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November 29, 2012

Honda Sets All-Time Monthly Production Records in North America and United States

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

Worldwide Production

  October 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Oct. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Japan 80,053 -15.8% 897,341 +59.2%
  Outside of Japan 266,076* +20.2% 2,608,211 +41.6%
Worldwide Total 346,129 +9.4% 3,505,552 +45.7%

* Record high for month of October

Production Outside of Japan

  October 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Oct. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 161,142*1 +28.6% 1,436,054 +57.1%
  (USA) 118,599*1 +29.1% 1,034,958 +50.0%
  Europe 15,088 +6.8% 136,006 +53.8%
  Asia 73,611 -0.6% 895,977 +18.9%
  (China) 26,302 -54.2% 546,734 +7.6%
  Others 16,235 +105.3% 140,174 +62.4%
Overseas Total 266,076*2 +20.2% 2,608,211 +41.6%

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

Production in Japan for the month of October 2012 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since September 2012).

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

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

Sales in the Japanese Market

Vehicle type October 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Oct. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  Registrations 20,004 -45.0% 385,428 +22.5%
  Mini-Vehicles 23,886 +131.7% 264,797 +149.0%
Honda Brand Total 43,890 -5.9% 650,225 +54.4%

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

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year decrease for the third consecutive month (since August 2012).

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

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry's fourth best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of October 2012 with sales of 9,317 units. Freed was the industry's tenth best-selling car with sales of 4,591 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
N BOX was the industry's top selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of October 2012 with sales of 18,203 units.

Exports from Japan

  October 2012 Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Oct. 2012)
Units vs.'11 Units vs.'11
  North America 3,919 -84.8% 112,386 -13.4%
  (USA) 3,855 -84.8% 109,844 -12.6%
  Europe 1,235 -61.3% 17,342 -38.1%
  Asia 905 +12.7% 30,109 +156.0%
  Others 821 -63.7% 30,252 +40.5%
Total 6,880 -78.5% 190,089 -0.6%

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

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