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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

1969-1960 1969

  • American Honda begins sales of the N600 automobile in Hawaii.

  • Canadian Honda Motor Ltd. (now Honda Canada, Inc.) established in Toronto, Canada.

  • Honda begins automobile production in Taiwan and Malaysia through technical collaboration.

1968

1967

1966 1965 1964 1963

1962

  • American Honda launches its first large motorcycle, the Dream CB750 Four.

  • American Honda sells one-millionth motorcycle in the U.S.

  • Honda withdraws from F-1 racing to concentrate on production of commercial cars and development of low-emission technologies.

  • Production of automobiles starts at Suzuka factory.

  • Honda begins motorcycle production in Thailand.

  • Honda F-2 car establishes a record of 11 consecutive victories.

  • Honda F-1 car wins first Grand Prix race in Mexican Grand Prix.

  • Honda begins participating in Formula One® Grand Prix racing.

  • American Honda’s “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda” advertising campaign helps revolutionize the American motorcycle industry.

  • American Honda moves its headquarters to Gardena, California.

  • Honda’s first overseas plant Honda Benelux in Belgium starts production of “mopeds.”

  • Honda issues EDR (European Depository Receipts) in Europe.

  • Honda markets first automobile S500 and lightweight truck T360 in Japan.

  • Honda issues ADRs (American Depository Receipts) in the U.S.

  • Motorcycle production begins in Taiwan through technical collaboration.

  • American Honda launches first power equipment product, the F190 mini-tiller.

1961

  • Honda racing team wins Britain’s Isle of Man TT Races in 125cc and

250cc classes.

1960

  • Research and Development division is re-established as a separate

company — Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

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1959-1946 1959

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. established as Honda’s first overseas subsidiary on June 11. The Honda 50 (Super Cub), Dream and Benly motorcycles are the first products.

1958

• Honda launches Super Cub motorcycle in Japan, helping make Honda the sales leader.

1955 1954

1952 1949 1948

1946

  • Honda leads Japan in motorcycle production volume.

  • Honda declares intention to race in Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race in the U.K. (eventually participating for the first time in 1959).

  • Honda’s first general purpose engine (Type H) is produced.

  • Honda introduces first original motorcycle — 2-stroke Dream D-type.

  • Soichiro Honda incorporates Honda Technical Research Institute and renames it Honda Motor Co., Ltd., capitalized at one million yen.

  • Soichiro Honda establishes Honda Technical Research Institute in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, where he develops and produces internal combustion engines and machine tools.

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