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TOKIO, Japan (Feb 28) – One of the most significant milestones in history went by without fanfare when total worldwide production of Honda’s Super Cub scooter reached 50 million units late in December, 2005. Launched in 1958, the Super Cub’s effort in becoming the first motor vehicle to achieve total sales of 50 million units […]

TOKIO, Japan (Feb 28) – One of the most significant milestones in history went by without fanfare when total worldwide production of Honda’s Super Cub scooter reached 50 million units late in December, 2005. Launched in 1958, the Super Cub’s effort in becoming the first motor vehicle to achieve total sales of 50 million units is quite incredible. The best selling automotive design in history is the Volkswagen Beetle which sold an incredible 21,529,464 over 68 years before it ceased production in Mexico in 2003, surpassing the previous titleholder, the Model T Ford (16.5 million) in 1972. Though the 21.5 million figure for cars might come under threat when China’s automotive industry hits full swing, the Beetle’s 68 year production period and the Honda Cub’s 50 million plus production run are likely to remain world records for eternity. With new technologies and ever-stricter emissions and marketplace imperatives requiring constant renewal, no model will ever be as futuristic enough in its design to produce 50 million units again. In the main image, one of these bikes is the first supercub and the other is the 50 millionth – which is which?

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