American Honda reports record motorcycle and ATV sales for 2000

5:00PM PST, January 26, 2001 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Honda reports record motorcycle and ATV sales for 2000

Torrance, CA -- American Honda Motor Company's Motorcycle Division reported today year-end retail sales of 174,376 motorcycles, an increase of 44,743 motorcycles over 1999. Honda's motorcycles sales in the US were strong enough to easily capture the number one market share position at 26.5%. In a year that saw motorcycle industry sales grow 27.3%, Honda sales grew at an unprecedented rate of 34.5%.

"We are very pleased that riders are enjoying our products in such record numbers," said Ray Blank, motorcycle division vice president. "'Performance First' means that we give our customers products that inspire and excite them. We have the most diverse lineup in the industry, with more to come. 2001 will be another incredible year for Honda customers."

American Honda's ATV sales also soared in 2000, ending the year at 211,152, an increase of 29.6%. Once again Honda exceeded the ATV industry's healthy growth rate of 18.8%, strengthening Honda's already dominant number one market share position of 32.6%.

As the industry's sales leader, Honda's US sales are on track to support parent company Honda Motor's worldwide sales goal of 7M motorcycles by March 2004, a substantial increase over Honda's 2000 sales of approximately 5.16M motorcycles.

Honda leads the motorcycle industry on other fronts as well. As the world's leader in four-stroke technology, Honda is committed to producing motorcycles, scooters and ATVs that utilize low emission, fuel efficient four-stroke engine designs.

Further to this pledge, American Honda announced today that beginning with the 2002 model year, Honda would only mass-produce four-stroke powered on and off road motorcycles, ATVs and scooters for the US market.

"Honda is, above all, an engine company," said Blank. "Our four-stroke engine designs will set new industry standards for quiet, efficient, power. And four-strokes are a responsible answer to environmental issues."

Recent Honda motorcycles are examples of Honda's 'win-win' four-stroke engineering. The 2000 California-version VFR800FI Interceptor was the first production motorcycle to meet the stringent emission standard adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for 2008. Also, Honda's just-released GL1800 Gold Wing, available in all 50 states, exceeds the CARB 2008 standard while producing considerable power - 118bhp and 125 ft/lbs. of torque - and excellent driveability.

Media inquiries: Peter terHorst, 310.783.3745


Home | Buyers Guides For Every Auto Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | 2016-1993 Car Reviews Truck Reviews
1996-2016 Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2016 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: