Honda Motor Co. Ltd. says global 2005 automobile sales are up 5% from last year to 3.35 million units, a new record for the auto maker. Sales in the U.S. are forecast at 1.45 million units, a 4% increase over 2004. Honda expects the new Fit subcompact, debuting in the spring, and the new Acura RD-X small cross/utility vehicle to contribute to 2006 sales. European sales are expected to hit 285,000 units, an 11% jump from last year. Honda says the new Civic 5-door hatchback launching early ...

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