Honda Motor cumulative global production of four-wheeled vehicles reached a 50 million-unit milestone in August.

In 1963, Honda started four-wheel production with the T360 mini-truck and the S500 sports car in Japan. Production volume increased through the subsequent introduction of such vehicles as N360 (1967), Civic (1972) and Accord (1976). After a period of 20 years, in 1983, Honda’s cumulative production of four-wheeled vehicles worldwide topped the 10 million-unit mark. When car production in the United States began in 1982 with the Accord model, the production base quickly expanded in scale, thus greatly contributing to the increase in Honda’s global supply.

Cumulative worldwide four wheeled vehicle production reached 20 million units in 1990 and 30 million units in 1995. As production in Asia and other areas expanded, the cumulative production figure grew to 40 million units in 1999.  And in August cumulative production of automobiles reached 50 million.

Based on its fundamental policy of “manufacturing where there is demand”, Honda has actively engaged in overseas production activities. The company’s first overseas car production began in Taiwan in 1969 with knockdown production of mini vehicles (N600 and TN600). In 1982 Honda became the first Japanese manufacturer of cars in the US when it began production of the popular Accord model in Ohio. Production sites expanded to various locations worldwide and Honda is currently producing cars at a total of 19 sites in 15 countries.

Of the 50 million units produced, Japanese production accounted for approximately 33.8 million units. Of the balance, Honda plants in North America were responsible for 12.6 million units.  The Civic series comprised approximately 15 million units and the Accord series approximately 13 million units.