While we wait for the New Year and ponder what has occurred in the last 365 days, the folks at Honda certainly have a milestone to remember 2019 by – this was the year that they built their 400 millionth motorcycle. That’s a lot.
This marker comes in Honda’s 70th year of making motorcycles (the Honda Dream D-Type went on sale in 1949), and it is an astounding achievement for the Japanese brand.
Almost one quarter of those machines sold come from the Honda Super Cub lineup, which is impressive for the tiny people-mover that has becoming a two-wheeled icon around the world.
But, what is perhaps more astounding is the overall rate at which Honda is growing, as the Japanese brand hit the 300 million motorcycle mark just a few years ago, in 2014.
Honda reached the 200 million mark in 2008, and the 100 million motorcycle mark in 1997. Check out the title graphic of this story, and note the hockey stick trajectory.
“For 70 years Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable,” said Honda Motor CEO Takahiro Hachigo.
“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”
The question now is, when will we see Honda break the half-BILLION production figure? It is cray to think that it might be within the next five years.