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Trucks Deliver October Sales Records for AHM, Honda and Acura Brands as Sales Rise Across Divisions

  • Honda brand sets new October sales record with an 8% gain; trucks gain 17.5% and a new October mark 
  • Honda CR-V nets new October record and cumulative sales top 5 million 
  • Honda HR-V sets a new all-time monthly record with sales of over 10,000 units
  • Acura trucks set October record as division nets 2.4% gain


“With the Honda CR-V topping the 5 million cumulative sales mark to reaffirm its position as the best-selling crossover for over two decades, it’s fitting that Honda crossover and light truck models led Honda to an all-time October sales record
,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “Both the Honda and Acura brands are marching forward as we head into the final two months of the year on pace to see American Honda post a sales increase for 2019.”

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

The harvest moon shone brightly on Honda sales, with new October overall and truck sales records and cumulative CR-V sales cresting 5 million. Several models made major gains with trucks leading the way as HR-V set an all-time monthly record and CR-V a new October mark. Civic and Fit also made major gains.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, jumping 104% on sales of 10,130 units.
  • CR-V sales climb 20% on sales of 33,344 for a new October record.
  • Fit gained a whopping 204% while Civic gained 5% and Accord topped 21,000 deliveries.
  • Odyssey now holds an incredible 42% share of the minivan segment with October sales of over 7,800 units.

Model Notes

Honda is the retail best-selling passenger car brand in America in 2019 – with Fit, Civic, Insight and Accord #1 or #2 in their respective segments — gaining the most share of any mainstream brand this year.

 

Honda has led the industry in sales to under-35-year-old buyers since 2010, with Civic and Accord the #1 and #2 cars, CR-V the #1 CUV/SUV and Odyssey the #1 minivan

 

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. For the awards, Car and Driver tested vehicles’ unique attributes for their respective segments, including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2019 Ridgeline excels in each of those areas due to its unique unibody construction and extent of standard and available features.

The Ridgeline utilizes a highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unibody structure that delivers up to three times the torsional rigidity of competing body-on-frame trucks. The chassis features fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and combined with the body structure provides vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision along with the top-in-class cabin quietness.

Along with excellent drivability and NVH characteristics, the 2019 Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in its class along with robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities. That includes a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584-pound (718.5 kg), and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing, giving Ridgeline a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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Five Honda Models Earn 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

With a win in every vehicle type Honda produces—electrified vehicle, passenger car, SUV, minivan and pickup truck—the brand won multiple accolades in the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards. The all-new 2019 Insight plus 2019 Civic, HR-V and Odyssey were top-ranked in their respective segments with the 2019 Ridgeline included in the top 10 for Best Overall Resale Value.

The 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards honor automakers’ outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years (60 months) of new-vehicle ownership, a very good indicator of a model’s overall value-retention ability.

Honda’s 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award winners are:

  • Best Resale Value: Hybrid Car – 2019 Honda Insight
  • Best Resale Value: Compact Car – 2019 Honda Civic
  • Best Resale Value: Subcompact SUV/Crossover – 2019 Honda HR-V
  • Best Resale Value: Minivan – 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Resale Value: Top 10 – 2019 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. For the awards, Car and Driver tested vehicles’ unique attributes for their respective segments, including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2019 Ridgeline excels in each of those areas due to its unique unibody construction and extent of standard and available features.

The Ridgeline utilizes a highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unibody structure that delivers up to three times the torsional rigidity of competing body-on-frame trucks. The chassis features fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and combined with the body structure provides vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision along with the top-in-class cabin quietness.

Along with excellent drivability and NVH characteristics, the 2019 Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in its class along with robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities. That includes a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584-pound (718.5 kg), and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing, giving Ridgeline a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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Trucks and Electrified Vehicles Spark Strong October Sales for American Honda

  • American Honda trucks gain 6.5% to set new October record
  • Honda electrified vehicles have best month on record, exceeding 6,000 retail sales for second month in a row
  • Honda Pilot sales climb 31% for best October sales; Odyssey rises 15%
  • Acura trucks set new October record, gaining 15%
  • Acura RDX records best October and second best single month in history, jumping 75% 

“With production across our entire Honda and Acura lineups in alignment to meet true consumer demand, we continue to achieve steady and sustainable results as we enter the final two months of the year,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

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Honda Associates Navigate 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Ridgeline Across All-Women Rebelle Rally Finish Line

