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CorporateJapanJune 26, 2008

Honda sets All-Time Record for Auto Production in the Month of May for Regions Outside Japan


TOKYO, Japan, June 26, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of May 2008.

<Production>
Production in Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the ninth consecutive month (since September 2007).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 34th consecutive month (since August 2005), setting an all-time record for the month of May. This includes record production for the month of May in Asia and China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since March 2008).

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total domestic sales for the month of May 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the third consecutive month (since March 2008).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive month (since November 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the third consecutive month (since March 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of May 2008, for the seventh consecutive month (since November 2007) with sales of 11,461 units. 

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s seventh best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of May 2008, with sales of 4,912 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in May 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since March 2008).


PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (May 2008)

Worldwide Production
  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Japan
92,358
-12.2%
493,261
-12.0%
  Outside of Japan
224,316
+0.4%
1,171,364
+11.1%
Worldwide Total
316,674
-3.7%
1,664,625
+3.1%


Production Outside of Japan
  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
119,202
-7.5%
625,351
+1.3%
  (USA)
81,380
-10.6%
436,711
-0.7%
  Europe
14,982
-16.7%
104,327
+9.6%
  Asia
75,137
+16.2%
363,550
+23.5%
  (China)
46,321
+29.1%
220,360
+32.6%
  Others
14,995
+25.6%
78,136
+66.0%
Overseas Total
224,316
+0.4%
1,171,364
+11.1%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Registrations
26,897
+5.1%
187,992
+12.5%
  Mini Vehicles
13,057
-20.5%
88,914
-7.4%
Honda Brand Total
39,954
-4.9%
276,906
+5.2%


Export from Japan
  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
31,370
-13.3%
163,403
+0.2%
  (USA)
30,246
-10.3%
156,034
+1.4%
  Europe
9,801
+21.3%
36,119
-29.4%
  Asia
2,182
+23.8%
16,138
+61.1%
  Others
8,764
-33.0%
53,385
-10.9%
Total
52,117
-11.8%
269,045
-5.3%


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