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Honda Motor Co. plans to double production of four-wheel vehicles in Brazil to meet a sales target of 50,000 vehicles by 2003, Koichi Kondo, president of Honda’s Brazilian unit, said Monday.

Kondo, president of Honda Automotiveis do Brasil Ltd., told reporters at a Honda manufacturing plant in Sumare, about 100 km northwest of Sao Paulo, that Honda plans to meet the sales target by gearing up local production of the vehicles to 80 percent.

Honda produced 20,628 Civic sedans at the Sumare plant last year, up 14.5 percent from the previous year.

Kondo said Honda plans to raise its output of the Civic at Sumare to 25,000 units this year and to import the midsize Accord sedan from Mexico, starting with 600 vehicles this year.

The local unit is also studying the feasibility of producing 1,000cc-class subcompacts in Brazil, Kondo said.

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