Honda's Atessa factory, founded in the Abruzzo region of Italy in 1971, has reached an impressive milestone, having produced one million SH scooters.
That's an impressive number in itself, but the Atessa factory didn't start producing the SH models until 1996. That means in the 11 years of SH production in Italy, they've averaged almost 100,000 scooters a year! The SH range was introduced in 1984 with the SH50 moped, which was built in Belgium until production moved to Atessa 12 years later.
The move to Atessa also saw the introduction of an updated SH50, as well as a new SH100. Now, the Atessa factory builds all three models in the SH range; the SH125, SH150 and SH300.
The SH125, Europe's best-selling scooter in 2016 selling over 17,000 units has been produced at Atessa since 2001, and has a fan at MCN. Office manager Alison bought a second hand Honda SH125 in 2016 for the winter commute, and she hasn't looked back since. Check out our Honda SH125 vs Kymco Agility City test to find out how it compared to a new scooter.
Alison is also riding the latest Honda SH125i at the moment, and you'll be able to read her thoughts on the new Euro4 scooter soon.
The 2017 Honda SH125i features LED lights front and rear, remotely-operating Smart Key and new styling. It's definitely moved on a fair bit from the boxy SH50 from 1984.
Over 300 million
Sure, one million scooters in 11 years is impressive, but Honda built their 300 millionth motorcycle in 2014! It started in 1949 with the Honda Dream Type-D and the 300 millionth bike Honda built was a 40th anniversary Gold Wing.
But wait, there's more! Honda's legendary Super Cub is the most-produced motorcycle in history, with over 87 million units built.
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