Honda Civic Stands Atop as Canada's Top-Selling Vehicle

    Civic Sets Annual Sales Record; Top-Selling Car for 11th Consecutive Year

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Based on its all-time record annual sales of
72,463 units in 2008, Honda Civic became the first passenger car in 15 years
to achieve status as the top-selling vehicle, including all cars and trucks,
in Canada. The Civic also remained Canada's top-selling passenger car for an
11th consecutive year, outselling its nearest competitor by 14,727 units.
    "We thank Canadian consumers for their continuing vote of confidence in
the Civic with its strong value resulting from its excellent fuel efficiency,
class-leading standard safety features and fun-to-drive character," said Jerry
Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.
    "And with the exception of the Civic Hybrid, all other Civic models sold
in Canada are produced right here in Canada. We are proud of our investment in
Canada as a vehicle manufacturer with virtually half of all the vehicles we
sell in Canada being built in Canada.
    "Our manufacturing facility in Alliston, which opened in 1986, represents
an investment of $2.6 billion in Canada and currently employs 4,600
Associates. In 2008, out of a total production of 383,011 vehicles at the
Alliston facility, almost 300,000 were Civics. In fact, of the nearly 5
million vehicles that our Canadian assembly plant has produced over the past
22 years, about 3 million of those have been Honda Civics."

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

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