on October 20th 1922, Tohatsu Corporation, then named Takata
Motor Research Institute, manufactured railcars. R&D of
high-speed portable engine generators and radio controlled
generators began immediately and were brought to production in
1930. During the1930's and 40's, Tohatsu consolidated its
product line and moved its corporate office to Tokyo. In 1950,
production and sales of motorcycles began.
1955 brought aggressive
growth to Tohatsu. Capital increased to 150 million yen,
production on a new line of outboard engines started, sales offices were
established in Fukuoka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo and
dealers were located throughout Japan.
1956 ushered in the
production of Tohatsu Outboards with the "OB-2", an air-cooled
1.5 hp outboard. Since then, Tohatsu outboard motors have capably
served a variety of marketplaces: commercial fishing, marine
transport, recreation and competition.
2016 marks Tohatsu's 60th
Anniversary of it's first outboard. Click here to read
more about our 60th Annivesary.
In January 2005, Tohatsu
opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in the
mountainous area of central Japan that boasts over 370,000 sq.
ft. of space and has a production capacity of over 200,000
per year. Tohatsu's new plant uses technologically advanced
machinery that is fully automated to produce reliable outboards
with award winning reputations. All Tohatsu outboard motors are
produced in Japan.
Click here to learn more
about Tohatsu's "History of Reliability".
The Tohatsu tradition began by building
reliable motors for commercial Japanese
fishermen who needed an outboard motor that could run
for days on end, no matter what the weather.
The ocean-tested engineering that enables
Tohatsu motors to work under these demanding
and often harsh conditions makes Tohatsu one
of the toughest, most reliable engines
available to you.
Tohatsu knows that when it comes to owning
an outboard motor, one thing is most
important to you: reliability. Whether
you're fishing at dawn or watching the
sunset with your family, you need an
outboard engine that will get you back, every time.