Civic: It does the brand good. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 1, 2017 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) – Pricing will be released later this year while offering future owners an excellent 47-miles of all-electric range and a mixed 110 MPGe and 44/40/42 mpg city/highway/combined rating. Wow! 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 MPG and AER, check! Pricing? Remains to be seen. Honda’s all-new, five-passenger, PHEV has been rated at an EPA range rating of 47 all-electric miles on a full charge, the highest all-electric range rating among all midsize plug-in hybrids. Launching at Honda dealerships nationwide later this year, the 2018 Honda Clarity represents a new more efficient focus for the iconic auto maker. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its “hyper-efficient”, <-- Honda’s own words , atkinsonized 1.5L I4 provides a driving range of 340 miles indicating the Clarity PHEV-47 has a 7-gallon fuel tank. On the electric side, a 181-hp and 232 lb-ft. of torque electric motor powered by a 17 kWh traction battery with a recharge time of just 2.5 hours on a 6.6 kW capable Level2 charger. The Clarity PHEV-47 features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport. A fourth mode – HV mode –maintains the battery's state of charge for later use in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes. It will be offered in two trims, standard and Touring. Honda August 2017 Sales Overview Honda reported it sold 146,015 Honda and Acura vehicles in August, down 2.4 percent vs. 149,571 sold in August of 2016. On a daily selling rate (DSR) basis – 27 selling days in August of 2017 vs. 26 in August of 2016, sales were off a steeper 6.0 percent. YTD sales of 1,088,881 were down just 0.5 percent vs. the 1,094,725 sold through the same period of 2016. This is a good result given the industry’s 2.7 percent falloff YTD. Honda on its own experienced sales of 132,883 in August, down 1.8 percent from the 135,325 sold in August of 2016. Honda cars gained 4.2 percent with 71,433 vehicles sold in August, while Honda trucks were down 8 percent on sales of 61,460 vehicles. Acura sales of 13,132 were down 7.8 percent from the 14,246 vehicles sold in August of 2016. On the model front, the Civic and HR-V were standouts. Civic sales of 36,482 was up 11.2 percent over the 32,807 sold during August of 2016. YTD sales of 248,928 are down 2.6 percent from the 255,599 sold through the same period of 2016. 2017 Honda Civic Sedan Another 600 units and it would have been the bestselling car in the U.S. in August! Honda’s HR-V achieved sales of 9,603 vehicles, up 26.7 percent over the 7,580 sold in August of 2016. YTD sales of 66,010 are up an even stronger 28.4 percent over the 51,417 sold through the same period of 2016. August 2017 Top 10 Top 10 U.S. August auto sales items of note: The Equinox moved back into the Top 10 pushing the Corolla out. U.S. Automobile Aug. 2017 vs. Aug. 2016 Market Share results August 2017 Market Share items of note: GM gained 1.7 percent, Toyota gained 1.4 percent, FCA was down 1.1 percent, Nissan was down 0.9 percent, and Hyundai was down 1.1 percent vs. August of 2016. August revealed another down sales month as this was the third consecutive month of lower U.S. auto sales. August was the sixth of eight with lower sales in 2017. How fast vehicle replacements to cover Hurricane Harvey devastation will move these results upward remain to be seen. August 2017 B and C-Segment Top 10 Sales and Rankings B and C-Segment sales items of note: In the B-Segment, Ford's Fiesta is quietly moving up to challenge the perennial sales champ Nissan Versa and Honda Fit. The Hyundai Accent experienced the steepest sales decline in the segment. Regarding the C-segment, the Civic simply dominated and it was not even close. Chevrolet's Cruze moved up a significant 3 spots from 6th to 3rd despite the large August sales percentage fall off. Hyundai's Elantra sales fell the most on a percentage basis while the platform sharing Kia Forte achieved the largest sales increase on a percentage basis. August 2017 D and Utility Segment Top 10 Sales and Rankings D-segment sales items of note: With the highly regarded all-new 8th gen Toyota Camry reaching dealership showrooms in mass including the most efficient midsize available in the form of the 51/53 mpg city/highway rated LE Hybrid, it was no surprise to see it vault to the top of the D-segment sales charts by a significant margin. Chevrolet's Malibu moved up a significant 3-spots from 6th to 3rd. The once formidable Altima is falling into mediocrity. Hyundai's Sonata, Kia's Optima, VW's Passat, and Mercedes-Benz's E-Class all had similar 20+ percentage sales declines. Utility