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December 26, 2007

Honda Sets Record for Worldwide Production for the month of November and All-Time Monthly Production Record for Regions Outside Japan

December 26, 2007 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of November 2007, including a record for worldwide production for the month of November and an all-time record for any month for production in regions outside of Japan.

<Production>

Due to a decrease in production for the domestic market, production in Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the third consecutive month (since September 2007).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 28th consecutive month (since August 2005). 

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year increase for the 28th consecutive month (since August 2005). 

Honda set an all-time record for any month for production in regions outside of Japan as well as production in Asia Oceania and China. Worldwide production, as well as production in North America and Europe, marked an all-time record for the month of November.

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>

Total domestic sales for the month of November experienced a year-on-year decline for the 11th consecutive month (since January 2007).

Due to strong sales of the all-new Fit, new vehicle registrations in November experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in seven months (since April 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles in November experienced a year-on-year decline for the ninth consecutive month (since March 2007). 

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry‚Äôs best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of November, with sales of 18,138 units. StepWGN had sales of 5,036 units. 

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc> 
Life was the industry's fourth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of November, with sales of 7,767 units. Zest was the industry's tenth best-selling mini-vehicle with sales of 2,971 units.


<Exports from Japan>
Due mainly to an increase in exports to North America and Asia, total exports from Japan in November experienced a year-on-year increase for the fifth consecutive month (since July 2007).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (November 2007)

Worldwide Production

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2007)
Units vs'06 Units vs'06
Japan 119,269 -5.7% 1,222,111 +0.5%
Outside of Japan 243,777 +20.5% 2,390,750 +12.0%
Worldwide Total 363,046 +10.4% 3,612,861 +7.8%

Production Outside of Japan

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2007)
Units vs'06 Units vs'06
North America 128,364 +7.5% 1,337,754 +3.6%
(USA) 88,536 +8.8% 948,314 +4.6%
Europe 24,128 +58.7% 221,338 +28.5%
Asia 77,021 +30.3% 712,569 +22.3%
(China) 51,869 +48.0% 420,610 +30.8%
Others 14,264 +65.7% 119,089 +35.7%
Overseas Total 243,777 +20.5% 2,390,750 +12.0%

Japan Domestic Market Sales

Vehicle type November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2007)
Units vs'06 Units vs'06
Registrations 37,571 -15.8% 361,203 -5.7%
Mini - Vehicles 18,039 -29.1% 204,525 -20.1%
Honda Brand Total 55,610 -3.9% 565,728 -11.5%

Export from Japan

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2007)
Units vs'06 Units vs'06
North America 29,281 +9.9% 373,725 +17.0%
(USA) 27,628 +10.2% 351,796 +21.7%
Europe 12,942 -3.6% 111,143 -8.1%
Asia 3,565 +42.8% 26,756 +53.0%
Others 13,522 +15.8% 132,504 +21.0%
Total 59,310 +9.3% 644,128 +13.6%