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Trucks Deliver October Sales Records for AHM, Honda and Acura Brands as Sales Rise Across Divisions

  • Honda brand sets new October sales record with an 8% gain; trucks gain 17.5% and a new October mark 
  • Honda CR-V nets new October record and cumulative sales top 5 million 
  • Honda HR-V sets a new all-time monthly record with sales of over 10,000 units
  • Acura trucks set October record as division nets 2.4% gain


“With the Honda CR-V topping the 5 million cumulative sales mark to reaffirm its position as the best-selling crossover for over two decades, it’s fitting that Honda crossover and light truck models led Honda to an all-time October sales record
,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “Both the Honda and Acura brands are marching forward as we head into the final two months of the year on pace to see American Honda post a sales increase for 2019.”

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

The harvest moon shone brightly on Honda sales, with new October overall and truck sales records and cumulative CR-V sales cresting 5 million. Several models made major gains with trucks leading the way as HR-V set an all-time monthly record and CR-V a new October mark. Civic and Fit also made major gains.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, jumping 104% on sales of 10,130 units.
  • CR-V sales climb 20% on sales of 33,344 for a new October record.
  • Fit gained a whopping 204% while Civic gained 5% and Accord topped 21,000 deliveries.
  • Odyssey now holds an incredible 42% share of the minivan segment with October sales of over 7,800 units.

Model Notes

Honda is the retail best-selling passenger car brand in America in 2019 – with Fit, Civic, Insight and Accord #1 or #2 in their respective segments — gaining the most share of any mainstream brand this year.

 

Honda has led the industry in sales to under-35-year-old buyers since 2010, with Civic and Accord the #1 and #2 cars, CR-V the #1 CUV/SUV and Odyssey the #1 minivan

 

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Honda Conducting Research with American Electric Power to Develop 2nd Life for Used EV Batteries

  • Automaker and utility will study the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles
  • Project seeks to provide 2nd life for used EV batteries, critical to future expansion of EVs

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations, Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system.

The project seeks to address multiple challenges related to the expansion of EVs, including the repurposing of used EV batteries, the expected impact of EV demand and renewable energy on the nation’s utility operators and the integration of EV batteries as a storage solution for the electric grid.

The increasing volume of EVs has the potential to strain the power grid, including spikes in demand during early evening hours when drivers plug in their EVs after work. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources.

“Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”

Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

“AEP is focused on building a smarter, cleaner energy grid and putting in place new technologies that will benefit our customers. We are excited about the possibilities of this collaboration as we work to create the energy system for the future,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s vice president of Innovation and Technology.

AEP and Honda will jointly gain knowledge and expertise from the pilot project that will help both companies to develop technology and standards for future vehicle grid integration, as well as new business models to improve the value of EVs.

The Honda Fit EV launched in 2012 with a fuel economy of 118 MPGe. The lease-only vehicle gained a loyal following among passionate EV customers. Although replaced by the Honda Clarity family of electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric, the Fit EV’s durable battery will continue to support Honda’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through its 2nd life in the vehicle grid integration project.

Honda has set a voluntary goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations by 50 percent by 2050 compared to the year 2000, and toward this goal has announced plans to electrify two-thirds of its fleet by 2030. In addition to producing zero emission vehicles, the company is developing vehicle grid integration solutions, including the beta Honda SmartChargeTM program, which incentivizes Honda EV customers to charge their vehicles when more renewable energy resources are online. At CES 2019, Honda introduced its prototype Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for Honda customers.

About Honda 
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for Our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America. Seeking to further minimize its carbon footprint, Honda is actively deploying renewable energy throughout its operations, including wind and solar.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is committed to promoting more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

About AEP
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with more than 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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Honda Fit, CR-V and Odyssey Win 2019 ‘Best Cars for the Money’ Awards from U.S. News & World Report

Honda has won three U.S. News & World Report 2019 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards, including a fifth consecutive award for the Honda Fit, a third straight year for CR-V and a second for Odyssey.

