Honda to launch entry-level car in '06

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  1. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Reuters / July 15, 2004

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. plans to launch an entry-level car cheaper than its Civic sedan in the United States in 2006, joining rival Toyota Motor Corp. in targeting the younger generation.

    "Our customers have long been demanding a car in the class below the Civic," said Senior Managing Director Michiyoshi Hagino said in a midyear news conference. "By 2006 we believe demand will be even stronger, and this new car will be a necessity."

    Toyota, Japan's top auto maker, has enjoyed surging sales for its Scion brand, which is aimed at young buyers looking for stylish cars priced under $16,000. The brand is available across the United States after being rolled out only in California a year ago.

    Honda, which has an 8 percent share of the U.S. market, said it would also continue to launch products in the light-trucks segment, starting with the new Odyssey minivan this autumn and the car-based sport utility truck (SUT) next spring.

    Elsewhere, Honda said it would continue to strengthen its minivan line in Japan, adding at least one new model or fully remodeling an existing one every year.

    In diesel-thirsty Europe, it will add a diesel-powered version of the CR-V SUV in early 2005, hoping to repeat the success of its Accord diesel sedan.

    Honda is also planning a diesel version of the FR-V minivan, called Edix in Japan, and the next-generation Civic.

    Honda is aiming to boost global automobile sales by 10 percent this calendar year to around 3.2 million units after a 3 percent rise in 2003.

    In the 12 months through March, Honda posted a 17 percent drop in operating profit, hit by dismal domestic sales and a weaker dollar, and was replaced by Nissan Motor Co. as Japan's second-biggest auto maker in terms of global sales.
     
  2. Fire Sauce

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    Oh boy. Another japbox. Woo fucking hoo.
     
  3. d-ta

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    hooray nissan!

    and is it possible to get even MORE entry-level than a civic?!
     
  4. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Aren't you in the wrong forum?
     
  5. soccaian

    soccaian New Member

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    perhaps a reincarnation of the crx?
     
  6. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    No, I'm thinking more like this:

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  7. LEX

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    ^ :rofl: scion > that
     
  8. tobagator

    tobagator But see drugs and plastic thugs, ain't gon change

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    YAY just what i wanted to happen. To have cars like the tercel reincarnate!
     
  9. Subie Driver

    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    More entry level that a Civic? Great, another crapball. How much more entry level can they get? Biggest selling point of the Scion isn't the price (although that is nice), but it's quality, stylish, and has decent power. Bet the Honda is that boxy turd, and has a 1.5L engine with 20 lb/ft of torque.
     
  10. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Decent power? I hope you're just talking about the tC...:hsugh:
     
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    Civics keep getting bigger and bigger. Latest Si is somthing like 2700lbs. They needa small car.
     
  12. HAIG

    HAIG Supernintendo Chalmers

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  13. pepsi

    pepsi Cut my life into pieces

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