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December 22, 2009

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

December 22, 2009 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of November 2009.

<Production>

Production in Japan for the month of November 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the 13th consecutive month (since November 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in 14 months (since September 2008), including record production in Asia and China for the month of November.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the 13th consecutive month (since November 2008).

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>

Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of November 2009, experienced a year-on-year increase for the fifth consecutive month (since July 2009).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighth consecutive month (since April 2009).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the 12th 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 November 2009, with sales of 17,178 units. Insight was the industry's fifth best-selling car with sales of 9,413 units.Freed was the industry's seventh best-selling car with sales of 9,239 units. Step WGN was the industry's tenth best-selling car with sales of 7,501 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's seventh best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of November 2009, with sales of 5,943 units.

<Exports from Japan>

Total exports from Japan in November 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the 14th consecutive month (since October 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Japan 85,479 -25.4% 754,607 -34.7%
Outside of Japan 215,778 +2.0% 1,971,253 -21.9%
Worldwide Total 301,257 -7.6% 2,725,860 -25.9%

Production Outside of Japan

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 100,204 -3.4% 940,735 -29.5%
(USA) 70,253 +4.8% 657,778 -28.9%
Europe 11,336 -40.9% 66,664 -69.5%
Asia 90,363 +22.4% 820,218 +2.6%
(China) 60,330 +38.0% 540,985 +12.5%
 Others 13,875 -6.8% 143,636 -16.1%
Overseas Total 215,778 +2.0% 1,971,253 -21.9%

Japan Domestic Market Sales

Vehicle Type November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
Registrations 51,784 +75.9% 414,076 +4.5%
Mini-Vehicles 13,749 -30.2% 146,684 -19.7%
Honda Brand Total 65,533 +33.4% 560,760 -3.1%

Exports from Japan

  November Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Nov. 2009)
Units vs.'08 Units vs.'08
North America 7,307 -66.1% 137,021 -56.9%
(USA) 6,493 -66.1% 127,638 -57.0%
Europe 2,400 -85.5% 58,666 -53.2%
Asia 1,228 -40.8% 11,038 -69.5%
Others 4,032 -68.1% 30,432 -74.4%
Total 14,967 -71.6% 237,157 -60.4%