Honda vehicles took home top honors in the following categories:

  • Best Subcompact Car for the Money: 2019 Honda Fit
  • Best Compact SUV for the Money: 2019 Honda CR-V
  • Best Minivan for the Money: 2019 Honda Odyssey

For the awards, which are a measure of the best combination of quality and value, U.S. News & World Report uses data from their own vehicle rankings plus other credible sources to assess quality plus pricing information from TrueCar to determine average transaction prices. More information about the 2019 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards from U.S. News & World Report can be found at https://www.usnews.com/cars-money.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey lineup minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

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Honda Named 2019 ‘Best Value in America: Passenger Car Brand’ by Vincentric with 2019 Honda Fit, Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Topping their Categories

Honda has been named 2019 “Best Value in America” in the Passenger Car category by automotive analysis firm Vincentric in their annual “Best Value in America” awards. Together with the overall passenger car award, the 2019 Honda Fit won in the Subcompact Hatchback category, the 2019 Accord Hybrid topped the Hybrid segment and the 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid beat out all competition as the best Electric/Plug-in Hybrid.

Winners of the Vincentric awards are determined by a cost of ownership analysis that factors depreciation, fuel and maintenance costs plus other factors. More information about the Vincentric 2019 “Best Value in America” awards can be found at vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards.

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2019 Honda Pilot, Accord, Odyssey and Fit Achieve ALG Top Retained Value Ratings

Honda today announced the 2019 Honda Fit, 2019 Honda Accord, 2019 Honda Odyssey and 2019 Honda Pilot have each received Residual Value Awards from ALG, with each vehicle predicted to lead its segment in retained value after three years of ownership.

All Honda Pilot trims received extensive updates for 2019, and its revised front and rear styling, standard Honda Sensing®, an updated Display Audio system, and significant revisions to the 9-speed automatic transmission for improved drivability, helped give it the win in the Midsize Utility 3-Row category. Accord was all-new last year, and retains its winning spot in ALG’s Midsize Car category thanks to its class-above technology, safety, and driving dynamics. The Honda Odyssey also retains its top spot in the Minivan category thanks to features such as the multi-configurable Magic Slide second-row seats™, CabinWatch® and CabinTalk™, and available Honda Sensing®. Finally, the 2019 Fit returns for the fifth year in a row, winning the Subcompact Car thanks in part to the unparalleled cargo and passenger flexibility of its 2nd-row Magic Seat®.

For more information about the updated 2019 Honda Pilot, please visit: hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/pilot. For details on the 2019 Honda Accord please visit: hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/accord. More information on the family-friendly 2019 Odyssey can be found at: hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/odyssey. And additional details on the 2018 Fit are at: hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/fit.

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2019 Honda Fit Earns 2018 U.S. News and World Report ‘Best Car for Teens under $20,000’ Award

The 2019 Honda Fit won the U.S. News and World Report “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,000” award. The Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, available on all trims and standard on EX and above, was recognized as adding an important level of peace of mind for parents. Honda Sensing® includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). In addition to Honda Sensing®, the 2019 Fit was lauded for its superior crash test scores, excellent interior space and flexibility, fuel economy and long-term reliability.

U.S. News and World Report picks cars it feels have the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five differerent price brackets.

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2019 Honda Fit Earns 2018 U.S. News and World Report ‘Best Car for Teens under $20,000’ Award

The 2019 Honda Fit won the U.S. News and World Report “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,000” award. The Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, available on all trims and standard on EX and above, was recognized as adding an important level of peace of mind for parents. Honda Sensing® includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). In addition to Honda Sensing®, the 2019 Fit was lauded for its superior crash test scores, excellent interior space and flexibility, fuel economy and long-term reliability.

U.S. News and World Report picks cars it feels have the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five differerent price brackets.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2018 Honda Civic and Fit Ranked as ‘Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest new Cars Under $20,000 for 2018’

As a testament to their combination of youthful style, impressive feature content, and sporty driving dynamics, the 2018 Civic and 2018 Fit have both been named as “10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000” by the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book.

The award recognizes vehicles that offer comfort, style and driving excitement at an affordable price. Of the Civic, the editors at Kelley Blue Book stated, “The Civic is a well-rounded car offered as a sedan or coupe that’s comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive.” For the Fit, Kelley Blue Book’s editors noted, “This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV. The combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes the Fit a hard car to resist.”