  • Two first-time Honda teams finish among the top five in Crossover Class
  • Honda light trucks’ capability tested across 1,700 miles of Nevada and California desert

Using only compasses and paper maps, two teams of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) associates navigated to a top five finish in the Crossover Class of the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation event in the United States. The Ohio-based “Ridgeline Rebels” team #209 of engine test engineer, Maria Guitar, and vehicle safety test engineer, Michelle Klein, drove their 2018 Honda Ridgeline to a fourth place finish. The California-based “Desert Dreamers” team #208 of product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto, navigated their 2019 Honda Pilot to a fifth place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is a hybrid of serious competition and the ultimate road trip, spanning over eight days of competition and 1,700 miles across the deserts and backcountry of Nevada and California. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only compasses and paper maps.

“The 2018 Rebelle Rally proved to be an incredibly tough event mentally, physically and spiritually, and the Honda teams did a fantastic job driving their vehicles each day,” said Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder. “Both the Pilot and the Ridgeline teams handled each situation professionally, intelligently, and with positive spirits throughout. It was impressive to watch, and we congratulate them and Honda for putting their associates to the ultimate authentic test.”

Demonstrating Honda’s “Challenging Spirit”

As first-time Rebelle Rally competitors, the Honda associates demonstrated a relentless challenging spirit as their navigational accuracy, driving prowess, time management, and endurance were tested.

“On a daily basis, I felt we were living out the Honda core value of the Challenging Spirit,” said Maria Guitar, engine test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “We drove and navigated across different terrains, proving to ourselves and everyone who was watching what the Honda Ridgeline and Pilot were capable of. We pushed ourselves in so many ways, whether it was picking a smart line to drive through the terrain or working together as a team, we grew each day in our abilities.”

Ariel Jen, product planner for Honda R&D Americas, was also proud of her team’s resilience.

“There would be times where I’d be absolutely terrified, but we just had to go for it and do something because there was no other option,” said Jen. “When it’s just you out there with nothing else, and things go wrong, you can’t dwell on the problem. You need to figure out a solution and move forward.”

Empowering Honda Associates

Support for Honda’s first-time Rebelle Rally competitors was a company effort that involved more than two dozen volunteers in California and Ohio. Since preparing for and participating in the Rebelle Rally provided the associates with valuable knowledge and growth experiences in their R&D roles, Honda management agreed to sponsor both first-time teams. Honda supported the associates’ initiative through funding, vehicles, shop space, training opportunities and technical expertise.

“Participating in the Rebelle Rally showed me that there is freedom in taking risks, failing, and learning from your mistakes,” said Michelle Klein, vehicle safety test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “As Mr. Honda said, ‘Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing.'”

Showcasing the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline’s Rugged Capability

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Honda Ridgeline remained mostly stock for the rally event, with light modifications for additional durability and safety performance. These modifications included custom skid plates, extra ground clearance, off-road tires, and an interior modified for extra storage of spare tires and other equipment. Both light trucks feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) all-wheel drive system.

“The feedback we got from everyone was how surprised they were by the way the Pilot performed,” said Melanie Morimoto, senior fabricator, Honda R&D Americas. “We got really off track a couple of times and ended up in some extremely rough roads more suited to 4×4 vehicles. The Pilot was a solid ride on the roughest roads.”

Added Klein, “With the Ridgeline’s Sand Mode and capable suspension, we were able to cross steep river beds, climb rocky hills, and have a comfortable ride.”

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Associates Navigate 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Ridgeline Across All-Women Rebelle Rally Finish Line

  • Two first-time Honda teams finish among the top five in Crossover Class
  • Honda light trucks’ capability tested across 1,700 miles of Nevada and California desert

Using only compasses and paper maps, two teams of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) associates navigated to a top five finish in the Crossover Class of the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation event in the United States. The Ohio-based “Ridgeline Rebels” team #209 of engine test engineer, Maria Guitar, and vehicle safety test engineer, Michelle Klein, drove their 2018 Honda Ridgeline to a fourth place finish. The California-based “Desert Dreamers” team #208 of product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto, navigated their 2019 Honda Pilot to a fifth place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is a hybrid of serious competition and the ultimate road trip, spanning over eight days of competition and 1,700 miles across the deserts and backcountry of Nevada and California. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only compasses and paper maps.

“The 2018 Rebelle Rally proved to be an incredibly tough event mentally, physically and spiritually, and the Honda teams did a fantastic job driving their vehicles each day,” said Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder. “Both the Pilot and the Ridgeline teams handled each situation professionally, intelligently, and with positive spirits throughout. It was impressive to watch, and we congratulate them and Honda for putting their associates to the ultimate authentic test.”

