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Honda Celebrates 100 Million Super Cub Production Milestone

Thursday,19 Oct 2017

Original Super Cub

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that cumulative worldwide production of Honda Super Cub series motorcycles*1this month has reached the 100 million-unit milestone, and held a commemorative ceremony at its Kumamoto Factory, where Super Cub series motorcycles are produced in Japan. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, guests and representatives from local municipalities and suppliers, as well as Honda executives and associates, including President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

Mass-production of the first-generation Super Cub C100 began in August 1958 at the Yamato Plant (which later became the Wako Plant of Saitama Factory). In 1961, based on Honda’s longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda began production of Super Cub C100 in Taiwan using component parts sets from Japan. Now, Honda produces Super Cub series motorcycles at 16 plants in 15 countries around the world.

Super Cub Revision

When the first-generation Super Cub C100 was first launched, the 2-stroke engine was the mainstream power plant for motorcycles. However, the Super Cub C100 was equipped with an innovative and high-performance 50cc 4-stroke engine which was highly economical and durable. Super Cub C100 also achieved creative and unique designs including the low-floor backbone frame which enhanced the ease of getting on and off, a centrifugal clutch system which required no clutch operations, and the installation of a large plastic leg shield which reduced the amount of dirt splatter and wind experienced by the rider. Moreover, in 2007, Honda began installing Programmed Fuel Injection System (PGM-FI*2) to Super Cub C100, which further enhanced the environmental performance of the model. While undergoing various advancements, the basic concept has remained unchanged since the introduction of the first-generation and its original style has been carried forward even to current models.

All New Super Cub

Honda Super Cub series has continued to evolve globally to accommodate the unique cultures and increasingly diversifying customer needs in each country, and it has become an enduring series now sold and enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries*3 around the world. In 2018, Honda will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Super Cub series sales, and Honda will continue creating attractive products unique to Honda for the joy of its customers all around the world.

Comments by Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director, Chief Executive Officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:

“Honda Super Cub, which was created in Japan, fulfills the expectations of our customers and embodies Honda’s passion to serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential. As a result, the Super Cub series has long been enjoyed by customers all over the world and was able to reach the 100 million-unit milestone in worldwide cumulative production. Honda will continue to evolve in keeping with changes of the times and strive to offer products that go beyond the expectations of our customers.”

  • *1Honda motorcycles which fulfill certain conditions including, 49cc-125cc engine size, 4-stroke single cylinder engine, frame (low-floor backbone frame) and tire size lager than 14 inches, etc.
  • *2PGM-FI(Programmed Fuel Injection)is a registered trade name of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • *3Honda internal research

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