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CorporateJapanAugust 27, 2003
Honda's Cumulative Worldwide Automobile Production Reaches 50 Million Units

Tokyo, August 27, 2003 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that as of August 2003, its cumulative worldwide production of automobiles had reached 50 million units.

In 1963, Honda started automobile production with the T360 mini truck and the S500 small sports car. Production volume increased through the subsequent introduction of such vehicles as the N360 (in 1967), Civic (in 1972), and Accord (in 1976). After a period of twenty years, in 1983, cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 10 million units. Automobile production in the U.S. began in 1982 and quickly expanding in scale, greatly contributing to Honda's production totals.

Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reached 20 million units in 1990 and 30 million units in 1995. As production in Asia and other areas expanded, cumulative production of automobiles reached 40 million units in 1999 and 50 million units in August 2003.

Based on its fundamental policy of manufacturing where there is demand, Honda has actively engaged in overseas production. Starting with knockdown production of mini vehicles (N600 and TN 600) in Taiwan in 1969, Honda began automobile production (Accord) in the U.S.A. in 1982, as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to do so. Production sites expanded to various locations worldwide and Honda is currently producing automobiles at a total of 19 sites in 15 countries.

Of the 50 million units, approximately 33.8 million units were produced in Japan and 12.6 million in North America. The Civic series comprisesapproximately 15 million units and the Accord series approximately 13 million units.



Honda's worldwide automobile production facilities
(*1)Year when production of complete vehicles commenced
As of August 2003
Country Facility (*1)
Production start-up
Major production model
Japan Saitama Factory 1963 Accord, CR-V, Odyssey (*2), Step Wgn
Suzuka Factory 1967 Civic, Fit, mini vehicles
Tochigi Factory 1990 NSX, S2000, Insight
Yokkaichi Factory, Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd. 1985 Mini vehicles
U. S. A Honda of America Mfg., Inc. 1982 Accord, Civic, Element
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC 2001 Odyssey
Canada Honda Canada Inc. 1986 Civic, MDX, Pilot
Mexico Honda de Mexico S. A. de C. V. 1995 Accord
Brazil Honda Automoveis do Brazil, Ltda. 1997 Civic, Fit
U. K. Honda of the U. K, Mfg., Ltd. 1992 Civic, CR-V
Turkey Honda Turkiye A. S. 1997 Civic
Thailand Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. *1984 Accord, Civic, CR-V
Malaysia Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd. *1969 Accord, Civic, CR-V, City
Indonesia P. T. Honda Prospect Motor *1975 Civic, CR-V, Stream
Philippine Honda Cars Philippines Inc. 1992 Civic, CR-V
India Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. 1997 Accord, City
Pakistan Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Ltd. 1994 Civic, City
China Guangzhou Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. 1999 Accord, Odyssey (*2)
Taiwan Honda Taiwan Co., Ltd. *1969 CR-V
(*2) Japan specification Odyssey

Major events in the progress of Honda's automobile production towards the 50 million-unit mark

1948 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. established
1963 Production of the "T360" mini truck and the "S500" small sports car started
1965 Export of automobiles (S600) started
1967 N360 released
1969 Knockdown production of N600 and TN600 started in Taiwan.
(Honda's first overseas production)
Production of N360 started in Malaysia
1972 Civic released
1975 Production of "TN " mini truck, Life, and Civic started in Indonesia
1976 Accord released
1978 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 5 million units
1982 Production of Accord started in U.S.A.
1983 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 10 million units
1984 Production of Accord started in Thailand
1986 Production of Accord started in Canada
1990 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 20 million units
Midship sports car, the NSX, released
1992 Local production of Accord started in U.K.
1994 Local production of Civic started in Pakistan
1995 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 30 million units
Production of Accord started in Mexico
CR-V released
1997 Production of Civic started in Brazil
Production of City started in India
Production of Civic started in Turkey
1999 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 40 million units
Production of Accord started in China
Open sports car, Honda S2000, released
2001 Cumulative production of automobiles manufactured in North America
reaches 10 million units
Fit (Jazz) released
2003 Cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 50 million units


T360 S500
T360 in 1963 S500 in 1963
N360
N360 in 1967
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