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March 29, 2012

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

March 29, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of February 2012.

Worldwide Production

  February 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Japan 115,920 +64.8% 214,393 +53.7%
  Outside of Japan 250,801* +20.0% 469,282 +7.5%
Worldwide Total 366,721* +31.3% 683,675 +18.7%

* Record high for month of February

Production Outside of Japan

  February 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 151,818*1 +38.8% 301,564 +36.3%
  (USA) 112,791*1 +38.0% 221,013 +34.8%
  Europe 13,661 +23.3% 27,140 +22.2%
  Asia 72,917 -2.7% 120,857 -29.4%
  (China) 58,927*2 +30.9% 102,246 -5.1%
  Others 12,405 -9.0% 19,721 -9.0%
Overseas Total 250,801*2 +20.0% 469,282 +7.5%

*1 Record high for any month
*2 Record high for month of February

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in five months (since September 2011), setting record production for the month of February. This includes all-time monthly records for production in North America and USA, and also includes record production in China for the month of February.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2012), setting record production for the month of February.

Sales in the Japanese Market

Vehicle type February 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Registrations 50,430 +46.7% 94,691 +52.3%
  Mini-Vehicles 26,715 +86.1% 46,494 +85.9%
Honda Brand Total 77,145 +58.3% 141,185 +61.9%

Honda's automobile sales in the Japanese market for the month of February 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2012).

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

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2012).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of February 2012 with sales of 24,973 units. Freed was the industry's fourth best-selling car with sales of 13,293 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
N BOX was the industry's third best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of February 2012 with sales of 15,322 units. Life was the industry's ninth best-selling car with sales of 6,206 units.

Exports from Japan

  February 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 21,884 +21.9% 38,435 +26.4%
  (USA) 21,183 +20.5% 37,715 +29.0%
  Europe 2,823 -36.5% 5,184 -25.6%
  Asia 3,883 +54.5% 8,616 +91.0%
  Others 4,429 +15.5% 10,206 +50.6%
Total 33,019 +14.8% 62,441 +28.3%

Total exports from Japan in February 2012 experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2012).

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