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Motorcycle
Japan
September 13, 2002

Honda Announces 2003 Motorcycle Models for Europe

Brussels, Belgium, September 12, 2003 - Honda Europe Motorcycle today announced its 2003 motorcycle models for the European market at the "Brussels Event Brewery" here. The main features of the major models are outlined as follows:

◆CBR600RR
This is a middle class on-road sports model, equipped with a water-cooled, four-stroke, in-line, four-cylinder 600cc engine offering high performance. It features the world's first successfully mass produced highly rigid hybrid aluminum chassis with a hollow-section unit die-cast aluminum frame sections, which provides the model with refined styling.
In addition, an innovative Pro Link rear suspension system has been adopted on a mass production model for the first time, contributing to an improvement in cornering performance.
Sales will start in Europe at the beginning of 2003. The projected number of sales is 13,000 units/year.

◆LEAD
This clean, quiet, stylish scooter equipped with a water-cooled, four-stroke, single­cylinder 100cc engine is being marketed at a very reasonable price. Taking advantage of Honda’s global production network, it will be imported from Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, a Honda subsidiary, and offered at a price equivalent to that for 50cc class models. Sales will start in the spring of 2003. The projected number of sales is 12,500 units/year.

◆INNOVA
This is a fashionably designed motorcycle equipped with a water-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder 125cc engine. This model was created based on the concept of the Super Cub, which boasts the largest sales among Honda motorcycles. Imported from Honda Thailand, where Cub type scooters are mainstream vehicles, the Innova will be introduced to European countries including Greece, where small-displacement step-through models are the most popular type of scooter.
Sales will start at the end of 2002. The projected number of sales is 15,000 units/year.