Honda Canada reaches milestone of 3-millionth passenger vehicle sold in Canada



    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. today celebrated the retail
sale of its 3-millionth passenger vehicle in Canada. This year marks the
35th anniversary of cars and trucks sold in Canada by Honda and its luxury
division Acura. These two important events reflect Honda's commitment to
Canada.
    "This is a significant milestone for Honda in Canada," said Jim Miller,
executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc. "We began selling cars in 1973
with a handful of dealers, selling only 747 Honda Civics that first year.
Today we sell in excess of 170,000 cars and trucks per year through our
215 Honda and 48 Acura dealerships across Canada.
    "It's hard to believe we have achieved this milestone in such a
relatively short period of time. We want to thank those three million Canadian
consumers who bought our cars and trucks for their support and confidence in
our products."
    Another recent milestone for Honda Canada was achieved at the end of the
2007 calendar year when the Honda Civic earned the title of Canada's
best-selling car for a 10th consecutive year.

    
    Building on Honda's commitment to be a company that Canadians want to
exist, as the country's fourth largest privately held company, Honda
contributes to communities across Canada:
    -   bringing to market the Honda Benefit of "green, safe, fun" cars,
        trucks, motorcycles, and power and marine equipment;
    -   manufacturing 390,000 vehicles a year at two Honda manufacturing
        facilities in Alliston, Ontario, with a third manufacturing operation
        opening later this year for the production of 200,000 vehicle engines
        per year, and sourcing over $2-billion of goods annually from
        Canadian-based suppliers.
    -   employing more than 5,000 Honda Canada associates coast-to-coast, and
        providing employment to more than 21,000 Canadians through
        manufacturing, sales offices, and dealerships across the country;
    -   generating more than $14-billion in annual sales thanks to Honda's
        350,000 Canadian customers who buy passenger cars and trucks,
        motorcycles, ATVs, power equipment and marine engines; and
    -   donating annually to registered charities through the Honda Canada
        Foundation and to non-profit organizations across Canada.
    

    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.





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