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Honda Sets Monthly Record for Worldwide, Domestic and Overseas Auto Production.

Tokyo, Japan, Dec 25, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced its automobile production, domestic sales, and export results for the month of November 2006.

Production

For the sixteenth consecutive month since August 2005, worldwide production increased in November over the same month a year ago. Honda achieved a new record for the month of November.

Due to an increase in production for overseas markets, domestic production experienced a year-on-year increase for the sixth consecutive month since June 2006. Honda achieved a new record for the month of November.

Due mainly to production increases in North America and Asia, overseas production increased compared to the same month a year ago for the sixteenth consecutive month since August 2005. Honda achieved a new record for overseas production for the month of November, including record production in North America. Production in Asia also set an all-time record for any month.

Japan Domestic Sales

Total domestic sales increased compared to the same month a year ago for the first time in the last two months since September 2006.

Due to decreased sales of Air Wave and Step Wagon, new vehicle registrations in November experienced a year-on-year decline for the eighth consecutive month since April 2006.

Due mainly to an increase in sales of Zest, mini-vehicle sales increased compared to the same month a year ago for the first time in the last two months since September 2006.

Vehicle registrations - excluding mini vehicles

Fit was the industry's fourth best selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of November, with sales of 7,350 units. Step Wagon ranked as the industry's sixth best selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of November, with sales of 5,826 units.

Mini vehicles - under 660cc

Life was the industry's fifth best selling car among mini vehicles, with sales of 7,823 units, and ranked as Honda's best selling car for the month of November. Zest was the industry's tenth best selling vehicle among mini vehicles for the month of November, with sales of 5,170 units.

Exports from Japan

Due primarily to an increase in exports to North America, total exports increased over the same month a year ago for the sixth consecutive month since June 2006.

Production, Sales, and Exports (November 2006)
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 November Year-to-Date Total
 (Jan - Nov. 2006)
 Units Vs.11/05 Units Vs.2005
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Production

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Domestic (CBU+CKD) 126,534 +15.0% 1,216,488 +4.8%
Overseas (CBU only) 202,258 +8.1% 2,134,083 +7.6%
Worldwide Total 328,792 +10.6% 3,350,571 +6.6%
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Production by Region

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North America 119,357 +1.4% 1,291,578 +3.4%
(USA only) 81,379 +1.3% 906,808 +4.2%
Europe 15,205 -8.8% 172,244 -0.6%
Asia 59,090 +27.7% 582,506 +19.0%
(China only) 35,048 +29.6% 321,507 +31.4%
Others 8,606 +32.0% 87,755 +23.4%
Overseas Total 202,258 +8.1% 2,134,083 +7.6%
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Japan Domestic Sales

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Registrations 32,451 -12.1% 383,092 -11.3%
Mini Vehicles 25,440 +24.2% 256,006 +11.6%
Honda Brand Total 57,891 +0.9% 639,098 -3.4%
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Exports from Japan

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North America 26,653 +59.8% 319,301 +39.6%
(USA only) 25,068 +70.4% 289,049 +42.4%
Europe 13,431 +33.1% 120,889 -3.5%
Asia 2,497 +109.1% 17,483 +12.4%
Others 11,672 +12.8% 109,511 +7.5%
Total 54,253 +41.6% 567,184 +20.3%
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About Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC/LSE:HNDA.L) is one of the leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19 million customers annually. For more information, please visit http://world.honda.com.

Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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