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CorporateJapanOctober 27, 2008

Honda Sets All-Time Record for Worldwide Auto Production for the First Half of a Fiscal Year


TOKYO, Japan, October 27, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of September 2008 and the first half of the current fiscal year (April-September 2008), including all-time records for worldwide auto production and production in regions outside of Japan for the first half of a fiscal year.

<Production>
First Half of Current Fiscal Year (April - September 2008)
Production in Japan for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive year (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year increase for the 12th consecutive year (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998), setting an all-time record for the first half of a fiscal year. This includes record production for the first half of a fiscal year in North America, Asia, and China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the fifth consecutive year (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005), setting an all-time record for the first half of a fiscal year.

September 2008
Production in Japan for the month of September 2008 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two months (since July 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two months (since July 2008), setting an all-time record for the month of September. This includes record production for the month of September in North America, the U.S., Asia, and China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two months (since July 2008), setting an all-time record for the month of September.

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
First Half of Current Fiscal Year (April - September 2008)

Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in three years (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006).

New vehicle registrations for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in three years (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006).

Sales of mini-vehicles for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive year (since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the first half of the current fiscal year, with sales of 85,430 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s fifth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the first half of the current fiscal year with sales of 39,298 units.

September 2008
Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of September 2008, experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in three months (since June 2008).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the 11th consecutive month (since November 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the seventh 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 September 2008, with sales of 16,350 units. Freed was the industry’s fourth best-selling car with sales of 8,679 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s fourth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of September 2008, with sales of 8,436 units.

<Exports from Japan>
First Half of Current Fiscal Year (April - September 2008)
Total exports from Japan for the first half of the current fiscal year experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in five years (since fiscal year ended March 31, 2004).

September 2008
Total exports from Japan in September 2008, experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in five months (since April 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production
  *1st Half Fiscal Year
ending March 31, 2009
September 2008 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Sep. 2008)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.07
Units vs.07
  Japan
605,934
-4.9%
118,631
+5.9%
915,574
-6.8%
  Outside of Japan
1,360,844
+6.8%
241,822
+11.5%
2,070,064
+8.7%
Worldwide Total
1,966,778
+2.9%
360,453
+9.6%
2,985,638
+3.4%


Production Outside of Japan
  *1st Half Fiscal Year
ending March 31, 2009
September 2008 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Sep. 2008)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
715,848
+1.8%
121,433
+12.6%
1,095,828
+1.9%
  (USA)
493,207
-1.1%
83,781
+9.9%
762,100
-0.2%
  Europe
110,287
-2.5%
21,335
-1.4%
177,689
+3.9%
  Asia
439,295
+11.9%
80,130
+6.1%
655,258
+15.4%
  (China)
267,393
+16.9%
50,580
+6.6%
394,647
+20.4%
  Others
95,414
+47.6%
18,924
+59.5%
141,289
+56.5%
Overseas Total
1,360,844
+6.8%
241,822
+11.5%
2,070,064
+8.7%


Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type *1st Half Fiscal Year
ending March 31, 2009
September 2008 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Sep. 2008)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Registrations
203,257
+11.9%
41,923
+12.5%
333,211
+13.6%
  Mini Vehicles
88,923
-19.4%
17,212
-26.2%
150,676
-12.5%
Honda Brand Total
292,180
+0.1%
59,135
-2.4%
483,887
+4.0%


Export from Japan
  *1st Half Fiscal Year
ending March 31, 2009
September 2008 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Sep. 2008)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
168,339
-18.3%
28,146
-22.7%
266,844
-12.5%
  (USA)
157,030
-18.9%
25,277
-24.3%
251,288
-12.5%
  Europe
72,189
+28.5%
14,241
+34.8%
90,320
-1.0%
  Asia
19,062
+26.6%
3,397
+53.6%
30,531
+52.4%
  Others
61,104
-14.1%
13,931
+48.5%
94,523
-10.1%
Total
320,694
-7.9%
59,715
+2.0%
482,218
-7.5%
*April 2008-September 2008


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