With many manufacturers trying to focus on SUVs and some even discontinuing sedans from their lineup, Honda seems as if the Civic Accord combination will be with us a long time. Drivers concerned that the shift to SUVs will leave them without Honda cars to choose from should keep in mind where Hondas bread and butter is.
With two of America’s most popular cars in their lineup — the midsize Accord and compact Civic — Honda clearly has a vested interest fighting the change happening with other manufacturers some who claim that cars are now less popular and that SUVs will dominate sales going forward. Ford in particular, and to a lesser extent GM and Fiat Chrysler, have all cut their lineup in regards to sedans and coupes to focus on their SUV models.
The Accord and Civic combined for a whopping 616,831 sales last year, and it would be shocking if Honda let go of that profit center. Loyalty drives these sales as 400,000 Civic and Accord buyers returned and bought another of its vehicles from 2016-18.
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Relax, America. Nobody’s going to take your sedans away. In fact, there are some great deals to be had on very good cars, thanks in no small part to the surge in SUV sales. There’s been confusion about this since Ford announced it will stop building and selling sedans and station wagons in the United States.
CLOSE In the auto industry, business is booming for the undertaker. Automakers are killing vehicle models at a steady clip – largely because buyer preferences are changing. It’s all part of a sweeping shift into SUVs and crossovers, which offer more space, a higher stance and fuel economy that’s vastly better than a decade ago.
Ford’s already brought the axe down on all but one of its car models, and General Motors looks ready to do the same. Other automakers, however, know that ditching sedans would mean abandoning key groups of customers. For Toyota and Honda, models like the Camry and Civic resonate far more among some demographics, and leaving …