5,357,013 vehicles produced globally. That’s how many vehicles Honda Motor Co. was able to produce in 2018 alone, setting an all-time calendar year production record for the Japanese automaker and experiencing a 2.3% growth over 2017 production.
Out of the over 5 million vehicles produced by Honda globally in 2018, 891,248 units were built in Japan alone, having a 9% growth compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the remaining 4,465,765 units rolled out of Honda plants outside of Japan, setting another record high production record and experiencing a 1.1% growth over 2017.
According to the automaker, production in Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in two years. At the same time, production outside also increased for the seventh consecutive year since 2012. In particular, the Asian region set a record high for the calendar year having produced 2,297,286 units with a 3.1% increase over 2017. Most of the vehicles produced in Asia came from China alone, producing 1,502,468 units.
With regard to vehicle sales, Honda was able to sell a total of 747,177 units in Japan alone in 2018, experiencing a 3.1% growth over the previous year. Out of all Honda vehicles sold in Japan, 377,635 of these were sold standard vehicles (non-kei cars). The Fit (locally known as the Jazz) was their best selling model having sold 90,719 units. As for kei cars, sales were recorded at 369,542, growing 7.7% compared to 2017. The Honda N-Box, one of Japan’s best selling kei-car last year, was credited for the growth having sold 241,871 units.
In the Philippines, Honda was able to sell 23,294 units in 2018. Due to the decrease in local automotive sales, Honda Cars Philippines sold 8,464 units less compared to 2017 with sales down by 26.65%.