AMSTERDAM, 28 July - Very soon the first Japanese mopeds will be offered in the Netherlands, coming from the Honda factories. Striking is the four-stroke engine, with which these mopeds are equipped. This means that pure petrol - and therefore no mixture of petrol and oil - can be used as fuel. The fuel consumption of the engines would be very low: the factory gives at 1.1 litres per hundred kilometres.
The mopeds are assembled in Aalst (Belgium) where a new company was founded and where production will be increased as soon as possible to 10,000 units per month. With this, not only the European market but also other export areas will be processed. The one-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke OHV engines come straight from Japan. Several parts of the mopeds are sourced from suppliers in the Benelux countries.
According to Mr. W. Aarsen, sales manager for the Netherlands of Honda Motor, who will arrange the distribution from Rotterdam for the time being, the price of this Japanese moped will be between six hundred and eight hundred guilders. In Belgium, where the Honda 50 "Moped" has already been introduced, the price will be over seven hundred guilders.
Source: "De Tijd - De Maasbode", Page 7, Date: 26-07-1963.