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CorporateJapanMarch 24, 2009

Honda Sets All-Time February Record for Auto Production in China


TOKYO, Japan, March 24, 2009– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of February 2009.

<Production>
Production in Japan for the month of February 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since November 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fifth consecutive month (since October 2008), although production in China set all-time record for the month of February.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since November 2008).

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total domestic sales for the month of February 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since November 2008).

New vehicle registrations in February experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since November 2008).

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of February 2009, with sales of 9,551 units. Freed was the industry's eighth best-selling car with sales of 5,147 units. All-new Insight was the industry's tenth best-selling car with sales of 4,906 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's fifth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of February 2009, with sales of 8,615 units. Zest was the industry's ninth best-selling car with sales of 4,218 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in February 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fifth consecutive month (since October 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  Japan
54,748
-48.4%
131,972
-36.1%
  Outside of Japan
135,932
-40.0%
288,020
-38.3%
Worldwide Total
190,680
-42.7%
419,992
-37.6%


Production Outside of Japan
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  North America
68,776
-45.6%
141,800
-45.6%
  (USA)
47,266
-47.7%
94,512
-49.0%
  Europe
0
-
11,514
-75.1%
  Asia
55,733
-9.3%
112,808
-12.8%
  (China)
34,936
+5.7%
73,667
+3.4%
  Others
11,423
-26.8%
21,898
-28.5%
Overseas Total
135,932
-40.0%
288,020
-38.3%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  Registrations
30,091
-21.1%
52,173
-25.5%
  Mini Vehicles
15,896
-18.4%
27,974
-13.1%
Honda Brand Total
45,987
-20.2%
80,147
-21.6%


Export from Japan
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  North America
19,128
-41.6%
33,364
-51.1%
  (USA)
17,195
-45.0%
29,926
-54.1%
  Europe
6,955
+124.7%
18,322
+74.9%
  Asia
1,027
-74.6%
2,576
-66.5%
  Others
2,236
-69.4%
8,018
-63.7%
Total
29,346
-37.8%
62,280
-42.6%


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