Honda Super Cub
Honda Super Cub 50th Anniversary
Million Honda Super Cubs (Below)
TOKYO, Japan, July 23, 2008 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
held a ceremony, July 21, 2008, to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Super Cub sales which began in August
The ceremony for associates was held at Honda’s
Kumamoto Factory where Super Cub is produced in Japan.
“The reason we have been able to continue producing and
selling Super Cub for 50 years, which is quite a long
time, is because of our customers who enjoy using Super
Cub every day,” said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of
Honda Motor Co, Ltd.
“I would also like to thank Honda associates who have
supported the history of Super Cub. Super Cub has
continuously advanced to accommodate the needs and
preferences of people throughout the world, and
cumulative worldwide production of Cub series
motorcycles reached the 60 million-unit milestone in
April of this year.
Moreover, in this year of the 50th anniversary of
Super Cub, a new motorcycle plant has been built at this
Kumamoto Factory, and the transfer of motorcycle
production to the new plant will be completed within
this year. I expect Kumamoto Factory to serve as
the global leader of Honda’s motorcycle production
operations around the world and to continue providing
our customers with products that create new value.”
Since the introduction of the first Super Cub C100
model in 1958, Super Cub has been a long-selling product
sold in more than 160 countries to date, and customers
around the world enjoy using Super Cub every day.
Production of Super Cub in regions outside of Japan
began in 1961 in Taiwan, with production based on
component parts sets provided from Japan and was
expanded to other countries based on Honda’s commitment
to “build products close to the customer.”
The Honda Cub series is currently being produced at
16 plants in 15 countries around the world.
Key milestones of Honda Super Cub Series
August 1958 Sales of
Super Cub C100 began (air-cooled 4-stroke,
single-cylinder OHV engine, 49cc, 4.5 horse power)
Production site: Yamato
Plant (later became Saitama Factory Wako Plant)
1959 Exports to the U.S.
1960 Production at Suzuka
production reached 1 million-unit milestone
1961 Production based on
component parts sets began in Taiwan (first
production outside of Japan)
1964 Sales of Super Cub
C65 (the first OHC engine) began
1966 Sales of Super Cub
C50 (OHC engine) began
production reached 5 million-unit milestone
production reached 10 million-unit milestone
1983 Fuel consumption of
180km/liter (30km/h constant-speed test value)
achieved (Super Cub 50 Super Custom)
1988 Sales of Press Cub
1991 Production was
transferred to Kumamoto Factory
production reached 20 million-unit milestone
1997 Sales of Little Cub
production reached 50 million-unit milestone
electronically-controlled fuel injection system,
Honda’s PGM-FI, was installed on Super Cub 50, Press
Cub 50 and Little Cub.
production reached 60 million-unit milestone (April)
►Honda Super Cub Production Reaches 50 Million
KUMAMOTO, Japan, February 8, 2006 – Honda Motor Co.,
Ltd. announced that total worldwide production of the Super Cub reached
50 million units at the end of December 2005.
A favorite with customers since its launch in 1958, the
Super Cub has become the first motor vehicle to achieve total worldwide
production of 50 million units.
The first-generation Super Cub made its debut in Japan
At a time when 2-stroke engines were the predominant
engine form, the Super Cub was fitted with a revolutionary,
high-performance 50cc 4-stroke engine that offered superb economy and
The creative design also featured a low-floor backbone
frame for convenient mounting and dismounting, a lever-free centrifugal
clutch for easy shifting, large plastic leg shields to protect riders’
legs from dirt and wind, and other innovations.
Since then the
Super Cub has undergone many improvements, but its basic design and
concepts remain unchanged, and it carries on a proud tradition of unique
In 1959 the United States became the first market for
Super Cub exports, and in 1961 Taiwan became the first country to
assemble the model from imported Japanese parts. Since then,
following the policy of building products where the demand is, Honda has
expanded Super Cub production to facilities around the world.
Currently produced in 13 countries and a popular product
in more than 160, the Super Cub is a practical motorcycle that enjoys a
strong reputation around the world.
First Version of the Honda Super Cub, 1958 Model
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