Sales at American Honda dipped 2.4 percent in August as tight inventories of its popular light trucks continue to hamper its retail efforts.
The automaker sold 146,015 total vehicles in August, putting it down 0.5 percent on the year overall.
The Honda division was down 1.8 percent in August to 132,883 vehicles. Those losses came largely from its light trucks; the compact CR-V crossover was down a full 15 percent to 30,960 sales; the Odyssey minivan slipped 13 percent to 8,709 units; and the Ridgeline pickup fell 24 percent to 2,610 sales.
Honda's only bright spot in its light-truck lineup was the subcompact HR-V crossover (up 27 percent to 9,603 vehicles) and the midsize Pilot crossover (up 3.2 percent to 9,568 vehicles).
Honda cars bucked the industry trend of declining sales, largely thanks to the Civic. The compact car was up 11 percent in August to 36,482 units. The subcompact Fit tumbled 9.7 percent to 4,850 sales while the midsize Accord was essentially flat at 30,019 units.
Honda Motor Co.'s average incentive per new vehicle rose 37 percent to $2,226 last month compared to $1,620 in August 2016, ALG estimates.
The Acura luxury division ended three straight months of gains with a 7.8 percent decline in August to 13,132 total vehicle sales. The brand is now down 5.4 percent overall on the year to 101,180 sales.
Most of Acura's losses in August were due to its car lineup, which plunged 20 percent overall. The TLX midsize sedan -- Acura's volume car -- dropped 33 percent for the month to 2,410 units. The midsize RLX fell 6.8 percent to just 110 cars total, while the compact ILX was the lone bright spot as it rose 18 percent to 1,380 units.
On the crossover side of Acura, gains by the compact RDX were offset by losses by the larger MDX. The RDX -- now Acura's volume model -- was up 11 percent to 4,679 sales while the MDX was down 12 percent to 4,532 sales.