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European Honda: October Business Brief (TOV summary)
 Date: November 14, 2007 06:09
 Submitted by:  danielgr
 Source: Honda EU PR
 Credibility Rating: N/A


1. Honda Sets All-Time Record for Worldwide Automobile Production for the First Half of a Fiscal Year

Honda has experienced a year-on-year increase in worldwide automobile production for the 26th consecutive month (since August 2005) with a total of 1,911,182 units produced, an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last year. Honda has also achieved an all-time record for the month of September for production in regions outside of Japan and production in Europe.

European production was particularly strong with a total figure for the first half of the fiscal year at 113,073 units; an increase of 23.8% compared the same period last year. Results for the month of September also show a remarkable growth of 27.5% to 21,627 units compared with September 2006. The production in Asia and China also marked an all-time record for any month.

Link@HondaWorld

2. Honda Racing F1 Team Wins at 2007 Green Awards

The Honda Racing F1 Team won two prestigious awards at the 2007 Green Awards, recently held in London. The team's environmental myearthdreamTM initiative won its nominated category of Best PR Campaign with a budget of over £100k. The campaign went on to compete against the other 18 winners of the night for the Grand Prix award for the best overall campaign. The Honda Racing F1 Team was triumphant and the campaign was described as the one that best exemplified an outstanding environmental message as well as having the greatest capacity to raise awareness amongst the general public.

Link@HondaWorld

3. Honda Announces 2008 Motorcycle Models for Europe

Honda has unveiled its new 2008 motorcycle models for the European market at the Paris International Motorcycle Show. The CBR1000RR super sports bike, popular for its high performance and stylish design, has undergone a full model change, featuring the latest in advanced technologies honed in Honda's MotoGP (FIM* Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix) machines. The XL700V Transalp has also received a makeover; the engine has been increased from 650cc to 700cc for improved acceleration and the headlight redesigned for a more aggressive look. The performance of the CBF600 sports model has been boosted by a more compact lightweight engine with an enhanced output and, for the first time, it will feature Honda's CBS (Combined Brake System), which works with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) to offer a safer, more stable ride.

*Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

Link@HondaWorld

TOV_Note: Honda has actually released four other production 2008 models for Europe in Milano Motor Show, including the CB1000R and Lead world premiere as well as the DN-01 and new 250cc Forza seen previously in Tokyo. There are no reports yet of possible exports of the CB1000R to other countries.

Link@HondaUK

4. Honda Develops HFT, a New Automatic Transmission System for Motorcycles

Honda has developed the Human-Friendly Transmission (HFT), a new automatic transmission system for motorcycles using Honda's own infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission. The HFT creates a relaxed and comfortable riding experience, with direct response and excellent transmission efficiency. The HFT will be installed on the DN-01, a new motorcycle introduced at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show.

The basic configuration of the system consists of an oil pump for converting engine power into hydraulic pressure, and an oil motor for converting the hydraulic pressure back into power for output. Both are made up of multiple pistons, a distributor valve and a swash plate for piston operation, while the cylinders are integrated into the output shaft. The HFT also features the world's first* lockup mechanism for an infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission. When cruising, this lockup mechanism minimizes transmission efficiency losses, contributing to an improved fuel economy.

* Based on Honda research

Link@HondaWorld

5. ASIMO to Assist European Academics in the Pursuit of Intelligence Technologies

Honda Research Institute Europe (HRI-EU) and the newly founded Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) at Bielefeld University, have signed a landmark cooperative agreement. As part of the collaboration, Honda has provided two ASIMOs to the CoR-Lab, equipped with "whole body movement" software developed at HRI-EU. Using an interdisciplinary approach which integrates the natural, engineering and social sciences, researchers will apply an understanding of how the brain works, its underlying architecture and mechanisms, to develop intelligent systems with similar capabilities. Honda is also contributing support for the CoR-Lab's graduate school to educate up to 15 PhD students and young scientists in joint research projects. It is the first time that a European university will have access to ASIMO as a research platform. Bielefeld University is one of Europe's leading establishments in the field of cognition and robotics intelligence.

