Honda launches U.S.-made cars in Japan

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TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. will sell two new luxury sedans made in the U.S., called the Inspire and Saber, in Japan from October 17.

The new Inspire/Saber series was developed by Honda R&D Americas Inc. and comes with either a 3.2 liter or 2.5 liter V-6 engine. Honda is estimating sales of 2,500 units a month for the series, which has a top retail price of $27,000 with other models selling for $24,125 and $22,000.

Honda says it's producing the cars in the U.S. in order to better meet the demands of the more lucrative luxury car market in North America and Europe. The cars contain 98% locally produced parts from the U.S.

The Inspire and Saber are already in the U.S. market, where they are sold under the Accra TL name.

Honda was the first Japanese car company to set up manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and it was also the first to export U.S. made cars to Japan.

Copyright October 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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