Honda Canada reports July sales results



    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined record July
sales of 15,996 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 17% increase over
last July. The Honda Automobile Division reported record July sales of 14,465
units, up 19%. The Acura Division reported July sales of 1,531 units,
unchanged from last year.
    "Canadian car buyers are looking for high-value vehicles such as Honda's
fuel-efficient Accord, Civic and Fit, which have a combined year over year
increase of 20 per cent," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda
Canada Inc.
    "Our all-new 2009 Pilot, with a sales increase of 81 per cent, is proving
to be a right vehicle at the right time for Canadian families thanks to
Honda's innovative Variable-Cylinder Management system that makes it Canada's
most fuel-efficient eight-passenger sport-utility vehicle."

    
    Honda July sales highlights include:

    -   Honda Pilot sets July sales record of 642 units, up 9% over the
        previous July sales record of 583 units in 2005 (and up 81% over last
        year)

    -   Honda Fit sets July sales record of 1,493, up 7% over the previous
        July sales record of 1,389 in 2007

    -   Honda Accord July sales of 2,367 increased 83% over last year

    -   Honda Civic July sales of 6,864 increased 14% over last year

    Acura July sales highlights include:

    -   Acura MDX sets July sales record of 465 units, up 16% over the
        previous July sales record of 389 units in 2004 (and up 58% over last
        year)

    -   Acura RDX sets July sales record of 294 units, up 19% over the
        previous July sales record of 238 units in 2007

    -   Acura TSX - all-new for 2009 - had July sales of 287, an increase of
        41% over last year
    

    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 this fall.





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