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CorporateJapanDecember 24, 2008

Honda Announces Monthly Production, Sales, and Export Results


TOKYO, Japan, December 24, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic market sales, and export results for the month of November 2008.

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since October 2008).

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

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of November 2008, experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2008).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in 13 months (since October 2007).

Due mainly to strong sales of the all-new Life , sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in nine months (since February 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of November 2008, with sales of 10,386 units. Freed was the industry's fourth best-selling car with sales of 7,032 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's fourth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of November 2008, with sales of 10,702 units. Zest was the industry's ninth best-selling car with sales of 3,103 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in November 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since October 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production
  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Japan
114,565
-3.9%
1,156,273
-5.4%
  Outside of Japan
211,611
-12.8%
2,523,786
+5.6%
Worldwide Total
326,176
-9.9%
3,680,059
+1.9%


Production Outside of Japan
  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
103,744
-19.2%
1,334,836
-0.2%
  (USA)
67,046
-24.3%
924,790
-2.5%
  Europe
19,194
-20.4%
218,523
-1.3%
  Asia
73,783
-2.7%
799,317
+12.4%
  (China)
43,673
-13.8%
480,652
+14.7%
  Others
14,890
+3.5%
171,110
+43.5%
Overseas Total
211,611
-12.8%
2,523,786
+5.6%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  Registrations
29,444
-21.6%
396,073
+9.7%
  Mini Vehicles
19,685
+9.1%
182,667
-10.7%
Honda Brand Total
49,129
-11.7%
578,740
+2.3%


Export from Japan
  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2008)
Units
vs.07
Units
vs.07
  North America
21,525
-26.5%
318,018
-14.9%
  (USA)
19,164
-30.6%
296,536
-15.7%
  Europe
16,508
+27.6%
125,378
+12.8%
  Asia
2,076
-41.8%
36,216
+35.4%
  Others
12,640
-6.5%
118,803
-10.3%
Total
52,749
-11.1%
598,415
-7.1%


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