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CorporateJapanApril 23, 2009

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


TOKYO, Japan, April 23, 2009– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic market sales, and export results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 (Fiscal Year 2009), as well as for the month of March 2009. Honda set new all-time fiscal year records for production in Asia and China.

< Production >
Fiscal Year 2009 (fiscal year ended March 31, 2009)

Production in Japan for the Fiscal Year 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive year (since Fiscal Year 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in 12 years (since Fiscal Year 1997), although production in Asia and China set all-time fiscal year records.

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in 12 years (since Fiscal Year 1997).

March 2009
Production in Japan for the month of March 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fifth consecutive month (since November 2008).

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

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

< Japan Domestic Market Sales >
Fiscal Year 2009 (fiscal year ended March 31, 2009)

Total Japan domestic market sales for the Fiscal Year 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the seventh consecutive year (since Fiscal Year 2003).

Although Fit was the industry's best-selling car for the second consecutive year, new vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two years (since Fiscal Year 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive year (since Fiscal Year 2008).

< Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles >
Fit was the industry's best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the Fiscal Year 2009, with sales of 152,185 units. Freed was the industry's sixth best-selling car with 67,983 units.

< Mini-vehicles - under 660cc >
Life was the industry's fifth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the Fiscal Year 2009, with sales of 92,717 units. Zest was the industry's ninth best-selling car among mini-vehicles, with sales of 42,277 units.

March 2009
Total Japan domestic market sales for the month of March 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fifth consecutive month (since November 2008).

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

Sales of mini-vehicles in March experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since March2008).

< Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles >
Fit was the industry's best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of March 2009, with sales of 15,997 units. Freed was the industry's sixth best-selling car with sales of 7,948 units.

< Mini-vehicles - under 660cc >
Life was the industry's fifth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of March 2009, with sales of 11,245 units. Zest was the industry's ninth best-selling car with sales of 6,487 units.

< Exports from Japan >
Fiscal Year 2009 (fiscal year ended March 31, 2009)

Total exports from Japan for the Fiscal Year 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in five years (since Fiscal Year 2004).

March 2009
Total exports from Japan in March 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the sixth consecutive month (since October 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (March 2009)

Worldwide Production
  *Fiscal Year 2009 March Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Mar. 2009)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.08
Units vs.08
  Japan
1,148,361
-11.4%
61,642
-40.3%
193,614
-37.5%
  Outside of Japan
2,425,936
-8.7%
154,131
-36.4%
442,151
-37.7%
Worldwide Total
3,574,297
-9.6%
215,773
-37.6%
635,765
-37.6%


Production Outside of Japan
  *Fiscal Year 2009 March Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Mar. 2009)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.08
Units
vs.08
  North America
1,251,029
-13.2%
67,779
-43.2%
209,579
-44.8%
  (USA)
857,802
-15.8%
45,011
-46.2%
139,523
-48.1%
  Europe
174,535
-29.4%
0
-
11,514
-82.9%
  Asia
828,851
+1.2%
73,469
-15.1%
186,277
-13.7%
  (China)
512,076
+4.2%
48,092
-14.2%
121,759
-4.3%
  Others
171,521
+13.5%
12,883
-15.6%
34,781
-24.2%
Overseas Total
2,425,936
-8.7%
154,131
-36.4%
442,151
-37.7%


Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type *Fiscal Year 2009 March Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Mar. 2009)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.08
Units
vs.08
  Registrations
391,037
-6.1%
45,247
-24.5%
97,420
-25.0%
  Mini-Vehicles
189,109
-15.5%
21,960
-25.7%
49,934
-19.1%
Honda Brand Total
580,146
-9.4%
67,207
-24.9%
147,354
-23.1%


Export from Japan
  *Fiscal Year 2009 March Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Mar. 2009)
Units
vs.FY08
Units
vs.08
Units
vs.08
  North America
295,951
-28.5%
14,117
-53.4%
47,481
-51.8%
  (USA)
271,378
-30.6%
11,959
-58.9%
41,885
-55.6%
  Europe
142,008
+39.7%
5,154
-32.7%
23,476
+29.5%
  Asia
30,148
-16.4%
1,154
-69.5%
3,730
-67.5%
  Others
105,454
-26.8%
2,072
-81.7%
10,090
-69.8%
Total
573,561
-17.6%
22,497
-57.6%
84,777
-47.5%
*April 2008-March 2009


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