Honda finished the year on a strong note with both car and truck sales increasing compared to November, although the company reported its total sales were down slightly compared to the previous year.
The company reported truck sales set new monthly and annual records, and reported sales of the Honda CR-V sport-utility vehicle were up 13 percent compared to the previous month. The automaker sold a total of 875,430 trucks and SUVs for the year, up 4.2 percent compared to the previous year.
The company’s domestic car sales were down 12 percent compared to 2017. The company reported its total sales through December were down about two percent compared to the previous year.
However, 2017 was an all-time sales record for the Japanese automaker, barely edging out a previous record the company hit in 2016.
“In 2018, we took advantage of the continued consumer shift toward light trucks, contributing to another record year for our Honda and Acura light-truck businesses,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division in a news release.
Honda is a major employer in the region. About 1,400 workers from Clark and Champaign counties work for the automaker, and it employs about approximately 14,500 Ohioans overall.