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Sales of Ohio built Honda vehicles up so far this year
BRANDON KLEIN, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
The majority of Honda vehicle models built at the Marysville Auto Plant saw their sales increase last month, according to new figures released.
The Honda Accord, which has been built in Marysville since 1982, had a 5 percent increase in sales in March with 25,371 vehicles sold, compared to 24,171 vehicles sold in March 2018. Year-to-date sales for the mid-size car increased 4.6 percent for the month.
The Honda CR-V, also built in Marysville, had a less than a half of a percent decrease in sales with 31,824 vehicles sold last month compared with 31,868 vehicles sold in March 2018.
But year-to-date sales for the compact SUV were 6.4 percent higher than last year.
"Honda's record March sales was led by Accord and Civic, as Honda cars were big contributors, even as trucks also set a new March record with strong sales for HR-V, CR-V and Ridgeline," the company said in a statement.
On the other hand, the plant's Acura brands experienced mixed results. While the ILX model experienced a 41.3 percent increase in sales last month, the TLX model saw a 21.7 percent decrease. The ILX and RDX models' sales drove Acura's best March sales in five years, the company said.
The automaker sold 1,289 ILX vehicles last month compared to 912 vehicles in March 2018.
Honda sold 3,141 TLX vehicles last month compared with 4,014 in March 2018. Year-to-date sales for the ILX increased 27.1 percent last month, while such sales for the TLX decreased 21.6 percent.
Overall, Honda sold 148,509 vehicles last month in the United States compared to 142,392 vehicles in March 2018, a 4.1 percent increase.
Total car sales increased 4.1 percent with 70,420 vehicles sold last month compared with 67,633 vehicles sold in March 2018.
Total truck sales increased 4.5 percent with 78,089 vehicles sold last month compared with 74,759 in March 2018.
Year-to-date sales for total cars decreased 0.9 percent, while total truck sales increased 4.5 percent.
"Our investment in benchmark products for both Honda and Acura has put us in position to achieve strong sales results, even in a challenging market," said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division, in a statement. "While some competitors are using fleet sales to boost their numbers in this relatively flat market, our gains across the board are driven by retail customers buying our products one at a time."
Total domestic car sales were down 2.3 percent last month as total import car sales increased 46.2 percent on an annual basis in March. Total domestic truck sales decreased 0.8 percent, while there 3,958 import truck sales last month (there were no import trucks last year).
The Honda division sold 134,101 vehicles compared with 128,855 vehicles sold in March 2018, a 4.1 percent increase. The Acura division sold 14,408 vehicles compared with 13,537 vehicles in March 2018, a 6.4 percent increase.
Date Published: April 22, 2019