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CorporateJapanNovember 27, 2006
Honda Achieves Record Monthly Worldwide, Domestic and Overseas Auto Production

TOKYO, Japan, November 27, 2006–Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced its automobile production, domestic sales, and export results for the month of October 2006.

<Production>
For the fifteenth consecutive month since August 2005, worldwide production increased in October over the same month a year ago. Honda achieved a new monthly record for the month of October.

Mainly due to an increase in production for overseas market, it is the fifth consecutive month since June 2006 for a year on year increase in Japan domestic production. Honda achieved a new monthly record for the month of October.

Due to production increases in North America and in Asia, overseas production increased compared to the same month a year ago for the fifteenth consecutive month since August 2005. Honda achieved a new monthly record for overseas production for the month of October, including record production in North America and in Asia.

<Japan Domestic Sales>
Total domestic sales decreased compared to the same month a year ago for the first time in the last two months since August 2006.

Due to decreased sales of Air Wave and Step Wagon, it is the seventh consecutive month, since April 2006 that new vehicle registrations declined compared with sales in October 2005.

Mainly due to a decrease in sales of Life, mini-vehicle sales decreased compared to the same month a year ago for the first time in the last eight months since February 2006.  

<Vehicle registrations ~ excluding mini vehicles>
Stream was the industry’s fourth best selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of October, with sales of 6,993 units, it was Honda’s best selling car for the month of October. Fit ranked as the industry’s fifth best selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of October, with sales of 6,723 units.

<Mini vehicles ~ under 660cc>
Life ranked as the industry’s sixth best selling vehicle among mini vehicles, with sales of 6,146 units. Zest was the industry’s tenth best selling vehicle among mini vehicles for the month of October, with sales of 4,776 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Primarily due to increase in exports to North America, total exports increased over the same month a year ago for the fifth consecutive month since June 2006.

Production
  October Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Oct 2006)
Units
Vs.10/05
Units
Vs.2005
Domestic (CBU + CKD)
122,814
+23.7%
1,089,954
+3.8%
Overseas (CBU only)
200,259
+11.6%
1,931,911
+7.6%
Worldwide Total
323,073
+15.9%
3,021,865
+6.2%


Production by Region
  October Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Oct 2006)
Units
Vs.10/05
Units
Vs.2005
North America
122,681
+3.9%
1,172,221
+3.6%
(USA only)
87,563
+2.7%
825,429
+4.5%
Europe
13,837
-3.7%
157,039
+0.3%
Asia
54,925
+35.5%
523,531
+18.1%
(China only)
33,163
+68.2%
286,459
+31.6%
Others
8,816
+36.6%
79,120
+22.5%
Overseas Total
200,259
+11.6%
1,931,911
+7.6%


Japan Domestic Sales
Vehicle type October Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Oct 2006)
Units
Vs.10/05
Units
Vs.2005
Registrations
32,386
-8.7%
350,641
-11.3%
Mini Vehicles
18,051
-1.5%
230,566
+10.4%
Honda Brand Total
50,437
-6.2%
581,207
-3.8%


Export from Japan
  October Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Oct 2006)
Units
Vs.10/05
Units
Vs.2005
North America
35,741
+107.9%
292,648
+38.0%
(USA only)
34,072
+125.4%
263,981
+40.2%
Europe
9,866
-4.0%
107,458
-6.7%
Asia
1,204
-19.6%
14,986
+4.4%
Others
10,674
+2.1%
97,839
+6.9%
Total
57,485
+45.8%
512,931
+18.4%


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