Honda Motor Co. Ltd. says third quarter (ended Dec. 31) profits increased to a record ¥82.2 billion ($615.2 million), up 74% from like-2000. Profits rose 51% from year earlier to ¥255.9 billion ($1.9 billion) for the nine-month fiscal period. Unit sales were up 2.9% to 1,940,000 vehicles in the nine-month period. Honda attributes the gains to strong demand for its Fit and Stream models in Japan; the continuing success of the Accord, Civic, Odyssey and Acura MDX in North America; and the ...

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