LOS ANGELES -- American Honda Motor Co. posted a 10 percent gain in June sales, to 136,915 units, buoyed by strong showings by the Accord and Civic, as well as its light truck offerings, the company said today.
While the Honda brand climbed 13 percent to 123,150, sales at the Acura luxury division declined 10 percent to 13,765, despite the 14th straight month of record RDX crossover sales.
The Honda Odyssey, Pilot and CR-V all showed double-digit percentage increases, with the CR-V reporting its best June ever and the Pilot having its best June since 2005. All three light trucks, plus the Fit subcompact hatchback, posted their best monthly results of 2013.
On the car side, Accord sales topped 30,000 units for the fourth straight month, with a 10 percent gain in June. Sales of the restyled 2013 Civic increased 8 percent over last year, when Honda had huge lease deals on the decontented 2012 model.
"Honda was firing on all cylinders," John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales, said in a release. "Our goal for 2013 is to be the leader in retail sales" in the segments where all four of Honda's highest-volume models -- the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey -- compete.
"These solid results further showcase Honda's pure, market-driven momentum achieved by customers choosing Honda vehicles one at a time rather than relying on fleet sales to drive volume," he said.
At Acura, sales of the aging TL slid 36 percent and those of the TSX sedans 34 percent, driving down the brand's results. Despite its slow sales, the TSX still outsold the entry-luxury ILX sedan that was launched to replace it. The perennial volume-leading MDX was transitioning to its redesigned 2014 edition, resulting in a 25 percent drop.
Despite Acura's slow month, it still outsold Audi, which had its best June ever. The June totals pushed American Honda's first-half U.S. sales to a 6 percent gain, to 745,578.