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June 28, 2012

Honda Sets All-Time Monthly Record for Automobile Production Outside of Japan

June 28, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of May 2012.

Worldwide Production

  May 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Japan 74,043 +113.1% 495,196 +121.9%
  Outside of Japan 283,576* +176.0% 1,297,856 +42.4%
Worldwide Total 357,619 +160.1% 1,793,052 +58.1%

* Record high for any month

Production Outside of Japan

  May 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 150,908*1 +152.6% 748,217 +67.1%
  (USA) 107,854*1 +156.5% 541,068 +62.1%
  Europe 15,911 +215.3% 69,858 +53.8%
  Asia 101,362*1 +217.7% 416,052 +13.8%
  (China) 53,966*1 +144.4% 285,933 +18.6%
  Others 15,395 +154.6% 63,729 +21.8%
Overseas Total 283,576*2 +176.0% 1,297,856 +42.4%

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

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the fourth consecutive month (since February 2012), setting record high production for any month. This includes all-time monthly records for May production in North America, USA, Asia, and China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year increase for the fifth consecutive month (since January 2012).

Sales in the Japanese Market

Vehicle type May 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Registrations 31,570 +48.3% 224,075 +53.8%
  Mini-Vehicles 26,349 +246.0% 131,837 +136.8%
Honda Brand Total 57,919 +100.4% 355,912 +76.7%

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

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

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's third best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of May 2012 with sales of 14,536 units. Freed was the industry's fourth best-selling car with sales of 8,142 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
N BOX was the industry's top selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of May 2012 with sales of 19,355 units.

Exports from Japan

  May 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - May 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 11,666 +84.3% 73,480 +30.3%
  (USA) 11,423 +98.3% 71,799 +32.8%
  Europe 2,832 +192.0% 12,715 +22.4%
  Asia 2,863 +253.0% 21,311 +225.1%
  Others 3,618 +230.4% 22,784 +94.7%
Total 20,979 +127.9% 130,290 +53.2%

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

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