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November 28, 2011

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

November 28, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of October 2011.

Worldwide Production

  October 2011 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan.-Oct. 2011)
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  Japan 95,051 +18.3% 563,555 -31.4%
  Outside of Japan 221,407 -1.6% 1,842,262 -16.9%
Worldwide Total 316,458 +3.6% 2,405,817 -20.8%

Production Outside of Japan

  October 2011 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan.-Oct. 2011)
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  North America 125,331 +12.9% 914,134 -16.2%
  (USA) 91,863 +9.1% 690,104 -14.2%
  Europe 14,131 +13.8% 88,411 -23.8%
  Asia 74,037 -15.6% 753,387 -14.3%
  (China) 57,382* +3.4% 508,192 -7.8%
  Others 7,908 -42.8% 86,330 -33.6%
Overseas Total 221,407 -1.6% 1,842,262 -16.9%

* Record high for month of October

Production in Japan for the month of October 2011 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in 11 months (since November 2010).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since August 2011). This includes record production in China for the month of October.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in nine months (since January 2011).

Japan Domestic Market Sales

Vehicle type October 2011 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan.-Oct. 2011)
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  Registrations 36,347 +19.5% 314,762 -26.0%
  Mini-Vehicles 10,307 +40.7% 106,350 -23.2%
Honda Brand Total 46,654 +23.6% 421,112 -25.3%

Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of October 2011 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in 14 months (since August 2010).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since September 2011).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in eight months (since February 2011).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of October 2011 with sales of 22,352 units. Step WGN was the industry’s seventh best-selling car with sales of 5,191 units. Freed wasthe industry’s tenth best-selling car with sales of 4,764 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s sixth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of October 2011 with sales of 5,771 units.

Export from Japan

  October 2011 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan.-Oct. 2011)
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  North America 25,737 +68.1% 129,841 -20.0%
  (USA) 25,415 +68.1% 125,741 -17.3%
  Europe 3,190 +6.3% 28,036 -22.0%
  Asia 803 -8.6% 11,762 -1.9%
  Others 2,259 -35.0% 21,533 -48.9%
Total 31,989 +41.2% 191,172 -24.3%

Total exports from Japan in October 2011 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in 8 months (since February 2011).

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