The company now has 34 production factories.

After a bit more than 50 years of mass production, Honda has reached an important milestone - the Japanese company has produced its 100-millionth unit globally. Everything started in 1963, when the production of the T360 mini-truck and the S500 sports car began. Only a year later, the brand “employed all of the company’s production technologies and know-how” and constructed the first Honda plant dedicated to automobile production. Shortly after, the iconic S600 roadster joined the assembly lines.

“Thanks to the support from our customers around the world, Honda was able to deliver 100 million automobiles,” Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor, declared.

“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.”

One of the most important factories for the automaker nowadays is the one located in Swindon, the United Kingdom, where the new Civic Hatchback is built and is exported around the world. Earlier this year, the company announced it will spend about $246 million for further upgrades at the plant.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback assembly
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback assembly
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback assembly

Currently, the marque has 34 production facilities assembling vehicles across five continents. The brand is focused on its global SUV bestsellers, the HR-V and CR-V, and is also offering a range of compact and subcompact cars to its European customers. In the United States, Honda has even bigger portfolio, which also includes the Ridgeline, Pilot, Accord, and Odyssey.

Speaking of the latter, it is going to receive a brand new generation at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in early January next year. Honda already released several official teasers for the family van and announced it will “feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling, and showcase a new suite of innovative features.”

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Honda produces 100-millionth vehicle

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the company 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. 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 SUVs, both global best-sellers in their respective segments along with the latest incarnation of Honda’s supercar, the NSX.  In 2016, Honda has 34 automobile production facilities on five continents.

Takahiro Hachigo, President and CEO of Honda Motor, commented, 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.”

Honda timeline

1948 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 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 5 million units

1982 Production of Accord started in the U.S.
1983 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 10 million units
1984 Production of Accord started in Thailand
1986 Production of Accord started in Canada
1990 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 20 million units
1992 Production of Accord started in the U.K.
1994 Production of Civic started in Pakistan
1995 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 30 million units
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 units
Production of Accord started in China

2003 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 50 million units
2015 Production of Accord started in Nigeria
2016 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 100 million units