From: The Canberra Times, Tuesday, June 12, 1973, Page 13
Honda is awarded damages
Honda has been awarded damages from Suzuki totalling about $2.3 million for motor-cycle piracy, Agence France Presse said. A Tokyo court has ruled that Suzuki stole design details from the Honda Super CUB C-100 motor cycle for several of its own designs. The court rejected Suzuki's contention that the CUB-type design was a simple and general one. It ruled that the type was entirely new and termed a new pioneer type by trade publications when it first appeared in the 1960s. Honda had claimed piracy by Suzuki in respect of construction details, the headlight, saddle and other components. - AAP.
Honda is to strengthen its already powerful position as a motor-cycle manufacturer with the construction of a factory in central Italy. Scheduled to begin operation in the second half of this year, it is planned the factory will produce about 15,000 motor cycles a year, twothirds of which will be for the European market. Components will be imported from Japan and assembled under licence at the factory.