Honda Canada reports August sales results



    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined August sales
of 14,817 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 19% decrease over last
August. The Honda Automobile Division reported August sales of 13,516 units,
down 18%. The Acura Division reported August sales of 1,301 units, down 27%
from last year.
    "Due to the unprecedented demand by Canadians for fuel-efficient,
high-value cars, our dealers experienced a significant shortage of both Honda
Civic and Fit models. In fact, many dealers ran out of the Fit subcompact as
customers are waiting for the all-new 2009 Fit which goes on sale early this
month. Compared to last August, which was an all-time record month for Honda
Canada sales, we could not supply products at the same level," according to
Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc.

    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 begin operations later this month.





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