Kawasaki-LogoIRVINE, Calif. — Kawasaki is celebrating 50 years in the U.S. in 2016. The company noted in a press release that yesterday exactly 50 years prior, on March 1, 1966, American Kawasaki Motorcycle Corp. (AKMC) opened for business in Chicago. The company resided in a modest sales office at 208 South La Salle Street and a two-story parts warehouse at 2860 North Lincoln Avenue. Formerly the site of a meat-packing plant, the warehouse needed serious renovation, but the price was right for a company trying to gain a toehold in a vast new country. Welcomed by Tony Watanabe with Ted Tazaki, who led the charge to establish the Chicago office, just 50 people attended the grand opening, held at the nearby Continental Hotel. But it was the right crowd, including the banks, trading companies and distributors that would support the company’s early efforts in America.

Kawasaki-Motor-Corp-Logo-1-3-14Irvine, Calif. – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., recently announced the location of its new North American corporate headquarters at 26972 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, California, 92610. A staple in Orange County since 1969, Kawasaki reaffirms its commitment to the community with a new 15-year lease on a 200,000 square-foot facility just four miles from its current location in Irvine. Kawasaki celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the U.S. in March, 2016, and will move into the fully-renovated complex in Summer 2016.

“Our purpose in securing a new corporate headquarters is centered around two primary objectives,” said Masa Nakagawa, President and CEO, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. “First, with more than 300 of our staff being based in or around Orange County it is critical that our new location remain central to the community. Second, as Kawasaki celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the U.S. in 2016, we wanted to cultivate a new environment that creates and exemplifies the Kawasaki brand and products, and we believe this new space will do just that.”

Today, Kawasaki released information on its all-new 2012 off-road vehicles. Included in this group are Kawasaki’s dirt bikes the KX450F and KX250F, as well as its new Brute Force 750 4x4i ATV, which Off-Road.com has a chance to test earlier this year.

Check out Off-Road.com’s first ride on the 2012 Brute Force.

Kawasaki launched a page on its website today showcasing the new models with specs, pricing, videos and even a dealer location tool should you want to check one out first-hand. For more information on the new models, check out the new page on the Kawasaki website.