More information about the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000” award can be found at www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/coolest-new-cars-under-20000.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2018 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Functional: 2019 Honda Fit Arrives in Showrooms

  • Fit stands out as the clear segment leader with a fun-to-drive character, exceptional people- and cargo-hauling versatility, and premium feature content
  • With available Honda Sensing®, Fit is among the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Auto High-Beams added to Honda Sensing®-equipped models

The fun, versatile and stylish 2019 Honda Fit begins arriving at dealerships nationwide on April 30 with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $16,190 (excluding $890 destination and handling), unchanged from the previous model year. The 2019 Fit continues to boast unparalleled versatility, premium feature content and a playful, city-friendly demeanor – particularly with its standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

The 2019 Fit lineup includes the affordable-yet well-equipped Fit LX, aggressively styled Fit Sport, the upgraded Fit EX, and leather-lined Fit EX-L. With available Honda Sensing®, the 2019 Fit provides one of the most robust suites of advanced driver-assistive and safety technology packages in the subcompact car segment. Better yet, Fit LX models equipped with Honda Sensing® start under $18,0001.

Combined to either a slick-shifting 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT2), Fit’s 1.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC™ engine produces a peak output of up to 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2019 Fit carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 29/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined)3 for the manual transmission, and 33/40/36 mpg for CVT models.

2019 Fit Pricing & EPA Data

Trim Transmission MSRP
MSRP Including $890 Destination EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)4
LX 6MT $16,190 $17,080 29 / 36 / 31
LX CVT $16,990 $17,880 33 / 40 / 36
LX w/ Honda Sensing® CVT $17,990 $18,880 33 / 40 / 36
Sport 6MT $17,500 $18,390 29 / 36 / 31
Sport CVT $18,300 $19,190 31 / 36 / 33
Sport w/ Honda Sensing® CVT $19,300 $20,190 31 / 36 / 33
EX 6MT $18,160 $19,050 29 / 36 / 31
EX CVT $18,960 $19,850 31 / 36 / 33
EX-L CVT $20,520 $21,410 31 / 36 / 33
EX-L w/ Navi CVT $21,520 $22,410 31 / 36 / 33

Standard features on all Fit models include rearview camera, liftgate spoiler, auto on-off headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth®, and a multi-function center console.

Fit’s vibrant palette of exterior color consists of eight choices: Helios Yellow Pearl, Orange Fury, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, and new Platinum White Pearl.

The Honda Fit continues to blend fun-to-drive performance with outstanding fuel efficiency, comfort, and safety in a high-quality, affordable package. Clever packaging, such as the fuel tank mounted underneath the front-row seats, gives the 2019 Fit unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

For the latest in-vehicle connectivity experience, Sport models and up include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration through a high-resolution, 7-inch touchscreen. The available Honda Sensing® suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and new Auto High-Beams.

What’s New for 2019?

  • Auto High-Beams added to Honda Sensing-equipped models
  • New Platinum Pearl White exterior color replaces White Orchid Pearl

Honda Fits for the U.S. market are manufactured in North America, at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico plant.

More Information
Additional media information including high-resolution photography and video of the 2019 Honda Fit is available at www.hondanews.com/channels/fit. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/fit. To join the Fit community on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/hondafit.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, nearly 93% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2018 Honda Accord, Civic and Fit Win New York Daily News Auto Awards

Honda’s trifecta of passenger cars, the 2018 Accord, Civic and Fit were all awarded 2018 New York Daily News Auto Awards (DNA). The all-new and spacious Accord won the Best Family Car, the 10th-generation of the best selling and iconic Civic received the Best Small Car award, and the refreshed and incredibly versitle Fit was named Best City Car.

To determin the winners, the Daily News Autos expert team of writers, editors and contributors consider the various lifestyles, requirements and intentions of New York vehicle shoppers and come up with the best vehicles in each segment.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2018 Honda models is available at hondanews.com.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, nearly 93% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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