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Honda reaches 300 million unit milestone in cumulative global motorcycle production

Tuesday 25th November, 2014 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that Honda’s cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300 million-unit milestone in September 2014, and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s primary motorcycle production plant in Japan, to commemorate this remarkable milestone.

A Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition produced at Kumamoto Factory became the 300 millionth motorcycle that Honda has produced globally. 2015_GL1800_Gold_Wing (2)

The 300 million-unit milestone was reached in the 66th year since Honda began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.

The history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production in Japan in 1949. Production outside of Japan began in Belgium in 1963, and since then Honda has been expanding its local production to many countries around the world based on Honda’s commitment to “build products close to the customer.” With a longstanding passion to create technologies that make people’s lives more convenient and fun, Honda has been developing and offering products that accommodate the diverse needs of customers in a large number of countries and regions around the world.

Having grown into a brand beloved by many customers around the world, Honda is currently producing motorcycles at 33 plants in 22 countries, sharing joys with its customers. Honda will continue offering products which fulfil the needs of its customers around the world.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“Thanks to support from our customers and all of the people involved in development, production and sales, Honda was able to reach the 300 million-unit milestone. We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world.”

Honda

  • Founded in 1948 by Soichiro Honda, Honda is the world’s largest engine manufacturer.
  • Since 1986, it has been actively involved in robotics, and released the first ASIMO humanoid robot in 2000.
  • In 2006, Honda announced its plan to enter the aviation market with a compact business jet aircraft. The HondaJet is now entering the final stages of certification process.

Honda motorcycle facts

  • In 2013 Honda sold 16.8 million motorcycles worldwide, an increase of 8.7% compared to 2012.
  • It has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959.
  • The Honda Super Cub is the most-produced motorcycle in history. Cumulative worldwide production reached 87 million units in March 2014. It has been sold in more than 160 countries.
  • The Honda Gold Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary of production in 2015, This milestone is being commemorated with a Special Edition colour scheme for the GL1800 Gold Wing.
  • Honda has an unequalled record of success in motorcycle racing, having won 21 Constructors Titles in the premier class (known currently as MotoGP), 63 Constructors Championships and 697 races across all categories in the premier class.
  • 21 year old 2014 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won a record 13 Grand Prix in the 2014 season.
  • Over 30,000 motorcycles equipped with Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission have been sold in Europe since its introduction in 2010.

Kumamoto Factory

  • Established:  1976
  • Location:       1500 Hirakawa, Ohzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Business:      Production of motorcycles and power products
  • Area:              Approximately 1,616,000m2
  • Production capacity:      160,000 units/year (including ATVs)
  • Employees:   Approximately 2,600 associates
  • Main production models:    GL1800 Gold Wing, CBR1000RR Fireblade, VFR800F, CRF off-road models, NM4 Vultus, power product engines, etc

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November 25th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

New Honda CB125F to make European debut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Honda CB125F to make European debut at Motorcycle Live

Honda Motor Europe has today announced details of a brand-new model set to make its European debut at Motorcycle Live, the UK’s biggest bike show, which opens this Saturday at The NEC, Birmingham.

The CB125F is extensively revised with CB-F family ‘naked’ style plus a responsive new chassis and six-spoke 18-inch wheels. Built for real-world usability, its new air-cooled engine delivers strong low to mid-range torque, and features a balance shaft and revised PGM-FI settings. Build quality is also enhanced, while purchase and ownership costs remain outstandingly attractive.

The model’s predecessor – the CBF125 – has long-proved a tough, user-friendly entry-level motorcycle. It has been the UK’s best-selling 125 machine for the past six years.

The 2015 CB125F is drawn from a fresh gene pool and while it maintains the previous model’s core strengths, it builds heavily on quality, ease of use and a desirable new look. It’s a great bike to simply get riders where they need to be – or from where to begin a lifetime of motorcycling.

 

 

 

 

November 19th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

All-New ASIMO Takes A Stroll Around New York

Ever wonder what ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, would do with a day off in one of the world’s biggest cities?

Well, in a new video released today, All-New ASIMO, the latest generation of Honda’s humanoid robot, goes on a tour of New York City.

Earlier this year, All-New ASIMO made its European debut in Brussels, Belgium. It has since begun a Europe-wide tour, including stops in the United Kingdom, where it attended the WIRED 2014 conference and visited the editorial offices of the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Most recently the robot made its country debut in the Czech Republic, where it was invited to celebrate the first anniversary of the country’s refurbished Techmania Science Centre.

But as documented in the unique new video, before all of that, All-New ASIMO spent some time getting to know New York, popularly known as the “Big Apple”. All-New_ASIMO_Takes_A_Stroll_Around_New_York

An early-morning visit to Times Square starts the day as ASIMO greets the day’s early risers at one of the world’s most famous crossroads. At lunch, ASIMO spends time at the scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park. ASIMO makes some new friends at the plaza overlooking the city’s East River and poses for paparazzi with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in the background before travelling back to Manhattan.

ASIMO then joins a surprised crowd in Madison Square Park in the shadow of the historic Flatiron Building. Taking advantage of the great Empire State weather, ASIMO dances for the crowd and introduces itself to hundreds of youngsters.

The video can be viewed in its entirety via this YouTube link as well as on Honda and ASIMO social media platforms.

November 12th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

Honda CBR500R ABS scoops two prestigious awards

Honda (UK) is celebrating success after the Honda CBR500R ABS model picked up winners’ accolades in the 2014 Awards presentations of two of the UK’s most well respected media titles – Motorcycle News and Visordown.com.

Widely considered as the most prestigious awards in motorcycling, the 2014 MCN Awards were announced last week with the Honda CBR500R ABS being named as the ‘Best Sub-500cc Motorcycle’ for the second consecutive year. The A2-category machine is praised for its “eyebrow-raisingly good price” as well as its excellent handling and use of power.

The CBR500R ABS also scooped the accolade of ‘Best A2 Bike’ in the inaugural Visordown Awards, announced in September. The judging panel – made up of some of the industry’s most experienced road testers – deemed the machine to be a great all-rounder with excellent power delivery and a value-for-money price tag.

“We’re really pleased to collect both the MCN and Visordown awards for the CBR500R ABS”, said Nick Campolucci, Head of Motorcycles at Honda UK. “We wanted to create something that encapsulated the performance and quality of a Honda while appealing to the everyday rider with everyday needs. We even managed an everyday price tag!”

The fully faired twin-cylinder CBR500R ABS is aimed at riders looking to move up from a 125cc machine or those holding an A2 licence and provides an excellent first big sports bike experience. For the last two years, it has been the machine of choice for the one-make European Junior Championship, which runs alongside the World Superbike Championship and allows young riders to showcase their racing talent, developing the skills necessary for a racing career at world level.

The CBR500R ABS is available now through Honda dealers nationwide priced at £5,499 OTR and can be purchased on a three-year finance deal, which includes a free Super Sports Pack until 31 December 2014.

Other Honda models to receive special mentions in the awards were the CB650F, which was named runner-up in the ‘Best Naked Middleweight’ category in the MCN Awards, and the VRF800, which was voted Readers’ Choice in the ‘Best Sport Tourer’ category in the Visordown Awards.

 

October 28th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

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