Honda Canada posts record sales for 2008



    Best-ever calendar year sales of past 36 years in Canada

    TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - With combined December sales of 10,555 units by
its Honda and Acura divisions, Honda Canada Inc. reported combined sales of
171,358 units by its Honda and Acura divisions for calendar year 2008 - a 1%
increase over record 2007 annual sales, representing the best-ever calendar
year sales during the past 36 years in Canada. The Honda Automobile Division
reported record annual sales of 151,974 units, and Acura Division reported
annual sales of 19,384 units.
    "We have many Canadian consumers to thank for our record sales in 2008,"
said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc. "Even in these
challenging times, there are still people who continue to place their trust in
our products for overall fuel efficiency, safety and affordable performance.
    "Our sales were strengthened by the strong popularity of the
fuel-efficient Honda Civic and the all-new Honda Fit. These, plus our full
line of Honda and Acura cars and trucks with top-of-class fuel efficiency,
safety and fun-to-drive character, will provide Canadian consumers a safe
choice with meaningful value in 2009 for their car-buying dollars during these
difficult economic times."

    Sales highlights include:

    
    -  All-time annual sales record of 171,358 units for Honda Canada Inc.
       (Honda and Acura combined), up 1% over the previous annual sales
       record in 2007
    -  All-time annual sales record of 151,974 units for the Honda Automobile
       Division, up 1% over the previous annual sales record in 2007
    -  Honda Fit sets an all-time annual sales record of 14,836, up 10% from
       last year's sales record of 13,507 units
    -  Honda Pilot sets an all-time annual sales record of 5,564, up 4% from
       the previous sales record of 5,359 units in 2006
    -  Honda Civic sets an all-time annual sales record of 72,463 units, up
       2% from last year's sales record of 70,838 units
    -  Acura set an all-time annual sales record for luxury cars and trucks
       (excluding the Acura CSX and RSX) with 16,381 units, up from last
       year's sales record of 16,378 luxury units
    

    With 135 manufacturing facilities in 28 countries worldwide, Honda
attracts more than 23 million customers annually. Honda Canada manufactures
the Honda Civic sedan and coupe, and the Acura CSX and MDX at its two plants
in Alliston, Ontario, and produces fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines at its
new engine plant adjacent to its manufacturing facilities.




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