On January 3, American Honda announced its U.S. sales results for 2017. Total sales grew for the third year in a row, rising 0.2% year on year to a record 1,641,429 units.
Honda brand vehicles comprised 1,486,827 units of this total, a 0.7% yoy improvement from a year ago.
Sales of Honda brand passenger cars were led by the Accord, despite its continued decline to 322,655 units, a 6.5% decrease. The Fit also fell 12.7% from the previous year to 49,454 units. The Civic continued its success, rising 2.8% to 377,286 units, as it exceeded the Accord in unit sales.
Leading the light truck series, which includes SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans, was the CR-V as it grew for the second straight year, rising 5.8% to 377,895 units. The Pilot midsize SUV moved back into the black, improving 5.4% to 127,279 units.
Sales of the North American Odyssey, which differs from the Japanese model, continued to decline, dropping 17% to 100,307 units. Meanwhile, the HR-V (the Vezel, in Japan), which was introduced in spring 2015, continued to rise, climbing 14.6% to 94,034 units.
Written by: Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by: Masayuki Shikata)