The American Honda Automobile Division posted U.S. sales increases for two of its most popular nameplates, the CR-V and Accord, but a double-digit decline for the Civic resulted in a 0.4 percent drop overall last month. Acura deliveries rose for a seventh consecutive month.
In 2018, Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of General Motors' North American production for the first time. That proportion will rise further if the company goes through with plans to end production at three car-assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada this year.
For years, Janesville, Wis., refused to give up on the General Motors plant that closed in 2008. GM, after all, promised that the plant might reopen once the economy turned. But that good news never came.
Higher fleet deliveries, low unemployment, tax reform and Tesla's rapid production ramp-up are among the reasons that U.S. light-vehicle sales likely increased in 2018, even in the face of lower retail volume and rising interest rates and vehicle prices, analysts say.