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American Honda places $100 million order for Greenbrier's Auto-Max cars


The Greenbrier Cos. has landed its most lucrative sale of Auto-Max™ cars: a $100 million order from American Honda Motor Co. Inc. The number of cars ordered wasn’t disclosed.

Greenbrier plans to build the recently redesigned deep-well, articulated Auto-Max cars on one full production line. The double-stack cars are designed to provide loading versatility, offer high train densities, prevent vehicle damage and improve ride quality. Featuring adjustable extra-wide decks, the cars can carry most sports utility and cross-over vehicles, compact pickups and minivans in a tri-level (or three-high) configuration.

“American Honda has been a leading user and proponent of Auto-Max technology since we first introduced the railcar in 1999,” said Greenbrier President and Chief Executive Officer William Furman in a prepared statement. “There is significant customer interest in Auto-Max, and we anticipate additional orders for production in 2007 and beyond.”

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