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July 28, 2003

Honda Overseas Production Up 15.1% In June

July 28, 2003 -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that overseas production increased 15.1% in June over the same month in 2002, the 30th consecutive month of growth in that category. 

Although global production was up only slightly by 0.2% for the month, it increased by almost 3.9% compared to the first half of 2002. Overseas production for the same period was up 21.1% over the previous year, led by a 15% increase in the United States and a 68.9% increase in Asia. 

Domestic sales were down 34.6% in June. The Fit again was Honda's best-seller for the month, totaling 14,413 units. Honda's Life mini-vehicle (9,457 units) and Mobilio (5,675 units) were the other best-sellers for the month.
Exports in June were up slightly by 1%, primarily because of increased shipments to Europe.

HONDA PRODUCTION, SALES AND EXPORTS – JUNE 2003

PRODUCTION

  June Annual Total-2003 Fiscal Year** Total
Units
Vs.6/02
Units
vs.'02FY
Units
vs.’02FY
Domestic
98,956
-15.8%
579,939
-15.2%
270,801
-20.5%
Overseas (CBU only)
145,163
+15.1%
919,575
+21.1%
454,266
+16.1%
Worldwide Total *
244,119
+0.2%
1,499,514
+3.9%
725,067
-1.0%

* excludes overseas CKD
**(04/2003 ~ 06/2003)

REGIONAL PRODUCTION

  June Annual Total-2003 Fiscal Year** Total
Units
vs.6/02
Units
vs.'02FY
Units
vs.'02FY
North America
98,724
+4.9%
647,812
+12.6%
311,121
+5.3%
(USA only)
67,223
+4.7%
443,623
+15.0%
212,707
+6.3%
Europe
14,933
+34.8%
96,878
+15.2%
45,049
+7.7%
Asia
26,905
+48.3%
143,544
+68.9%
79,936
+70.3%
Others
4,601
+64.1%
31,341
+107.5%
18,160
+154.3%
Regional Total
145,163
+15.1%
919,575
+21.1%
454,266
+16.1%

SALES

Vehicle type June Annual Total-2003 Fiscal Year** Total
Units
vs. 6/02
Units
vs.'02FY
Units
vs.'02FY
Passenger Cars
& Light Trucks
37,455
-31.7%
256,535
-17.9%
101,277
-30.4%
(Imports)
(2,241)
167.7%
(11,660)
130.4%
(6,182)
161.5%
Mini Vehicles
20,760
-39.2%
116,679
-25.3%
54,640
-28.3%
Honda Brand TTL
58,215
-34.6%
373,214
-20.4%
155,917
-29.7%

EXPORTS

  June Annual Total-2003 Fiscal Year** Total
Units
vs.6/02
Units
vs.'02FY
Units
vs.’02FY
North America
23,100
-1.7%
123,794
-14.1%
63,622
-13.8%
(USA only)
20,314
-1.1%
107,085
-14.5%
54,617
-12.5%
Europe
9,947
+16.0%
65,644
+88.4%
32,354
+59.3%
Asia
1,868
-35.0%
10,603
-37.8%
5,978
-44.9%
Others
6,544
+7.6%
36,103
+17.1%
19,946
+12.5%
Total
41,459
+1.0%
236,144
+4.1%
121,900
-0.6%