LOS ANGELES -- Stoked by record April results for the Honda CR-V and Acura RDX compact crossovers, American Honda sales increased 7 percent to 130,999 units last month.
Honda Division sales advanced 7 percent to 117,100 units; volume at the Acura brand increased 14 percent to 13,899 units.
With inventories of the restyled 2013 Civic now full, sales of Honda's compact car increased 8 percent to 26,453 units. Sales of the Accord slipped 5 percent, to 33,538 units, but that was compared with monstrous April results last year -- and was still enough for it to be the industry's best-selling passenger car for the month.
On the truck side, the Odyssey and Pilot showed strong sales increases of 13 and 20 percent, respectively.
Honda also resumed exporting larger quantities of the Japan-built Fit to the U.S. market, resulting in a sales gain of 34 percent for the subcompact last month.
"The April sales record for the CR-V exemplifies the incredible retail sales success of Honda's core models," John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales, said in a statement. "The Accord and Civic also continue to resonate, one customer at a time, with overall year-to-date sales well ahead of last year."
On the Acura side, RDX sales more than doubled compared with last year's sell-down total. The RDX hit an all-time record of 4,088 units and has become Acura's volume leader this year. Sales of the MDX, Acura's perennial volume leader and now in sell-down mode before a redesign, declined 27 percent to 2,877 units.
Because production of the entry-luxury ILX sedan has been trimmed to boost output of the Civic -- the two models are built on the same assembly line in Indiana -- ILX inventories are tightening, with sales below 2,000 units in April. The TL mid-sized sedan was Acura's best-selling car, with sales flat at 2,959 units.
Sales of the RLX flagship totaled 400 units in an abbreviated launch month.