|January 17, 2007 – Honda has achieved its third consecutive record year for car sales in Europe with final figures for the calendar year of close to 310,000 (actual 309,867), an increase of 8.4% on 2005. This remarkable result contrasts with figures from industry sources which show that the overall car market grew by less than 1%.
Key to Honda’s success in 2006 has been strong demand for the new Civic. The UK-built Civic 5-door model, which went on sale at the start of the year across Europe, has enjoyed a very positive sales introduction thanks to its sporty design and overall performance. Sales of the Civic range increased 33.4% to 105,313 cars in 2006.
The increasing demand for Honda’s award winning diesel engine across Europe is demonstrated by a 36.6% increase in sales of its diesel models, which reached 84,427 and accounted for one in four of all car sales.
In 2007, with the new UK produced CR-V and Civic 3-door models to be added to its line up, Honda expects its European sales to further grow by 13% to 350,000.