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Japan
May 27, 2003

Honda Overseas Production Up 18.2% In April

May 27, 2003 -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that overseas production increased 18.2% in April over the same month in 2002, the 28th consecutive month of growth in that category. 

Although global production was down slightly by 2.4% for the month, it was up 5.9% for the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2002. 

Domestic sales were down 31.3% in April. The Fit again was Honda's best-seller for the month, totaling 12,731 units. Honda's Life mini-vehicle (10,414 units) and Mobilio (3,416 units) were the other best-sellers for the month. 

Exports in April were down 3.5%, primarily because of fewer shipments to North America and Asia. It was the first overall decrease since September 2002.

PRODUCTION, SALES, EXPORTS (April 2003)

PRODUCTION

 
April
Annual Total-2003
Units
Vs.4/02
Units
Vs.2002
Domestic
83,873
-26.2%
393,011
-14.0%
Overseas (CBU only)
154,014
+18.2%
619,325
+24.2%
Worldwide Total *
237,887
-2.4%
1,012,336
+5.9%

* excludes overseas CKD

REGIONAL PRODUCTION

 
April
Annual Total-2003
Units
Vs.4/02
Units
Vs.2002
North America
106,096
+5.6%
442,787
+16.4%
(USA only)
72,651
+7.2%
303,567
+19.9%
Europe
15,329
+2.2%
67,158
+17.3%
Asia
26,429
+102.4%
90,039
+76.2%
Others
6,160
+262.8%
19,341
+100.2%
Regional Total
154,014
+18.2%
619,325
+24.2%

SALES

Vehicle type
April
Annual Total-2003
Units
Vs.4/02
Units
Vs.2002
Passenger Cars
& Light Trucks
28,506
-36.1%
183,764
-13.1%
(Imports)
(1,692)
+131.1%
(7,170)
+109.2%
Mini Vehicles
17,487
-22.0%
79,526
-22.3%
Honda Brand TTL
45,993
-31.3%
263,290
-16.1%

EXPORTS

 
April
Annual Total-2003
Units
Vs.4/02
Units
Vs.2002
North America
20,445
-26.3%
80,617
-17.8%
(USA only)
17,737
-24.0%
70,205
-18.6%
Europe
11,923
+119.1%
45,247
+126.5%
Asia
2,451
-36.8%
7,076
-29.8%
Others
6,692
+12.5%
22,815
+19.7%
Total
41,511
-3.5%
155,755
+5.9%