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

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

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 33rd consecutive month (since August 2005), setting an all-time record for the month of April.  This includes record production for the month of April in North America, the U.S., Europe, Asia, and China.

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two months (since February 2008), setting an all-time record for the month of April.



<Japan Domestic Sales>
Total domestic sales for the month of April 2008 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since March 2008).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the sixth consecutive month (since November 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since March 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>

Fit was the industry’s best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of April 2008, for the sixth consecutive month (since November 2007) with sales of 14,854 units. 

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>

Life was the industry’s seventh best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of April 2008, with sales of 6,462 units. Zest was the industry’s tenth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of April 2008, with sales of 3,028 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in April 2008 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in four months (since December 2007).


PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (April 2008)

Worldwide Production
  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  Japan
91,263
-17.6%
400,903
-12.0%
  Outside of Japan
237,828
18.7%
947,048
14.0%
Worldwide Total
329,091
5.8%
1,347,951
4.8%


Production Outside of Japan
  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  North America
126,169
7.7%
506,149
3.6%
  (USA)
86,438
3.5%
355,331
1.9%
  Europe
21,943
14.2%
89,345
15.7%
  Asia
72,450
32.9%
288,413
25.5%
  (China)
46,785
51.0%
174,039
33.6%
  Others
17,266
81.8%
63,141
79.8%
Overseas Total
237,828
18.7%
947,048
14.0%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  Registrations
31,141
4.7%
161,095
13.9%
  Mini Vehicles
14,104
-20.7%
75,857
-4.7%
Honda Brand Total
45,245
-4.8%
236,952
7.2%


Export from Japan
  April Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Apr. 2008)
Units
vs'07
Units
vs'07
  North America
33,528
19.6%
132,033
4.1%
  (USA)
31,530
18.6%
125,788
4.6%
  Europe
8,187
2.3%
26,318
-38.9%
  Asia
2,487
-24.1%
13,956
69.1%
  Others
11,202
-12.7%
44,621
-4.8%
Total
55,404
6.2%
216,928
-3.6%



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