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Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of February 2008.

<Production>
Production in Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the sixth consecutive month (since September 2007).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 31st consecutive month (since August 2005), setting an all-time record for the month of February.  This includes record production in North America, the U.S., Europe, Asia, and China for the month of February.

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year increase for the 31st consecutive month (since August 2005), setting an all-time record for the month of February.

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total domestic sales for the month of February 2008 experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2008).

New vehicle registrations in February experienced a year-on-year increase for the fourth consecutive month (since February 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles in February experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since January 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of February 2008, with sales of 15,980 units. 

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s fourth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of February 2008, with sales of 10,342 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in February 2008 experienced a year-on-year decline for the second consecutive month (since January 2008).


PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (February 2007)

Worldwide Production
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  Japan
106,142
-8.1%
206,472
-6.0%
  Outside of Japan
226,421
21.4%
466,853
17.1%
Worldwide Total
332,563
10.2%
673,325
8.9%


Production Outside of Japan
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  North America
126,532
14.1%
260,600
9.4%
  (USA)
90,438
12.7%
185,180
8.8%
  Europe
22,837
27.5%
46,231
27.9%
  Asia
61,455
25.3%
129,409
18.3%
  (China)
33,039
30.1%
71,214
16.7%
  Others
15,597
81.2%
30,613
105.0%
Overseas Total
226,421
21.4%
466,853
17.1%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  Registrations
38,162
12.9%
70,021
24.0%
  Mini - Vehicles
19,469
15.1%
32,188
17.5%
Honda Brand Total
57,631
13.6%
102,209
21.9%


Export from Japan
  February Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Feb. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  North America
32,729
7.5%
68,217
-1.1%
  (USA)
31,277
9.4%
65,140
-0.5%
  Europe
3,095
-69.2%
10,474
-56.5%
  Asia
4,047
201.1%
7,682
132.6%
  Others
7,308
-33.9%
22,099
-5.0%
Total
47,179
-10.8%
108,472
-9.4%


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