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January 27, 2012

Honda Sets All-Time December Record for Automobile Production in North America, USA and China

January 27, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the calendar year 2011 as well as for the month of December 2011.

Worldwide Production

  Calendar Year 2011
(Jan.-Dec.)
December 2011
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  Japan 710,621   -28.4% 92,663   +10.8%
  Outside of Japan 2,198,395   -17.1% 188,559   -7.6%
  Worldwide Total 2,909,016   -20.2% 281,222   -2.3%

Production Outside of Japan

  Calendar Year 2011
(Jan.-Dec.)
December 2011
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
    North America 1,103,127   -14.3% 104,181 * +18.1%
    (USA) 823,650   -13.7% 75,506 * +8.9%
    Europe 97,459   -30.0% 4,423   -55.9%
    Asia 902,115   -15.6% 75,594   -20.1%
    (China) 646,208   -4.5% 71,685 * +13.0%
    Others 95,694   -38.1% 4,361   -61.0%
    Overseas Total 2,198,395   -17.1% 188,559   -7.6%

*Record high for month of December

Calendar Year of 2011

Production in Japan, production in regions outside of Japan and worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two years (since 2009).

December 2011

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the third consecutive month (since October 2011) despite all-time December record for production in North America, USA and China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since November 2011).

Japan Market Sales

Vehicle type Calendar Year 2011
(Jan.-Dec.)
December 2011
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
  Registrations 378,472   -22.2% 30,937   +6.3%
  Mini-Vehicles 125,018   -22.1% 10,516   -18.0%
  Honda Brand Total 503,490   -22.2% 41,453   -1.1%

Calendar Year of 2011

Total domestic auto sales including new vehicle registrations in calendar year 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in four years (since 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fifth consecutive year (since 2007).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for calendar year 2011 with sales of 207,885 units. Freed was the industry's sixth best-selling car with sales of 67,736 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's sixth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for calendar year 2011, with sales of 67,582 units.

December 2011

Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of December 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since November 2011).

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

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since November 2011).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of December 2011 with sales of 15,252 units. Freed was the industry's third best-selling car with sales of 7,817 units. Step WGN was the industry's eighth best-selling car with sales of 4,346 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry's seventh best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of December 2011 with sales of 4,290 units. N BOX was the industry's tenth best-selling car with sales of 2,860 units.

Exports from Japan

  Calendar Year 2011
(Jan.-Dec.)
December 2011
Units vs.'10 Units vs.'10
    North America 161,553   -19.0% 17,246   -14.5%
    (USA) 156,776   -16.4% 17,127   -12.3%
    Europe 33,988   -18.4% 3,422   +21.4%
    Asia 12,929   -6.3% 695   -19.9%
    Others 26,617   -47.3% 3,350   -4.9%
    Total 235,087   -23.0% 24,713   -9.7%

Calendar Year of 2011

Total exports experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two years (since 2009).

December 2011

Total exports from Japan in December 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since November 2011).