Strong sales of the CR-V crossover and Civic compact propelled American Honda Motor Co. to its first monthly U.S. sales increase since April.
Honda Division sold 74,628 vehicles last month, up 9 percent from January 2011. Acura Division gained 5 percent to 8,381 vehicles. Combined sales totaled 83,009 units, up 9 percent from January 2011.
Solid numbers for Honda Division's biggest volume vehicles were enough to offset sales declines for nearly every other nameplate in the Honda Division lineup.
Honda's redesigned CR-V had its best January, Honda said, with sales of 18,960 units, up 16 percent from last year. Civic sales increased 50 percent in January from last year to 21,883 units. Accord sales gained 2 percent.
The Ridgeline, with a 46 percent sales increase to 1,245 units, was the only other Honda Division vehicle with a sales gain last month.
Among vehicles with sales declines, Fit sales fell 11 percent, Insight sales dropped 68 percent, Odyssey sales dipped 2 percent and Pilot sales declined 5 percent.
John Mendel, American Honda's vice president of sales, credited the overall sales growth to assembly plants returning to full production. Honda vehicle production was disrupted for much of the fourth quarter by floods in Thailand last year.
"Honda's return to full strength on the manufacturing front is already beginning to pay dividends on the sales floor," Mendel said in a statement.
Last year, Honda production also was slowed by the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.