U.S. light-vehicle deliveries, boosted by healthy deals, America's surging appetite for light trucks and an extra weekend of sales, rose 5.2 percent in June as the auto industry closed out the first half of 2018 on a high. The SAAR for June came in at 17.47 million, up sharply from June 2017 and May.
Honda is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Pilot crossover, new images from spy photographers indicate. It will be the fourth electrified vehicle in the Honda lineup after the Accord, Clarity and Insight.
Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia.
General Motors and Honda are partnering again -- this time on the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Under the deal, Honda will buy battery modules based on the next generation of GM's battery system.
American Honda's new automobile division chief, Henio Arcangeli Jr., has spent his first six months on the job meeting ambitious dealers, balancing supplies of the Accord and CR-V and keeping a tight rein on spiffs at a company where the bar is high.