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September 26, 2012

Honda Sets All-Time August Records for Worldwide Production and Overseas Production

September 26, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of August 2012.

Worldwide Production

  August 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Japan 69,461 +23.3% 745,088 +89.3%
  Outside of Japan 262,926* +28.2% 2,095,294 +52.1%
Worldwide Total 332,387* +27.1% 2,840,382 +60.4%

* Record high for month of August

Production Outside of Japan

  August 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 148,814* +36.0% 1,150,285 +71.8%
  (USA) 108,023* +19.3% 829,872 +63.5%
  Europe 7,371 +53.1% 107,210 +74.6%
  Asia 89,443* +8.1% 727,712 +26.5%
  (China) 49,893 -10.2% 469,697 +21.4%
  Others 17,298 +110.2% 110,087 +54.4%
Overseas Total 262,926* +28.2% 2,095,294 +52.1%

* Record high for month of August

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the seventh consecutive month (since February 2012), setting record high production for the month of August. This includes an all-time monthly record for August production in North America, the United States, and Asia.

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

Sales in the Japanese Market

Vehicle type August 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Registrations 24,372 -4.6% 339,231 +44.4%
  Mini-Vehicles 23,076 +164.5% 213,737 +154.6%
Honda Brand Total 47,448 +38.5% 552,968 +73.4%

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

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in a year (since August 2011).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year increase for the eighth 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 August 2012 with sales of 12,249 units. Freed was the industry's seventh best-selling car with sales of 5,633 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
N BOX was the industry's top selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of August 2012 with sales of 17,311 units.

Exports from Japan

  August 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Aug. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 7,932 -36.4% 103,317 +13.5%
  (USA) 7,827 -37.0% 101,226 +15.2%
  Europe 444 -81.3% 15,419 -18.6%
  Asia 1,591 +226.0% 26,676 +184.8%
  Others 824 -54.6% 28,108 +62.5%
Total 10,791 -37.1% 173,520 +27.0%

Total exports from Japan in August 2012 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since July 2012).

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