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February 24, 2012

Honda Sets All-Time Monthly Records for Automobile Production in North America and USA

February 24, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of January 2012.

Worldwide Production

  January 2012
Units vs.'11
  Japan 98,473 +42.4%
  Outside of Japan 218,453 -3.9%
Worldwide Total 316,926 +6.9%

Production Outside of Japan

  January 2012
Units vs.'11
  North America 149,746* +33.8%
  (USA) 108,222* +31.5%
  Europe 13,479 +21.1%
  Asia 47,912 -50.3%
  (China) 43,319 -31.0%
  Others 7,316 -8.9%
Outside of Japan Total 218,453 -3.9%

*Record high for any month

Production in Japan for the month of January 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since December 2011).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since October 2011) despite all-time monthly records for production in North America and USA.

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

Sales in the Japanese Market

Vehicle type January 2012
Units vs.'11
  Registrations 44,261 +59.2%
  Mini-Vehicles 19,779 +85.5%
Honda Brand Total 64,040 +66.5%

Honda’s automobile sales in the Japanese market for the month of January 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in three months (since October 2011).

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

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of January 2012 with sales of 21,449 units. Freed wasthe industry’s third best-selling car with sales of 14,042 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
N BOX was the industry’s sixth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of January 2012 with sales of 9,933 units. Life was the industry’s tenth best-selling car with sales of 4,508 units.

Exports from Japan

  January 2012
Units vs.'11
  North America 16,551 +32.9%
  (USA) 16,532 +41.8%
  Europe 2,361 -6.4%
  Asia 4,733 +137.0%
  Others 5,777 +96.5%
Total 29,422 +47.8%

Total exports from Japan in January 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in three months (since October 2011).

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