Dongfeng Honda to launch new B-class car in 2009
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In an interview with Beijing Times, Dongfeng Honda vice general manager Liu Hong told the reporter that the company has finally approved the new B-class car plan and also made clear the automaker¡¯s 2009 sales target. The heavyweight B-class car has been included in the automaker¡¯s new model plans for next year, with the new producing equipment in preparation, Liu said.
The upcoming new model, derived from the latest Acura B-level platform, is likely to be redesigned to adapt to the Chinese market through Acura TL, a sporty sedan especially made for the North American market. Dongfeng Honda said its production version will be a more luxury B-level car not too much different from TL in its overall style though it has undergone designs for localization
Speaking of Dongfeng Honda¡¯s sales target for 2009, Liu Hong disclosed the company plans to seek a breakthrough next year, with three models (including the new B-class car) to total sales of 190,000 units for the whole year. The 2009 Civic and CRV will target the sales of 180,000 units and the new B-class model will be looking to surpass 10,000 units in 2009.
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