More Fits Are Go
Auto production usually follows a supply-and-demand curve, but Honda’s already increasing the number of 2009 Fit subcompacts it’s bringing to the U.S before the car even goes on sale.
Honda had planned to build 60,000 examples of the all-new 2009 Fit for U.S. consumption, but has since bumped that figure up to 80,000 units.; As Honda has the capacity to build nearly 500,000 Fits annually, the American market will now account for nearly a fifth of that total.
The jump in production is triggered by the spike in demand for the current model.; In the first quarter of 2008, Fit sales jumped 64 percent.; As customers continue to shift to small, fuel-efficient vehicles, the Fit (rated at 28/34 city/highway mpg when equipped with a five-speed manual) continues to gain popularity.; Dealers are scrambling to keep the outgoing model in stock, but in many cases, they must start waiting lists for the cars.
The redesigned 2009 Fit arrives on our shores October 1.; If oil prices remain extraordinarily high, so too will demand for the new car.
Source: Automotive News