sales items of note: The well-built Toyota RAV4 owned this segment having an almost 40 percent gap to the second place Honda CR-V. Rogue has fallen 3 spots in as many months despite the best online marketing in the segment. The darling goes to the all-new 2018 Equinox with sales increasing by almost 85 percent. August 2017 Pickup Segment Top 10 Sales and Rankings Pickup sales items of note: The F-series continues to achieve astounding sales volumes over the rest of the segment. GM is making progress with overall truck sales thanks mainly to the Silverado and Colorado volumes which in turn shows GMs pickup truck lineup in total outselling Ford's F-Series. Tacoma continues to astound despite my own personal distaste for its poor efficiency, ergonomics, and price. August 2017 Electrified Segments Top 10 Sales and Rankings Electrified sales items of note: The real standout is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as volumes continue to climb. A few more months of this and it may even surpass the struggling Prius liftback! Fusion Hybrid moved back ahead of the very steady Niro sales. The Kia Niro as its sales continue to hold in the 2,500+ range once again. It is good to see the most efficient vehicle in the segment holding onto sales volumes with little discounting proving its resilience. If only more Texan's were in it instead of their CUV/SUV/Pickup of choice, there would be no gasoline shortage in the region. Ioniq sales continue to struggle possibly due to minor incentive help from Hyundai. On the plug-in front, the Prius Prime continues to move forward placing both the Volt and the Leaf in its rear view. Ford's Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi swapped places in August. 2017 U.S. August Auto Industry Sales Totals U.S. August 2017 Sales vs. August 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 7.5% with 275,552 Vehicles Sold Toyota U.S. August Sales Up 6.8% with 227,625 Vehicles Sold Ford U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 2.1% with 209,897 Vehicles Sold FCA U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 10.6% with 176,033 Vehicles Sold Honda U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 2.4% with 146,015 Vehicles Sold Nissan U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 13.1% with 108,326 Vehicles Sold Subaru U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 4.6% with 63,215 Vehicles Sold Hyundai U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 24.6% with 54,310 Vehicles Sold Kia U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 1.7% with 53,323 Vehicles Sold VW U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 9.0% with 32,015 Vehicles Sold Mercedes-Benz August 2017 Sales Down 8.5% with 29,183 Vehicles Sold BMW U.S. August 2017 Sales Down 8.2% with 28,001 Vehicles Sold Mazda U.S. July 2017 Sales Down 1.0% with 25,846 Vehicles Sold Audi U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 2.8% with 19,811 Vehicles Sold Jaguar/Land Rover U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 1.0% with 9,421 Vehicles Sold Mitsubishi U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 11.3% with 8,164 Vehicles Sold Volvo U.S. August 2017 Sales Up 4.1% with 7,994 Vehicles Sold Porsche U.S. July 2017 Sales Down 9.1% with 4,709 Vehicles Sold Top 18 U.S. August Auto Industry Manufacturers sales items of note: Subaru moved up yet another spot to #7 ahead of both Kia and Hyundai and appears to have placed both in the rear view for good. Hyundai and Kia swapped sales spots in August as well. VW moved ahead of Mercedes-Benz too occupy the 10th spot. 2017 U.S. Monthly Auto Industry Sales Totals January 2017 (+.01 million): 1.14 million vs 1.13 million sold in January of 2016 February 2017 (-.01 million): 1.32 million vs 1.33 million sold in February of 2016 March 2017 (-.05 million): 1.54 million vs 1.59 million sold in March of 2016 April 2017 (-.06 million): 1.44 million vs. 1.50 million sold in April of 2016 May 2017 (+.06 million): 1.52 million vs. 1.46 million sold in May of 2016 June 2017 (-.06 million): 1.46 million vs. 1.51 million sold in June of 2016 July 2017 (-.11 million): 1.41 million vs. 1.52 million sold in July of 2016 August 2017 (-.04 million): 1.47 million vs 1.51 million sold in August of 2016 August 2017 U.S. Automotive industry sales of 1.47 million was down 2.6 percent vs. the 1.51 million sold in August of 2016. On a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis, August sales were off 6.3 percent given there were 27 selling days in August of 2017 vs. 26 in August of 2016. August 2017 sales YTD of 11.31 million was down 2.7 percent from the 11.62 million sold through August of 2016 YTD. There were 204 selling days in both 2017 and 2016.