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February 27, 2007

Honda Sets New Monthly Records for Worldwide and Overseas Auto Production

February 27, 2007 Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced its automobile production, domestic sales, and export results for the month of January 2007.

<Production>

Due to an increase in both domestic and overseas production, worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighteenth consecutive month since August 2005. Honda also achieved a new monthly record for the month of January. 

Due to increased production for the domestic market, domestic production experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighth consecutive month since June 2006. 

Due mainly to increased production both in North America and Asia, overseas production experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighteenth consecutive month since August 2005. Honda also set a new monthly record for the month of January. 

Honda also achieved a new all-time monthly record for production in Asia, and new records in North America and China for the month of January.

<Japan Domestic Sales>

Total Japan domestic sales experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in the last three months since October 2006. 

Due to a decrease in sales of Step Wagon, new vehicle registrations in January experienced a year-on-year decline for the tenth consecutive month since April 2006. 

Due mainly to increased sales of Zest, mini-vehicle sales experienced a year-on-year increase for the third consecutive month since November 2006.

<Exports from Japan>

Due mainly to increased exports to North America, total exports experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighth consecutive month since June 2006.

Production

  January
Units Vs.1/06
Domestic 104,161 +3.3%
Overseas (CBU only) 212,173 +16.6%
Worldwide Total 316,334 +11.9%

Production by Region

  January
Units Vs.1/06
North America 127,243 +10.0%
(USA only) 89,963 +10.1%
Europe 18,210 +6.6%
Asia 60,393 +41.0%
(China only) 35,640 +69.3%
Others 6,327 -1.1%
Overseas Total 212,173 +16.6%

Japan Domestic Sales

Vehicle type January
Units Vs.1/06
Registrations 22,652 -1.6%
Mini Vehicles 10,493 +0.4%
Honda Brand Total 33,145 -1.0%

Export from Japan

  January
Units Vs.1/06
North America 38,574 +45.3%
(USA only) 36,880 +53.4%
Europe 14,054 -24.5%
Asia 1,958 +65.4%
Others 12,213 +19.0%
Total 66,799 +18.0%