Demonstrating Honda’s “Challenging Spirit”

As first-time Rebelle Rally competitors, the Honda associates demonstrated a relentless challenging spirit as their navigational accuracy, driving prowess, time management, and endurance were tested.

“On a daily basis, I felt we were living out the Honda core value of the Challenging Spirit,” said Maria Guitar, engine test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “We drove and navigated across different terrains, proving to ourselves and everyone who was watching what the Honda Ridgeline and Pilot were capable of. We pushed ourselves in so many ways, whether it was picking a smart line to drive through the terrain or working together as a team, we grew each day in our abilities.”

Ariel Jen, product planner for Honda R&D Americas, was also proud of her team’s resilience.

“There would be times where I’d be absolutely terrified, but we just had to go for it and do something because there was no other option,” said Jen. “When it’s just you out there with nothing else, and things go wrong, you can’t dwell on the problem. You need to figure out a solution and move forward.”

Empowering Honda Associates

Support for Honda’s first-time Rebelle Rally competitors was a company effort that involved more than two dozen volunteers in California and Ohio. Since preparing for and participating in the Rebelle Rally provided the associates with valuable knowledge and growth experiences in their R&D roles, Honda management agreed to sponsor both first-time teams. Honda supported the associates’ initiative through funding, vehicles, shop space, training opportunities and technical expertise.

“Participating in the Rebelle Rally showed me that there is freedom in taking risks, failing, and learning from your mistakes,” said Michelle Klein, vehicle safety test engineer, Honda R&D Americas. “As Mr. Honda said, ‘Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing.'”

Showcasing the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline’s Rugged Capability

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Honda Ridgeline remained mostly stock for the rally event, with light modifications for additional durability and safety performance. These modifications included custom skid plates, extra ground clearance, off-road tires, and an interior modified for extra storage of spare tires and other equipment. Both light trucks feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) all-wheel drive system.

“The feedback we got from everyone was how surprised they were by the way the Pilot performed,” said Melanie Morimoto, senior fabricator, Honda R&D Americas. “We got really off track a couple of times and ended up in some extremely rough roads more suited to 4×4 vehicles. The Pilot was a solid ride on the roughest roads.”

Added Klein, “With the Ridgeline’s Sand Mode and capable suspension, we were able to cross steep river beds, climb rocky hills, and have a comfortable ride.”

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit Recall: 2019 Honda Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline

  • 118 vehicles are affected; recall only in the United States
  • SRS Control Units will be replaced, free of charge
  • Issue discovered during quality control check at the control unit vendor; No customer reports related to this issue

Honda will voluntarily recall 118 model-year 2019 Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles, only in the United States, to replace Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Control Units, free of charge. A circuit board on the affected SRS Control Units may have been damaged during production. A damaged SRS Control Unit may not properly deploy the side, side curtain and knee airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Honda has received no customer reports related to this issue, which was discovered during quality control checks at the vendor.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for the free repair. Mailed notification to owners of affected vehicles will occur in late-November 2018. Owners of these models can also determine if their vehicles require repair now by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Truck Sales Soar in September with Multiple Records for American Honda

  • American Honda light trucks set new September record, gaining 6.3%   
  • Honda brand trucks have best-ever September, with Pilot posting record September, up 50%
  • Honda electrified vehicle sales set new monthly record, topping 5,000 units for third consecutive month
  • Acura sales rise 4.4%, fueled by record September truck sales
  • RDX sets fourth straight monthly sales record with massive 54% gain; MDX sales top 4,600 units

“We enter the final quarter of the year in a very strong position across our passenger car and light-truck lineups, putting us in striking distance of a fourth consecutive year of record sales for the Honda and Acura brands combined,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

Honda trucks continued to build strong momentum in September, with record total sales and strong performances across the lineup. While car sales ceded some ground to trucks, the strength of Honda passenger cars has pushed them to the top of industry retail market share, despite tight supplies of key models.

  • Honda Pilot jumped 50.2% in September on sales of 15,464 units.
  • CR-V sales topped 30,000 units for the month, just shy of another record.
  • With gas prices topping $4.00/gallon in parts of the U.S., sales of Honda electrified vehicles continue to rise, with Accord Hybrid, Insight and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid combining for nearly 6,000 September deliveries.

