As we wrap up the year, Honda is going to finish 2016 with the two best-selling cars, the best-selling SUV, and the best-selling minivan with retail buyers. That's right, the Civic and Accord (car), CR-V (SUV) and Odyssey (minivan) will all be tops in retail sales in their respective segments. This will be the fourth straight year Honda can claim America's most popular car, SUV and minivan.
Honda Calls It Early
Honda is going to end the year with these top-selling vehicles with individual American car buyers and it wasn't particularly close. The automaker called the race with 11 days left in the year.
This is retail sales, which means no bulk fleet sales are included and only dealer-to-consumer transactions are counted. Honda has never posted large fleet numbers, but they are doing just fine with individual buyers.
"We want to thank our customers for the trust they've placed in Honda, which is the basis for everything we do," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Retail sales are the results of customers voting with their wallets and pocketbooks, and we think that's the only true measure of customer demand and product appeal."
Projecting their year-end retail sales, Honda expects the following achievements:
- -The Civic, America's best-selling car with retail buyers, is set to post its all-time best sales performance in its 44-year history.
- -The second best-selling car, the Accord, is on track for its fourth consecutive year of being the top retail selling midsize car.
- -The CR-V will post its seventh straight year of sales gains and it remains America's best-selling SUV over the past 21 years.
- -For the seventh consecutive year, the Odyssey will be the best-selling minivan in terms of retail sales.
Furthermore, after full-size pickups, Honda expects the Civic, CR-V and Accord to be the three highest-selling vehicles with retail buyers. Also, 2016 marks the fifth straight year that those three vehicles will combine for sales that top one million units.
It will also be Honda's third straight year of record sales. Total Honda Division car and light truck sales are up 4.5% through the end of November.
Don't expect Honda's momentum to slow in the New Year, either. The automaker has big plans for 2017 with:
- -The launch of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey, which will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
- -A full year of sales of the all-new, fifth-generation 2017 CR-V, which just hit showrooms a few days before Christmas.
- -The addition of the Si Coupe, Si Sedan, and Type R variants of the tenth-generation Honda Civic.
- -The introduction of the Clarity Battery Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.
While final sales figures won't be available until January, Honda is confident that these rankings will hold true based on the figures to date.