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Honda builds 300 millionth motorcycle


by Josée Paquet

On Tuesday, Honda announced the production of its 300 millionth motorcycle, a milestone more than 65 years in the making. Built at the company’s Kumamoto Factory in Japan, the historic bike is a Honda Gold Wing which itself will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015.

Honda Gold Wing
Photo: Honda

Honda began mass production of motorcycles in Japan in 1949 with the 98cc Dream Type-D. Today, Honda produces motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-sides at 32 plants in 22 countries, including two plants in North America.

Dream Type-D
Photo: Honda

“This incredible milestone is the result of the millions of customers who have placed their trust in Honda and we would like to thank all of our customers, associates, dealers and community partners in North America for helping make it possible,” said Jerry Chenkin, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. “Now, we are focused on the future and the ways that we can harness the challenging spirit of Honda associates to create new joy for Honda customers.”