Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
TORRANCE, Calif., — American Honda Motor Co. Inc. reported this week June 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 129,023 units, 117,817 of which were Honda models while 11,206 were Acura vehicles.
Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 739,436 units.
Honda’s core models — Accord, Civic and CR-V— continue to set the retail pace through the first half of 2014, with the Civic up 8.7 percent and Accord increasing 2.1 percent in June.
However, retail consumers appeared to take a breath last month coupled with an unusually short number of selling days, the shortest June in five years.
• Bucking a recent market shift toward sport utility vehicles, Civic is up 8.7 percent in June and 5.3 percent for the first six months of 2014 — its best such period in a decade.
• Accord sales rose 2.1 percent in June.
• CR-V, the industry’s most popular SUV, posted a year-to-date gain of 6.1 percent for its best-ever 6-month sales performance
• Despite low inventory as supply ramps up, the all-new 2015 Fit is driving new traffic at Honda dealerships
“Despite an easing of the pace in June, the larger sales trend throughout the industry remains robust,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “Our core products remain strong and though we’re still filling its supply pipeline, the new 2015 Fit is selling very well and we expect it to add yet another strong pillar to Honda sales in the near future.”
Overall Acura sales continue to reflect the decreasing supply of TL and TSX models as the company prepares for launch of the 2015 TLX line of luxury performance sedans later this summer. With an unprecedented first half of the year, MDX and RDX continue to sell at a near record pace, pushing Acura light truck sales up 6.1 percent for the month.
• Acura truck sales rise 6.1 percent in June.
• MDX June sales rose 27.7 percent on sales of 4,890 units.
• Posting its best-ever six-month sales performance, the Acura MDX led the division with sales of 30,644 units, an increase 68.4 percent over last year
“The MDX and RDX had a stellar first half of the year, certainly a good indicator that the Acura brand is moving in a strong direction,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “While we expected the reduced supply of sedans to impact sales this summer, the upcoming launch of the all-new 2015 TLX lineup heralds a new era for the Acura brand.”