|Honda Sets All-Time Monthly Production Record in Asia|
|TOKYO, Japan, August 26, 2005– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced production, Japanese domestic sales, and export results for the month of July 2005.
Domestic production in July declined 12.3% compared to the same month a year ago when a minor model change for the Fit led to an overall boost in domestic production last year. Overseas production for the month of July was down by 0.5% compared to the same month a year ago due to a reduced number of operating days for factories in North America because of holidays calendar change and decline in Europe. However, the overall decline remained small due to strong production in Asia, especially in China, where production increased 18.7% to set an all-time monthly record for the region.
Total domestic sales in July declined 15.1% compared to the same month a year ago. Step WGN was Honda’s best-selling car for the month and the industry’s third best-selling model in July on sales of 12,218 units. The Fit and Life, with sales of 8,937 and 8,008 units, respectively, were Honda’s second and third best-selling models. Sales of Honda’s all-new Airwave compact station wagon, introduced in April, continues to be strong, ranking as Honda’s fourth best selling model in July with 6,479 units. Despite strong sales of newly introduced models including the all-new Step WGN and Airwave, overall sales decreased compared to the same month a year ago when a double-digit increase was achieved with new models including Fit, which underwent a minor model change last year.
Total exports in July increased 7.5% compared to the same month a year ago, exceeding the monthly total from the previous year for the 11th consecutive month. Exports to the U.S. increased due to strong sales of the Acura RSX, Honda CR-V and Accord Hybrid.
PRODUCTION, SALES, EXPORTS (July 2005)