Honda Celebrates a Golden 50th Anniversary in Australia

Honda first set up shop in Australia on Feb. 4, 1969.

Honda Australia celebrates its 50th birthday this year, marking half a century since the company was established locally on February 4, 1969.

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Although Honda products had been imported and distributed around Australia by a variety of private companies since the 1950s, the brand’s official local presence began when Honda Motor Company in Japan sent Mr. Hidehiko Shiomi to Melbourne to setup a unified, national representation for Honda in Australia.

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MELBOURNE: Honda Australia is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, marking half a century since the company was established locally on Feb 4, 1969.

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Although Honda products had been imported and distributed around Australia by a variety of private companies since the 1950s, the brand’s official local presence began when Honda Motor Company in Japan sent Hidehiko Shiomi to Melbourne to setup a unified, national representation for Honda in Australia.

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“Honda Australia was a Honda subsidiary set up primarily to sell cars, but it has since grown with the global Honda brand to deliver a wide range of products and services that help make people’s lives more enjoyable,” said Honda Australia managing director and CEO Hiroyuki Shimizu.

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From cars and motorcycles to generators, lawn mowers and marine engines, Honda’s diverse range of products have been enjoyed by millions of Australians over the last 50 years.

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From cars and motorcycles to generators, lawn mowers and marine engines, Honda’s diverse range of products have been enjoyed by millions of Australians over the last 50 years.

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To mark such a significant milestone, a unified Honda Australia has created a one-off collection of some of its current iconic performance products, resplendent in striking gold bodywork as the traditional symbol of a 50th Anniversary.

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The Honda Australia ‘golden era of performance’ lineup covers everything from generators to supercars, featuring seven of Honda’s latest and greatest products:
– NSX hybrid supercar
– Civic Type R high-performance hot hatch
– CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle from the Supersport range
– CRF450L next-generation motorcycle from the Enduro range
– CRF50F Kids Fun bike, Honda’s best-selling off road machine
– HRU19 Buffalo Premium lawnmower, proudly designed and assembled here in Australia
– EU22i Generator, the world’s best-selling Super Quiet, leisure generator

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The celebratory golden collection of products will be used throughout the year to inspire, thank and connect with Honda Australia customers.

Honda Australia partnered with Melbourne-based specialists Vinyl Wraps and Graphics to conceptualise and produce the striking gold bodywork on each of the products.

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A gold chrome film was laminated with a clear satin film to help disperse reflections, resulting in a unique and refined finish that changes tone with the prevailing light source.

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project info

manufacturer: honda australia/vinyl wraps and graphics

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