Honda posts modest price increases on Accord, Civic

In pricing its best-selling vehicles, Honda served notice that it will be just as tough in the 2002 model year as it has been in the past.

The Japanese giant posted increases of $100 to $200 on its volume-leading Accord coupes and sedans and only $50 to $100 on its runner-up Civic line. The Accord and the Civic account for 73 percent of Honda's U.S. sales.

Elsewhere in pricing, Nissan placed stickers on its all-new Altima. The car is bigger; the prices are higher.

American Honda Motor Co. said the Accord and Civic are up an average of 0.6 percent. That's $100 for the Accord and half that much for the Civic.

Also priced last week were the Odyssey minivan, up $350, or 1.4 percent, and the Passport sport-utility, up $300, or 1.2 percent. Those lines bring Honda 14 percent of its U.S. sales.

The Altima is Nissan's most important 2002 vehicle. It's bigger than its predecessor and offers a new 2.5-liter, 175-hp V-6 engine. Prices range from $16,889 for the 2.5 four-door to $23,689 for the3.5 SE V-6 four-door with automatic transmission.

The price range for the 2001 Altima was $15,680 to $20,930. All prices in this story include the destination charge.

You can reach John K. Teahen Jr. at autonews@crain.com

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