LOS ANGELES ‚Äď A new-generationAccord will be shown ‚Äúin the near future,‚ÄĚ reveals John Mendel, senior vice president-automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
Mendel told Ward‚Äôs earlier this month January‚Äôs North American International Auto Show in Detroit ‚Äúwould be a little early‚ÄĚ to show the midsize car but insisted the vehicle was not delayed.
Mendel, speaking on the sidelines of the auto show here, now is a bit more mysterious as to the timing of the unveil.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôll see a strong indication of what the vehicle will look like,‚ÄĚ he says when asked if the model to be shown will be a concept or production version of the car.
Meanwhile, Mendel says he is pleased with sales of the new Acura RDX small cross/utility vehicle.
Entering a segment occupied in the U.S. only by theX3, the RDX has been able to quickly take a 40% share of the sector, he says.
It might be short-lived, however, as several new models, including the Land Rover LR2, enter the market.
‚ÄúThere are a lot of other entrants coming into that segment in the next 18 months, so we think there‚Äôs going to be a lot of activity,‚ÄĚ Mendel says.
Since going on sale in August, 4,766 RDXs have been sold, Ward‚Äôs data shows.
‚ÄúDealers are happy with the car; they think they can sell more,‚ÄĚ Mendel says.
had about 6,500 units in stock in the U.S. at the end of October, according to Ward‚Äôs data.
Doing even better is Honda‚Äôs new ‚Äô07 CR-V. In October CR-V sales set a monthly record at 20,413 units, doubling October 2005 deliveries.
Mendel says Honda isn‚Äôt concerned yet about demand outstripping capacity. The ‚Äô07 CR-V now is built in the U.S. at Honda‚Äôs East Liberty, OH, plant. Previously, it was assembled in the U.K. for the U.S. market.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre very pleased with it. I hope we‚Äôre out of capacity,‚ÄĚ Mendel jokes.
Honda typically has sold about 150,000 CR-Vs annually.