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Japan
June 29, 2005

Domestic Sales & Production on Rise; Worldwide Production Sets May Record

OVERSEAS PRODUCTION

  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - May 2005)
Units
Vs.5/04
Units
Vs.2004
North America
113,811
+14.4%
569,130
+9.2%
(USA only)
77,886
+20.1%
391,352
+14.2%
Europe
15,570
-0.7%
81,350
-4.2%
Asia
45,071
+25.9%
202,395
+25.9%
Others
7,628
+17.2%
32,456
+10.4%
Overseas Total
182,080
+15.6%
885,331
+11.2%
  • Domestic production in May increased 11.8% compared to the same month a year ago due
    to strong domestic sales and exports. It is the seventh consecutive month that domestic
    production exceeded the monthly total from a year ago. Overseas production increased
    15.6% compared to the same month a year ago, exceeding the total from the previous year
    for the 16th consecutive month. Production in Asia remains strong, increasing 25.9% in May
    compared to a year ago, while production in the U.S. also increased 20.1% compared to last
    year. With the continued increase in domestic production and the Asia and North America
    regions setting all-time May production records, Honda established a new record for
    overseas and worldwide production for the month.

SALES (JAPAN)

Vehicle type May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - May 2005)
Units
Vs.5/04
Units
Vs.2004
Passenger Cars & Light Trucks
33,237
+1.5%
185,709
-7.3%
(Imports)
454
-37.0%
2,635
-40.3%
Mini Vehicles
21,391
+23.5%
110,275
-1.4%
Honda Brand Total
54,628
+9.1%
295,984
-5.2%
  • Total domestic sales for the month of May increased 9.1% compared to the same month a
    year ago, due mainly to strong sales of mini-vehicles including the Life and That’s models.
    Sales of mini-vehicles increased 23.5% compared to the same month last year. Life was
    Honda’s best-selling car for the month on sales of 13,009 units. The Fit and Step WGN, with
    sales of 8,775 and 5,983 units, respectively, were Honda’s second and third best-selling
    models. Honda’s all-new Airwave compact station wagon introduced in April was the fourth
    best selling model in May with sales of 4,671 units.

EXPORTS

  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - May 2005)
Units
Vs.5/04
Units
Vs.2004
North America
22,763
+24.9%
115,227
+16.4%
(USA only)
19,598
+12.4%
102,240
+13.5%
Europe
14,732
+15.0%
64,828
+9.6%
Asia
1,401
-26.6%
7,561
+28.0%
Others
9,481
+1.3%
45,939
+17.1%
Total
48,377
+14.3%
233,555
+14.9%
  • Total exports in May increased 14.3% compared to the same month a year ago, exceeding
    the previous year’s record for the ninth consecutive month. Continued strong sales of the
    Jazz in Europe (Fit in Japan) as well as the Accord Hybrid and Acura RL in North America
    contributed to the overall increase in exports.