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Major milestone for Honda with production of 100-millionth vehicle worldwide

PUBLISHED: 07:36 31 December 2016

Honda T360 mini-truck was its first automobile in 1963. Picture: Honda

Honda T360 mini-truck was its first automobile in 1963. Picture: Honda

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Having started building automobiles in 1963, Honda Motor Company has now hit the 100-million milestone.

Honda S500 also went into production in 1963. Picture: Honda Honda S500 also went into production in 1963. Picture: Honda

Honda has reached the 100 million milestone for the number of cars it has built worldwide.

Honda began building automobiles 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 in the central Kantō region of Japan. 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.

Honda’s current line-up in the UK focuses on global models such as the Jazz small hatchback and Civic family hatchback and estate. These cars are supplemented by the HR-V and CR-V sport utility vehicles, both global best-sellers in their respective segments along with the latest incarnation of Honda’s supercar – the NSX.

Honda now has 34 automobile production facilities on five continents.

Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor Company, 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 delivering increasingly attractive products.”

Are you a loyal Honda customer who had owned several of its cars? Email motoring@archant.co.uk

HONDA PRODUCTION TIMELINE

1948 – Honda Motor Company established.

1963 – production of the T360 mini-truck started at Saitama Factory.

1969 – production of N600 and TN360 by component parts sets started in Taiwan, Honda’s first overseas auto production. Production of N360 started in Malaysia.

1975 – production of Civic and other models started in Indonesia.

1978 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached five million.

1982 – production of Accord started in North America.

1983 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 10 million.

1984 – production of Accord started in Thailand.

1986 – production of Accord started in Canada.

1990 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 20 million.

1992 – production of Accord started in the UK.

1994 – production of Civic started in Pakistan.

1995 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 30 million. Production of Accord started in Mexico.

1997 – production of Civic started in Brazil and Turkey. Production of City started in India.

1999 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 40 million. Production of Accord started in China.

2003 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 50 million.

2015 – production of Accord started in Nigeria.

2016 – cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 100 million.

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