Honda and Acura break January sales records



    Record Civic sales up 101% in January; Honda trucks surge ahead 63% with
    record Ridgeline and Pilot sales; Acura TL, MDX and RDX set monthly sales
    records

    TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined record
January sales of 12,022 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 69% increase
over last year, and up 31% over the previous January sales record of 9,211
units in 2002. The Honda Automobile Division reported record January sales of
10,534 units, up 76%, and Acura Division reported record January sales of
1,488 units, up 28% over last year.
    "Our record January sales for Honda were strengthened by the popularity
of the Honda Civic, Canada's best-selling car the past 10 years, which saw its
record January sales double from last year," said Jim Miller, executive vice
president, Honda Canada Inc. "All of our Honda truck products were up
significantly in January with an overall average increase of 63 per cent, and
record January sales of Ridgeline and Pilot.
    Acura's record January sales were led by an increase in our luxury sports
sedans with record January sales of TL that were up 69 per cent in addition to
RL, up 225 per cent, and TSX, up 38 per cent. Acura luxury utility vehicles,
RDX and MDX, set January sales records, up 26 per cent and 14 per cent,
respectively.

    Honda January sales highlights include:

    
      -  Record January sales for Honda Automobile Division of 10,534 units,
         up 76% over January 2007, and up 34% over the previous January sales
         record of 7,880 units in 2003
      -  Honda Civic sets January sales record of 5,202 units, up 101% from
         January 2007, and up 43% over the previous January sales record of
         3,638 units in 2001
      -  Honda Ridgeline sets January sales record of 424 units, up 93% from
         January 2007, and up 69% over the previous January sales record of
         251 units in 2006
      -  Honda Pilot sets January sales record of 402 units, up 84% from
         January 2007, and up 38% over the previous January sales record of
         291 units in 2003
      -  Honda truck sales increase 63% over January 2007:
           - Honda Ridgeline up 93%
           - Honda Pilot up 84%
           - Honda CR-V up 68%
           - Honda Odyssey up 32%
           - Honda Element up 27%
      -  Honda Accord January sales of 1,480 units, up 124% over last year

    Acura January sales highlights include:

      -  Record January sales for Acura of 1,488 units, up 28% over January
         2007, and up by 45 units over the previous January sales record of
         1,443 units in 2002

      -  Acura TL sets January sales record of 367 units, up 69% from January
         2007, and up from the previous January sales record of 364 units in
         2004

      -  Acura MDX sets January sales record of 462 units, up 14% from
         January 2007, and up 13% over the previous January sales record of
         409 units in 2002

      -  Acura RDX sets January sales record of 332 units, up 26% from record
         January sales of 263 units in 2007
    

    Honda is the world's preeminent maker of engines for automobiles,
motorcycles and power equipment. With 134 manufacturing facilities in 28
countries worldwide, Honda now attracts 23 million customers annually. Honda
Canada manufactures the Honda Ridgeline and Civic sedan and coupe, and the
Acura CSX and MDX at its two plants in Alliston, Ontario. A new, third plant
in Alliston, with the capacity to produce up to 200,000 vehicle engines
annually, is scheduled to open later this year.





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