Honda Motor Co., Ltd. says its cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 200 million-unit milestone at the end of September 2008. Honda achieved the milestone in the 60th year since the company began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream D-type.
The history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production of the Dream D-type in 1949. Production outside of Japan began at Honda’s motorcycle plant in Belgium in 1963. Today, the company produces motorcycles at 32 plants in 22 countries around the world.
Honda’s annual worldwide motorcycle sales reached 13.47 million units in 2007. The company forecasts sales of more than 18 million units in 2010, with growth mostly coming from burgeoning economies in Asia, India and Brazil.