Honda records sharp rise in sales

Japanese auto maker Honda saw a significant growth in sales of its motorcycle range last year, with its market share in January 2011 touching a four-year high, figures have shown.

Three of the company's two-wheelers made it to the top ten in the 2010 sales charts, as sales grew 82.5% in January this year despite the cold weather.

The super-cheap CBF125 was the top-selling bike for the second year in a row, as the Fireblade and VFR1200 sports tourer also followed closely in demand last year.

The company sold 868 vehicles and occupied 23% of market share in January - marking its highest marketing share for more than four years. The performance is impressive considering the dull economic climate and rising competition in the auto sector.

Several other bikes from Honda led their categories last month.

Steve Martindale, General Manager of Honda (UK) Motorcycles said: "We're very pleased to have ended 2010 with three of Honda's great machines in the top ten of the sales chart and the CBF125 as the top seller for the second year running."

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