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This excerpt taken from the HMC 6-K filed Aug 24, 2005.

—Successor sports car now in development—

 

July 12, 2005—Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it will discontinue production of the NSX, a vehicle that has enjoyed considerable popularity as pure sports car and won many fans worldwide. Honda is currently working on a successor, a new sports car for a new era, which is to incorporate Honda’s most advanced technology.

 

The NSX made its debut in 1990 as a genuine mid-engine sports car with an all-aluminum monocoque body—a world’s first for a production vehicle at the time. The NSX continued to evolve, with performance improvements including increased displacement, a 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced aerodynamic performance, and different tire sizes, along with the addition of the NSX Type-T open-top model and the NSX Type-R pure sports model with further enhanced driving performance. One of the first true sports cars to adopt clean emissions measures, the NSX succeeded in combining exhilarating driving performance with superior environmental performance. As a result, the NSX achieved total worldwide sales of more than 18,000* units during the 15 years it was in production.

 

Even after NSX production draws to a close, Honda will continue to foster an environment supportive of NSX owners and their enjoyment of their cars, through meticulous maintenance of NSX vehicles, a Refresh Plan to preserve vehicles in their optimum condition, and the continuing support of NSX Owners’ Meetings to assist owners who wish to enhance their driving skills.

 

Production of vehicles destined for the North American market will be discontinued at the end of December, 2005. Production of vehicles destined for the European market will be discontinued at the end of September, 2005.

 

* As of the end of June 2005

 

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<Highlights of the History of the NSX>

 

Feb. 1989

   NS-X mid-engine sports car prototype introduced at the Chicago Auto Show

Oct. 1989

   NS-X exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show

Aug. 1990

   Acura NSX went on sale in the US

Sept. 1990

   NSX went on sale in Japan

1991

   “Owners’ Meetings”, designed to enhance driving skills, inaugurated

Jan. 1992

   Custom order interior and body color plan introduced; its range later expanded.

Nov. 1992

   Pure sports model Type-R added to the line-up

Feb. 1993

   Minor model change (addition of passenger-side SRS airbags, other enhanced equipment)

1993

   “Refresh Plan” introduced as premium service for maturing vehicles

Feb. 1994

   Minor model change (16/17” aluminum wheels, reinforced brake pads)

Mar. 1995

   Minor model change (Drive-By-Wire electronic control, F-Matic manual-feel automatic transmission, open-top Type-T added to line-up)

Feb. 1997

   Minor model change (3.2-liter manual transmission model, 6-speed manual transmission, introduction of Type-S)

Sept. 1999

   Minor model change (reduced exhaust emissions, enhanced equipment)

Dec. 2001

   Minor model change (exterior design changes, 17” tires front and back)

May 2002

   New NSX Type-R model introduced

Oct. 2003

   Minor model change (Immobilizer, new body colors)

 

Publicity materials relating to this matter are available at the following URL:

http:// www.honda.co.jp/PR/

(The site is intended exclusively for the use of journalists.)

 

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