Honda released the results of their worldwide new car sales (four wheelers) for April through June of this year on August 1. Numbers showed a growth of 4.5% compared to the same period from last year, coming in at 1,267,000 new cars sold around the globe.
In terms of market by market, the main proponent of Honda sales was that of North America, with 481,000 new cars sold. Compared with the same timeframe last year, this represents a drop of 5.7%. SUVs did well, especially thanks to the new model CR-V having been released. However, the drop in sedan sales rang true throughout the North American sales figures.
What did better than North America was the Asian market, which saw 523,000 new cars sold. A massive double digit 15.4% increase over the same period last year. The impact of Civic and the new Avancier in China as well as bringing the WR-V to India helped to boost these figures up.
Japan also saw a return to form, bringing up sales by 7.5% with a total number of 157,000 new cars. On the other hand, however, was Europe, which stalled out at 42,000 units, a 6.7% drop which continues the trend for that market.
In terms of worldwide new car sales for 2016, Honda sold 5,028,000 units, a 6% increase compared with 2015 figures.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Bryce Clarke)