On October 19, Honda Motor Company held a commemorative ceremony at its Kumamoto Factory to celebrate the achievement of 100 million units for global production of the Super Cub series (49cc-125cc motorcycles).
Honda began mass production of the Super Cub C100, the first-generation Super Cub, in August 1958 at its Yamato Plant (currently Wako Plant of Saitama Factory). This was followed in 1961 with the commencement of production in Taiwan using component parts imported from Japan. Currently, the Super Cub series is produced at 16 locations spanning 15 countries around the world.
While 2-stroke engines were the mainstream when the Super Cub C100 was introduced, Honda equipped the first-generation Super Cub with a more economical and durable 50cc 4-stroke engine offering high performance. The C100 featured a low backbone frame, which facilitated in getting on and off the vehicle. In addition, the C100 was equipped with a centrifugal clutch system, which required no clutch operations, and a large plastic leg shield, which reduced dirt splatter and improved wind resistance, that contributed to its original and innovative design. In 2007, the Programmed Fuel Injection System (PGM-FI) was installed to provide the C100 with advancements such as higher environmental performance. Nonetheless, the Super Cub C100’s basic concept remains the same and its original styling has been carried on to the current generation of Super Cub models.
At the commemorative ceremony, Honda’s President and Representative Director Takahiro Hachigo stated, “Honda Super Cub, which was created in Japan, fulfills the expectations of our customers and embodies Honda’s passion to serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential. As a result, the Super Cub series has long been enjoyed by customers all over the world and was able to reach the 100 million-unit milestone in worldwide cumulative production. Honda will continue to evolve in keeping with changes of the times and strive to offer products that go beyond the expectations of our customers.”
Written by Toshiya Kouketsu @DAYS
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)