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CorporateJapanSeptember 25, 2008

Honda Sets All-Time August Record for Auto Production in Asia and China


TOKYO, Japan, September 25, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of August 2008, including an all-time record for production in Asia and China for the month of August.

<Production>
Production in Japan for the month of August 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since June 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since June 2008), although production in Asia and China achieved an all-time record for the month of August.

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

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of August 2008 experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since July 2008) due to strong sales of Fit and Freed.

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

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the sixth 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 August 2008, and for the tenth consecutive month (since November 2007) with sales of 11,770 units. Freed was the industry's fourth best-selling car with sales of 5,931 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's fifth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of August 2008, with sales of 5,707 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in August 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since May 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production
  August Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Japan
86,264
-10.5%
796,943
-8.4%
  Outside of Japan
209,277
-2.3%
1,828,246
+8.4%
Worldwide Total
295,541
-4.8%
2,625,189
+2.6%


Production Outside of Japan
  August Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
118,064
-7.0%
974,399
+0.7%
  (USA)
81,607
-10.2%
678,323
-1.4%
  Europe
13,206
-5.0%
156,354
+4.6%
  Asia
63,070
+2.9%
575,128
+16.8%
  (China)
35,590
+3.0%
344,067
+22.7%
  Others
14,937
+24.0%
122,365
+56.1%
Overseas Total
209,277
-2.3%
1,828,246
+8.4%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type August Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Registrations
27,443
+16.0%
291,288
+13.8%
  Mini Vehicles
11,631
-11.4%
133,464
-10.3%
Honda Brand Total
39,074
+6.2%
424,752
+4.9%


Export from Japan
  August Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
23,354
-42.6%
238,698
-11.1%
  (USA)
20,102
-47.3%
226,011
-10.9%
  Europe
11,813
+17.1%
76,079
-5.7%
  Asia
2,567
+1.5%
27,134
+52.2%
  Others
7,304
-22.8%
80,592
-15.8%
Total
45,038
-28.2%
422,503
-8.7%


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