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Golden anniversary for Honda Cub

Top-selling motorcycle celebrated

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 23, 2008
Honda celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Super Cub in a ceremony July 21 at the new Kumamoto factory where the popular motorcycle is produced.

The small-displacement bike, which recently passed the 60-million milestone, is the highest selling motorcycle of all time.

“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,” Honda commemorated the Super Cub's anniversary at its new facility in Kumamoto, Japan.says Takeo Fukui, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co, Ltd. “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.”

First introduced in 1958, the Super Cub has been sold in more than 160 countries and is produced in 16 factories in 15 countries, including the facility at Kumamoto, Japan, which began operations in April.

Honda Super Cub milestones
1958 Honda begins sales of the 49cc air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder Super Cub C100 produced at its Yamato plant
1959 Honda begins exporting the Super Cub to the U.S.
1960 Production begins at Suzuka Factory
1961 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches million-unit mark
1964 Honda introduces Super Cub C65 with overhead camshaft (OHC) engine
1966 Honda introduces Super Cub C50 (OHC engine)
1967 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches five million-unit mark
1974 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches ten million-unit mark
1983 Honda tests have Super Cub 50 Super Custom attain a reputed fuel consumption of 180 km/liter (423 miles per gallon) at
1988 Honda begins sales of Press Cub
1991 Production of Super Cub moves to Kumamoto Factory
1992 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches 20 million-unit mark
1997 Honda begins sales of Little Cub
2005 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches 50 million-unit mark
2007 Honda installs PGM-FI electronically-controlled fuel injection system on Super Cub 50, Press Cub 50 and Little Cub
2008 Cumulative production of the Super Cub reaches 60 million-unit mark. Production moves to new Kumamoto Factory

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