The Accord was already American Honda’s best agent but it now trails the Civic and CR-V by 50,000 units YtD in anniversary case
Nothing can blow the 600 cc N-Box mini-vehicle in Honda’s home bazaar – YtD registrations totalled added than 132,000 units as at the end of August – yet deliveries of the new Fit were up by 30% aftermost month, the year to date account actuality 66,4000. Amongst non Kei models, that put the little car in fourth abode abaft three Toyotas: Yaris, Raize and Corolla. Much of the acumen is the acceptance of the Fit e:HEV as able-bodied as a hardly adapted variant, the Fit Crosstar. In some markets, these cars are alleged Jazz and Jazz Crosstar.
Fit/Jazz accumulation commenced in January at the Yorii-machi bulb in Japan but anatomy in added countries will be added anon and during 2021. Then comes a mid-life facelift in 2023 with the almsman alternation accepted in aboriginal 2026.
The latest City (Fengfan or Ballade in some countries) was appear to the media at the Bangkok motor appearance aftermost November, sales basic aloof afore Christmas. India is addition aloft market, although COVID-19 saw the car’s barrage delayed until July. This baby auto can be anticipation of as the four-door adaptation of the Fit/Jazz five-door. That additionally agency a agnate activity aeon which should see a facelift appear in 2023 and a backup in 2026.
Build additionally takes abode in China. The bulb in question, which was abnormal for not actuality allotment of a collective adventure but instead absolutely endemic by Honda Motor, had its name afflicted to Guangzhou Development District Branch in March. Formerly, this facility, the anniversary accommodation of which was aloof 50,000 units, was alleged Honda Automobile (China) Company Limited or CHAC for short. Its assimilation fabricated it GAC Honda’s fourth complete agent accumulation plant.
The 2YN alternation Civic is now alone a year away, with Honda of Canada Manufacturing said to be the advance all-around bulb for the eleventh generation. Alternation accumulation should arise at Alliston 1 in October 2021. There will additionally be a amalgam but at the moment, Europe is the alone accepted arena for the petrol-electric hatchback. This should be the aforementioned 1.5-litre additional two motors powertrain which appearance in the Jazz e:HEV. A PHEV ability additionally be offered.
Having discontinued the Civic Coupe at the end of North American markets’ 2020 archetypal years, Honda is absurd to action a two-door anatomy with this generation.
It will anon be facelift time for the Accord, article which can’t appear anon abundant for Honda dealers in the US. In the car’s adept better market, deliveries are bottomward by 32% as the end of August to 125,142 cars, compared to 178,570 for the Civic (-23%) and 203,762 (-20%) for the CR-V. Unless there is a aloft beat abroad from crossovers and SUVs afterwards in the 2020s, American Honda will acceptable never see the sorts of sales numbers for this nameplate which it already did.
Happily for Honda, the Accord is a big agent in China. Year to date deliveries as at 31 July were 97,869 so already numbers for August are announced, the archetypal ability go actual abutting to analogous the YtD US total.
Looking at trends in both countries, China will acceptable become the Accord’s best important bazaar by the end of this year. That apparently agency that the Guangqi Honda collective adventure will arise accumulation of the abutting bearing car either at the aforementioned time as American Honda’s Marsyville bulb or anon after. That should booty abode in September 2022.
The BR-V, a baby SUV for lower assets markets, is now added than bisected way through its accumulation cycle, a facelifted archetypal accepting been appear aftermost year. Based on the Brio, the 2SJ alternation archetypal was developed in Thailand. Honda Asia Pacific is said to additionally be arch the activity for the successor, that agent actuality due for barrage from aboriginal 2023.
Thanks to its backbone in North America and China, the CR-V is one of Honda’s best sellers worldwide. Launched in the fourth division of 2016 and facelifted a year ago, the 2HX appearance agent will be replaced in two years’ time.
The accepted bearing Pilot, an eight-seat SUV positioned aloft the CR-V in North American markets, was new for the 2016 archetypal year. Its all-around admission was at the Chicago auto appearance in February 2015. As there was absolutely a admeasurement gap amid these models, American Honda active the Passport archetypal name for what is finer a abbreviate wheelbase Pilot.
New for the 2019 archetypal year, the Passport’s all-around admission was at the LA auto appearance in November 2018. It shares the GLTP2 architectonics with the Pilot and is congenital in the aforementioned factory. The alone agent is a 280 hp 3.5-litre V6 affiliated to a nine-speed automated gearbox. There are both front- and all-wheel drive variants. The abutting account should be a facelift for the 2022 archetypal year, to be followed by the accession of a new bearing in CY2024.
JV with GM
Honda said in April that it affairs to accept General Motors anatomy two electric cartage for it. It is accepted that anniversary will be an SUV. The advertisement independent these statements:
“General Motors and Honda accept agreed to accordingly advance two all-new electric cartage for Honda, based on GM’s awful adjustable all-around EV belvedere powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. The exteriors and interiors of the new EVs will be alone advised by Honda, and the belvedere will be engineered to abutment Honda’s active character.
Production of these Honda electric cartage will amalgamate the development ability of both companies, and they will be bogus at GM plants in North America. Sales are accepted to activate in the 2024 archetypal year in Honda’s United States and Canadian markets”.
The companies fabricated a added advertisement beforehand this month, advertence that they would aggrandize their affiliation for added models and agent platforms.
Reports for abounding added manufacturers’ approaching models are aggregate in the OEM artefact action summaries area of just-auto.com.
Future belvedere intelligence
More detail on past, accepted and accessible models can be begin in PLDB, the approaching cartage database which is allotment of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Center. That includes Honda cartage not included in this report.
This is the aboriginal of two letters which attending at key accepted and approaching models for Honda Motor. The additional affiliate will focus on Acura.