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March 28, 2007

Honda Continues Record Monthly Pace for Worldwide and Overseas Auto Production

March 28, 2007 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced its automobile production, domestic sales, and export results for the month of February 2007.

<Production>

Due to increased production for the domestic market and overseas market, domestic production experienced a year-on-year increase for the ninth consecutive month (since June 2006).

Due mainly to increased production in Asia, overseas production experienced a year-on-year increase for the nineteenth consecutive month (since August 2005). Honda achieved a new production record in Europe and Asia and China for the month of February. Honda also set a new monthly record for overseas production for the month of February.

Due to an increase in both domestic and overseas production, worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the nineteenth consecutive month (since Augus 2005). Honda also achieved a new monthly record for the month of February.

<Japan Domestic Sales>

Due to a decrease in new vehicle registrations, total domestic sales experienced a year-on-year decline for the second consecutive month (since January 2007).

Though sales of the all-new Stream and CR-V increased, due mainly to a decrease in sales of Step Wagon and Fit, new vehicle registrations in February experienced a year-on-year decline for the eleventh consecutive month (since April 2006). 

Due mainly to increased sales of the Zest and That's mini-vehicle, sales experienced a year-on-year increase for the fourth consecutive month (since November 2006). 

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s seventh best selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of February, with sales of 7,157 units and ranked as Honda’s best selling car for the month of February. The sales result for Stream was 5,842 units.

<Mini vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s seventh best selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of February, with sales of 6,102 units. The sales result for Zest was 3,853 units.

<Exports from Japan>

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

Production

  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Feb 2007)
Units Vs.2/06 Units Vs.2006
Domestic 115,460 +8.6% 219,621 +6.0%
Overseas (CBU only) 186,437 +3.8% 398,610 +10.2%
Worldwide Total 301,897 +5.6% 618,231 +8.7%

Production by Region

  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Feb 2007)
Units Vs.2/06 Units Vs.2006
North America 110,876 -4.7% 238,119 +2.6%
(USA only) 80,279 -3.5% 170,242 +3.3%
Europe 17,914 +12.2% 36,124 +9.3%
Asia 49,041 +21.6% 109,434 +31.6%
(China only) 25,390 +18.5% 61,030 +43.7%
Others 8,606 +22.9% 14,933 +11.5%
Overseas Total 186,437 +3.8% 398,610 +10.2%

Japan Domestic Sales

Vehicle type February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Feb 2007)
Units Vs.2/06 Units Vs.2006
Registrations 33,808 -3.7% 56,460 -2.9%
Mini Vehicles 16,912 +1.5% 27,405 +1.1%
Honda Brand Total 50,720 -2.0% 83,865 -1.6%

Export from Japan

  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan - Feb 2007)
Units Vs.2/06 Units Vs.2006
North America 30,433 +17.7% 69,007 +31.7%
(USA only) 28,601 +25.5% 65,481 +39.8%
Europe 10,041 -21.5% 24,095 -23.3%
Asia 1,344 -13.9% 3,302 +20.3%
Others 11,048 +82.8% 23,261 +42.7%
Total 52,866 +14.3% 119,665 +16.3%