Honda Motor's automobile division is preparing to announce its best performance ever in South East Asia's fastest-growing markets in 2004. The company's combined share of the region's top five markets rose to 9.3% last year, compared with 8.9% in 2003 and 7.0% in 2002. Its share of the region's passenger car market inevitably is much higher, given its lack of presence in the commercial vehicle market, writes Tony Pugliese.