 

Model Notes

Honda is the only brand in America to earn an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKacross car, SUV, minivan and pickup models, including the 2019 Insight.

 

With Accord, Civic and Fit, Honda has topped all other brands in combined retail passenger car sales in the three largest mainstream car segments in the first 8 months of 2018.

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

The new RDX continued to break sales records and combined with strong MDX sales to set a new September record for Acura trucks.

  • RDX set its 4th straight monthly sales mark since launching in June. Sales totaled 5,699 for the month, a gain of 54.3%.
  • Acura’s flagship luxury SUV, the MDX, turned in another strong performance with sales of 4,643 units in September.
  • The refreshed and re-energized 2019 ILX goes on sale later this month.

Model Notes

The refreshed 2019 ILX completes the first phase of the Acura brand design transformation with all core models sporting the signature Diamond Pentagon Grille and an A-Spec model.

 

Acura’s revolutionary True Touchpad™ Interface is a hit with RDX customers and won praise from the editors at Ward’s, who said it’s “everything you could want in a user experience.”

 

 

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Rugged Yet Refined 2019 Honda Ridgeline Arriving at Dealerships

  • Exclusive features make Ridgeline the “ultimate tailgate” vehicle
  • Ridgeline combines exceptional ride quality with pickup truck versatility all while obtaining class-leading fuel economy

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline arrives at dealerships nationwide beginning tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $29,990 (excluding $975 destination and handling). As before, Ridgeline bests the competition with its class-leading EPA2 fuel economy ratings of 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) for 2WD and 18/25/21 for AWD models.

The Honda Ridgeline is the ultimate tailgate vehicle for sporting events, picnics, and other gatherings thanks to industry-first and exclusive features like a Dual Action Tailgate that provides easy access to the lockable and weather-sealed In-Bed Trunk®, an available in-bed 115V AC power outlet, and a world’s first Truck Bed Audio System.

The 2019 Ridgeline’s high-quality cabin offers an array of standard and available features and technologies. Standout options consist of an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, LED headlights (low beam), 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, and ambient interior lighting.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC™ V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) mated to a wide ratio 6-speed automatic transmission, with a peak engine output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net). All-wheel-drive models utilize one of Honda’s most advanced AWD technologies – Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4), providing enhanced all-weather performance and handling.

What’s New for 2019? 
Like range-topping Ridgeline models, RT, Sport, and RTL models now include a second USB port, while RTL and RTL-T models add a power sliding rear window and moonroof.

2019 Honda Ridgeline Pricing and EPA Data
Model Transmission MSRP MSRP Including $975 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating2
City/Hwy/Combined
2WD
RT 6AT $29,990 $30,965 19 / 26 / 22
Sport 6AT $33,390 $34,365 19 / 26 / 22
RTL 6AT $34,870 $35,845 19 / 26 / 22
RTL-T 6AT $37,000 $37,975 19 / 26 / 22
AWD
Sport 6AT $35,290 $36,265 18 / 25 / 21
RTL 6AT $36,770 $37,745 18 / 25 / 21
RTL-T 6AT $38,900 $39,875 18 / 25 / 21
RTL-E 6AT $41,920 $42,895 18 / 25 / 21
Black Edition 6AT $43,420 $44,395 18 / 25 / 21

The Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in the midsize pickup truck segment, and offers capabilities for both recreational and professional users who require a higher degree of utility and versatility. Ridgeline’s cargo-hauling and towing capabilities include a class-leading maximum of 1,584-pound (718.5 kg) payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing. All Ridgelines incorporate a button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that enables up to four different operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand for the AWD models, as well as Normal and Snow for 2WD vehicles.

Ridgeline also continues to offer the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The 2019 Ridgeline is expected to receive top of class safety ratings from the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); in 2017, it became the first and, to date, only pickup truck to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating3 from the IIHS.

A broad range of Honda Genuine Accessories designed specifically for Ridgeline is available for customers to personalize their pickup. The accessories are covered by Honda’s 3-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty if obtained at the time of new vehicle purchase.

Accessories include:

Honda Genuine Accessories
In-Bed Trunk Carpet and Dividers Back-Up Sensors
Bed Extender – Standard and Motorcycle Fender Flares
Hard Tonneau Cover Skid Plate
Illuminated Door Sill Trim Bike, Kayak, Ski, Snowboard, Surfboard Attachments
Camping Tent (extends from bed) Additional Wheel Options
Running Board Options Heated Steering Wheel

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, is the exclusive manufacturing home4 of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline.

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