Honda has come a long way since it began manufacturing motorcycles in Japan in 1949, announcing today production of its 300 millionth motorcycle.
The landmark motorcycle is a Gold Wing manufactured at Honda’s factory in Kumamoto, Japan, which opened in April, 2008. Honda will also be celebrating 40 years of Gold Wing production in 2015 with the 40th Anniversary Edition Gold Wing.
Honda began small in 1949 with the 98cc Dream Type D. It was in 1958 that the company introduced the Super Cub, a bike that helped expand Honda’s reach into the U.S. and Canada, and was the basis for Honda’s now legendary “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda” ad campaign.
Of course, the company hasn’t stuck to producing just motorcycles, and now makes cars, ATVs, outboard motors, generators, snowblowers, lawn mowers and other power equipment, and now, through the Honda Aircraft Company, even produces the HondaJet light business jet.
Honda has 29 manufacturing facilities worldwide, including 16 in North America.