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HondaJet overtakes Cessna as top-selling small business jet in 2017

Japanese plane maker beats US rival for first time, nearly doubling sales to 43

Honda Motor says it wants to make the HondaJet a flag bearer for its brand. (Courtesy of Honda)

TOKYO -- Honda Motor delivered 43 of its business jets, the HondaJet, to customers in 2017, up 20 from a year before, becoming the top-selling model for the first time by beating out U.S. rival Cessna Aircraft.

Cessna delivered 39 of its mainstay Citation M2 jets during the year.

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