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June 25, 2009

Production, Sales and Export Results in May, 2009

June 25, 2009 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of May 2009.

<Production>

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

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

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

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>

Total domestic sales for the month of May 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since March 2009).

Due to strong sales of Insight and Fit, new vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since April 2009).

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of May 2009, with sales of 8,859 units. Insight was the industry's third best-selling car with sales of 8,183 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's sixth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of May 2009, with sales of 4,633 units. Zest was the industry's tenth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of May 2009, with sales of 2,176 units.

<Exports from Japan>

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

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (May 2009)

Worldwide Production

  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Japan 52,663 -43.0% 303,343 -38.5%
Outside of Japan 142,422 -36.5% 758,906 -35.2%
Worldwide Total 195,085 -38.4% 1,062,249 -36.2%

Production Outside of Japan

  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 65,748 -44.8% 371,510 -40.6%
(USA) 45,382 -44.2% 252,135 -42.3%
Europe 0 - 11,514 -89.0%
Asia 65,299 -13.1% 318,801 -12.3%
(China) 44,352 -4.3% 211,855 -3.9%
Others 11,375 -24.1% 57,081 -26.9%
Overseas Total 142,422 -36.5% 758,906 -35.2%

Japan Domestic Market Sales

Vehicle type May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Registrations 28,112 +4.5% 157,905 -16.0%
Mini Vehicles 9,413 -27.9% 73,034 -17.9%
Honda Brand Total 37,525 -6.1% 230,939 -16.6%

Exports from Japan

  May Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 10,898 -65.3% 66,204 -59.5%
(USA) 10,461 -65.4% 59,083 -62.1%
Europe 5,086 -48.1% 34,569 -4.3%
Asia 703 -67.8% 4,997 -69.0%
Others 1,469 -83.2% 13,581 -74.6%
Total 18,156 -65.2% 119,351 -55.6%