More Honda models for USA?
After the unveiling of the the Fit subcompact on the USA market, sales in here grow substantially. Encouraged by these results Honda decided to bring more models its Japanese lineup to the North American market.
Honda has studied the compact Stream wagon and a Japanese version of the Odyssey minivan that would be categorized as a station wagon in the U.S., Bonawitz said in an interview in Malibu, California. He declined to say whether either would be added to Honda’s U.S. lineup.
The automaker is also benefiting from demand for fuel- efficient Civic small cars and four-cylinder Accords. Honda’s U.S. sales have grown 3.2 percent this year, compared with an 11 percent industrywide decline through the first seven months.
The company won’t rush any Japan market models to the U.S. until it’s confident current U.S. patterns are likely to continue, said Bonawitz, who manages a team of U.S. product planners.