Tōkai Seiki (one factory was bombed during WWII, and the other collapsed
|Honda sells a lot more than just cars. (Photo: Honda)|
Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, while it became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda is also the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines (ICE) measured by volume, building more than 14 million ICE’s per year.
On that note, along with its core automobile and motorcycle product lines Honda also produces
|The HondaJet proves the Japanese company is capable of just about anything. (Photo: Honda)|
As for the future, who knows? But Honda has had its hand in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics research since 1986, making news headlines all over the world in 2000 when its ASIMO robot was revealed.
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