Honda Chronology (1959-1946)

1959

  • Honda establishes American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Super Cub, the Dream and the Benly motorcycles are the first products.

1958

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

1955

  • Honda leads Japan in motorcycle production volume.

1954

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

1952

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

1949

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

1948

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

1946

  • 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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