GLOBAL AUTO GIANT: One of Honda's first ever cars was the S500 sports car, the firm announced it had produced 100-million cars since 1963. Image: Newspress
London - Honda motor company has announced it has reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative global automobile production.
Honda began automobile production in 1963 with the production of the T360 mini-truck and the S500 sports car. A year later Honda employed all of the company’s production technologies and know-how and constructed the first Honda plant dedicated to automobile production in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. The new plant began production of a further model, the iconic S600 roadster.
Since that time, Honda has increased its annual production volume, enhancing its line up and exporting the brand to an ever wider range of countries.
The Honda T360 mini-truck. Image: Newspress
Honda’s current line-up in South Africa focuses on global models such as the Jazz small hatchback and Civic hatchback. These cars are supplemented by the BR-V, HR-V and CR-V SUVs.
In 2016, Honda has 34 automobile production facilities on five continents.
Takahiro Hachigo, president and Honda Motor,s CEO commented: "Thanks to the support from our customers around the world, Honda was able to deliver 100-million automobiles.
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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."