Honda sales climb in March

By Megan Henry - The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Honda sales rose 4.1 percent in March from a year ago with 134,101 sales. Of those, 65,829 were cars and 68,272 were trucks. The Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V led the Japanese automaker’s March sales.

Sales of the Accord, made in Marysville, rose 5 percent to 25,371 sales. The CR-V, manufactured in Marysville and East Liberty, had sales of 31,824, flat from a year ago. Sales of the Civic rose 3.3. percent to 33,653.

In its second month on the market, the Honda Passport reported 2,840 sales. The SUV has so far sold 4,814 vehicles since going on sale in February.

“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,” Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division, said in a news release. “Our gains across the board are driven by retail customers buying our products one at a time.”

Acura reported sales of 14,408 vehicles in March, up 6.4 percent from last March. Of those, 4,591 were cars and 9,817 were trucks.

The RDX led Acura sales with 5,835, up 32.7 percent. The RDX is made in East Liberty, along with the MDX which sold 3,982 vehicles in March.

On the sedan side, sales of the ILX, which was redesigned in the fall, climbed 41.3 percent to 1,289 vehicles, while TLX sales dropped 21.7 percent to 3,141. Both the ILX and the TLX are made in Marysville.

By Megan Henry

The Columbus Dispatch

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