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May 28, 2009

Production, Sales and Export Results in April, 2009

May 28, 2009 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of April 2009.

<Production>

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

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

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

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>

Total domestic sales for the month of April 2009 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in six months (since October 2008).

Due to strong sales of Insight and Fit, new vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in six months (since October 2008).

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Insight was the industry's best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of April 2009, with sales of 10,481 units. Fit was the industry's second best-selling car with 9,443 units. Freed was the industry's seventh best-selling car with 4,591 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's fifth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of April 2009, with sales of 6,902 units. Zest was the industry's seventh best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of April 2009, with sales of 3,598 units.

<Exports from Japan>

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

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (April 2009)

Worldwide Production

  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Japan 57,066 -37.5% 250,680 -37.5%
Outside of Japan 174,333 -26.7% 616,484 -34.9%
Worldwide Total 231,399 -29.7% 867,164 -35.7%

Production Outside of Japan

  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 96,183 -23.8% 305,762 -39.6%
(USA) 67,230 -22.2% 206,753 -41.8%
Europe 0 - 11,514 -87.1%
Asia 67,225 -7.2% 253,502 -12.1%
(China) 45,744 -2.2% 167,503 -3.8%
Others 10,925 -36.7% 45,706 -27.6%
Overseas Total 174,333 -26.7% 616,484 -34.9%

Japan Domestic Market Sales

Vehicle type April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Registrations 32,373 +4.0% 129,793 -19.4%
Mini Vehicles 13,687 -3.0% 63,621 -16.1%
Honda Brand Total 46,060 +1.8% 193,414 -18.4%

Exports from Japan

  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 7,825 -76.7% 55,306 -58.1%
(USA) 6,737 -78.6% 48,622 -61.3%
Europe 6,007 -26.6% 29,483 +12.0%
Asia 564 -77.3% 4,294 -69.2%
Others 2,022 -81.9% 12,112 -72.9%
Total 16,418 -70.4% 101,195 -53.4%