Honda U.S. sales rise in May







American Honda’s strong utility vehicle performance pushed it to a 3.1 percent U.S. sales increase in May.

Honda Division’s truck lineup posted a record May as the brand delivered 71,006 crossovers and minivans, a 12 percent bounce from the year-earlier month. Car sales slid 2.2 percent to 69,244.

Acura sales slowed for cars and trucks, down 10 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. The brand will get a boost this month with the release of the redesigned 2019 Acura RDX, which hit stores Friday.

Brands: Honda up 4.3%, Acura down 8%.

Notable nameplates: Honda Accord down 16%, Honda Civic up 7.4%, Honda CR-V up 12%, Honda HR-V down 8%, Honda Odyssey up 9.6%, Honda Pilot up 36%, Acura MDX down 4.9%, Acura RDX down 8.6%, Acura ILX up 28%, Acura TLX down 22%.

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