Link@HondaWorld

EUROPEAN CAR SALES - Sept07

COUNTRY

Sep 07

Sep 06

07/06%

Jan-Sep 07

Jan-Sep 2006

07/06%

Austria

270

306

-11.8%

3,472

3,258

6.6%

Belgium (inc.Lxbg)

422

481

-12.3%

4,599

4,409

4.3%

Denmark

244

469

-48.0%

3,114

2,257

38.0%

Finland

556

486

14.4%

5,857

4,787

22.4%

France

1,410

1,080

30.6%

11,834

8,918

32.7%

Germany

3,737

4,217

-11.4%

32,984

35,016

-5.8%

Greece

495

324

52.8%

5,067

3,835

32.1%

Ireland

202

219

-7.8%

3,857

3,450

11.8%

Italy

2,014

2,031

-0.8%

21,109

18,642

13.2%

Netherlands

418

461

-9.3%

4,937

3,731

32.3%

Portugal

361

432

-16.4%

4,775

3,971

20.2%

Spain

2,321

1,724

34.6%

18,222

13,472

35.3%

Sweden

393

377

4.2%

4,826

3,038

58.9%

UK

20,625

17,850

15.5%

87,587

81,034

8.1%

EU - 15

33,468

30,457

9.9%

212,240

189,818

11.8%

Iceland

79

65

21.5%

841

780

7.8%

Norway

358

267

34.1%

3,833

2,481

54.5%

Switzerland

882

706

24.9%

6,895

6,596

4.5%

EFTA

1,319

1,038

27.1%

11,569

9,857

17.4%

EU - 15 + EFTA

34,787

31,495

10.5%

223,809

199,675

12.1%

Bulgaria

18

19

-5.3%

297

192

54.7%

Cyprus

275

178

54.5%

2,034

1,931

5.3%

Czech Rep

219

186

17.7%

2,293

1,847

24.1%

Estonia

312

187

66.8%

2,872

1,602

79.3%

Hungary

447

354

26.3%

3,687

2,931

25.8%

Latvia

213

124

71.8%

2,128

999

113.0%

Lithuania

94

78

20.5%

953

549

73.6%

Malta

22

17

29.4%

173

138

25.4%

Poland

1,018

797

27.7%

9,781

6,997

39.8%

Romania

185

32

478.1%

1,340

349

284.0%

Slovakia

120

125

-4.0%

1,219

1,094

11.4%

Slovenia

160

102

56.9%

1,046

906

15.5%

EU 10 New Members

3,083

2,199

40.2%

27,823

19,535

42.4%

European Union

36,551

32,656

11.9%

240,063

209,353

14.7%

Total EU(EU+EFTA)

37,870

33,694

12.4%

251,632

219,210

14.8%

Belarus

26

5

420.0%

226

77

193.5%

Croatia

116

77

50.6%

1,043

732

42.5%

Gibraltar

34

25

36.0%

271

227

19.4%

Israel

797

332

140.1%

6,991

3,914

78.6%

FYR Macedonia

20

16

25.0%

152

143

6.3%

Russia

4,072

1,619

151.5%

23,842

11,098

114.8%

Serbia

150

60

150.0%

676

395

71.1%

Turkey

1,629

1,789

-8.9%

14,337

12,823

11.8%

Ukraine

651

327

99.1%

4,782

2,200

117.4%

Others

127

99

28.3%

1,160

768

51.0%

Total EU Others

7,622

4,349

75.3%

53,480

32,377

65.2%

TOTAL EUROPE

45,492

38,043

19.6%

305,112

251,587

21.3%

MODEL

Sep 07

Sep 06

07/06%

Jan-Sep 07

Jan-Sep 06

07/06%

Jazz

9,847

11,775

-16.4%

59,986

68,632

-12.6%

Civic - All Models

19,207

13,102

46.6%

120,035

85,287

40.7%

Diesel

4,792

3,484

37.5%

26,243

23,933

9.7%

Hybrid

1,164

217

436.4%

7,962

2,645

201.0%

Accord - All Models

5,233

4,937

6.0%

37,309

34,966

6.7%

Diesel

1,738

2,266

-23.3%

12,214

13,472

-9.3%

CR-V

8,687

4,825

80.0%

68,009

37,091

83.4%

Diesel

4,362

2,571

69.7%

34,272

19,150

79.0%

FR-V

1,815

2,135

-15.0%

12,026

14,941

-19.5%

Diesel

839

1,296

-35.3%

5,542

8,082

-31.4%

S2000

154

200

-23.0%

1,002

1,291

-22.4%

City

371

521

-28.8%

4,957

7,090

-30.1%

Legend

178

481

-63.0%

1,474

829

77.8%

Other models

0

67

+++

314

1,460

-78.5%

TOTAL EUROPE

45,492

38,043

19.6%

305,112

251,587

21.3%

Diesel

11,731

9,617

22.0%

78,271

64,637

21.1%

Diesel Ratio

25.8%

25.3%

25.7%

25.7%

EU produced

24,830

17,848

39.1%

170,166

120,932

40.7%

EU Ratio

54.6%

46.9%

55.8%

48.1

NB: Source Honda


Last edited by JeffX on November 15, 2007 10:37

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