Honda sues over AutoNation plan

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American Honda Motor Co. filed a federal court suit against Republic Industries to stop what it said is Republic's plan to acquire multiple Honda and Acura dealerships in major U.S. markets. American Honda charged Republic's objective is to create a brand image for its AutoNation car dealer chain that would piggyback on, and potentially devalue, the Honda and Acura brands. American Honda said Republic's stated plan is to acquire more than 60 Honda and Acura dealerships in the next 18 months, which would represent nearly 20% of American Honda's sales volume.

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