American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is unfazed by Ford Escape sales that broke the segment’s calendar-year mark held by CR-V. "Escape is a fine vehicle, but we’ve been in a sell-down mode for six months," a Honda spokesman says, adding CR-V is all-new for ’02. Despite a launch plagued by five recalls, Escape’s 2001 sales are approaching 122,000 units. The previous best 12-month performance by a small SUV was CR-V’s 1999 sales total of 120,754. As of third quarter’s end this year, CR-V sales ...

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