Honda Celebrates the Production of Its 100 Millionth Vehicle
The Honda we know today traces back to 1963, when founder Soichiro Honda launched the company’s first four-wheeled vehicle. It was the T360 mini-truck, which was Honda’s first mass-production model.
In that same year, Honda also began the production of the S500 roadster, which featured a dual overhead cam engine that could reach 9500rpm’s. In 1964, Honda continued to expand their business by setting up their first Honda plant dedicated to automobile production in Sayama City.
Unquestionably, the automaker’s bestselling and most well-known model is the Civic. It began its production in 1972, and is currently in its 10th generation.
Currently, Honda 34 automobile production facilities that span across five continents, and in countries including Turkey, India, China, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.
On celebrating its 100 millionth four-wheeled vehicle milestone, president and chief executive Takahiro Hachigo said,
“Thanks to the support from our customers around the world, 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 to delivering increasingly attractive products.”
One of the most important factories for Honda is located in Swindon, in the United Kingdom where the new Civic Hatchback is being built. Earlier this year, it was announced that Honda will spend about $246 million to further upgrade the plant.
It will be interesting to see what Honda will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show, which takes place from January 8th-22nd. Some teasers have already been unveiled several official teasers for the Honda Odyssey, which will feature “new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling, and showcase a new suite of innovative features.” We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news from the Auto Show in the coming weeks.