American Honda Sales Buck Expected Downturn

Sets May Record with Second Best Month Ever

6/5/2000 7:01:17 PM

In a month where other automakers are expected to see sales decline, total American Honda sales rose to a new May record of 105,774, an increase of 3.6% over May, 1999 sales of 98,158. Increases in Honda Odyssey, Acura RL, TL and all-new CL models contributed to the sales gains.

"With customers lining up for our vehicles, demand doesn't let up the first time the industry hiccups," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Even in a tightening market, the best products are still in high demand." Total American Honda light truck sales set a new all-time record of 25,504, an increase of 41.8% over last May and topping the previous record of 25,162 set in March of this year.

Honda Division sales of 93,566 showed an increase of 3.1% over this month last year, and were lead by Odyssey sales of 11,963, an increase of 198.2% over May, 1999.

Acura Division sales were boosted to 12,208, an increase of 8.0% over sales of 10,868 for May, 1999. The TL luxury performance sedan set an all-time May record for the division at 5,789, up 11.9% from sales of 4,974 in May, 1999.

American Honda year-to-date sales of 471,574 mark an increase of 8.9% over the 429,772 recorded at this time last year.

AMERICAN HONDA VEHICLE SALES FOR MAY, 2000
 
                             Month-to-Date              Year-to-Date
                         May      May     DSR**    May       May      DSR**
                         2000     1999    % Chg.   2000      1999    % Chg.
 
    AMERICAN HONDA TTL 105,774   98,158    3.6%  471,574   429,772     8.9%
     Total Car Sales    80,270   80,867   -4.6%  358,216   346,499     2.6%
     Total Truck Sales  25,504   17,291   41.8%  113,358    83,273    35.1%
    IMPORT CAR SALES    14,720   13,116    7.9%   64,792    60,954     5.5%
     Honda Division     10,832    9,123   14.2%   46,854    45,161     2.9%
     Acura Division      3,888    3,993   -6.4%   17,938    15,793    12.7%
    IMPORT TRUCK SALES  11,760   11,313    0.0%   50,527    52,326    -4.2%
     Honda Division     11,740   11,266    0.2%   50,356    52,148    -4.2%
     Acura Division         20       47  -59.1%      171       178    -4.7%
    DOMESTIC CAR
     SALES *            65,550   67,751   -7.0%  293,424   285,545     2.0%
     Honda Division     57,250   60,923   -9.6%  256,388   255,741    -0.5%
     Acura Division      8,300    6,828   16.9%   37,036    29,804    23.3%
    DOMESTIC TRUCK
     SALES *
     Honda Division     13,744    5,978  121.1%   62,831    30,947   101.4%
 
    MODEL BREAKOUTS BY DIVISION
    Honda Division
     Total              93,566   87,290    3.1%  416,429   383,997     7.6%
     Accord *           34,837   36,639   -8.6%  158,322   166,028    -5.4%
     Civic *            31,253   32,166   -6.6%  136,684   129,531     4.7%
     Prelude               977    1,236  -24.0%    3,736     5,300   -30.1%
     S2000                 635                     3,365
     del Sol                          0                          1
     EV-Plus                 0        5                1        42   -97.6%
     Insight               380                     1,134
     Odyssey            11,963    3,857  198.2%   54,494    21,083   156.5%
     Passport *          1,781    2,127  -19.5%    8,343     9,974   -17.0%
     CR-V               11,740   11,260    0.3%   50,350    52,038    -4.0%
    * Domestic
     Vehicle Ttl        70,994   66,901    2.0%  319,219   286,688    10.5%
      Accord            27,930   28,879   -7.0%  128,424   126,380     0.8%
      Civic             29,320   32,044  -12.0%  127,964   129,361    -1.9%
      Passport           1,781    2,127  -19.5%    8,343     9,974   -17.0%
      Odyssey           11,963    3,851  198.7%   54,488    20,973   157.8%
    Acura Division
     Total              12,208   10,868    8.0%   55,145    45,775    19.5%
     Integra             2,699    3,006  -13.7%   11,723    11,038     5.4%
     CL *                2,511    1,854   30.2%    8,761     8,946    -2.8%
     TL *                5,789    4,974   11.9%   28,275    20,858    34.5%
     RL                  1,169      973   15.5%    6,097     4,661    29.8%
     NSX                    20       14   37.4%      118        94    24.6%
     SLX                    20       47  -59.1%      171       178    -4.7%
    Selling Days            26       25              128       127
 
    *  Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic and global sourced parts.
 
    ** Daily Selling Rate