On the verge of launching an all-new 2013 Accord, Honda has significantly upped its expected sales figures for 2012. Riding on the success of both the new Honda Civic and the 2012 Honda CR-V, the automaker says its forecast of 2012 sales have increased by more than 25 percent from the original 1.2 million units projected earlier in the year up to 1.3 million units. This all despite having to recover from natural disasters in Asia that crippled its production and inventory.

This bullish estimate can directly be attributed to strong sales of the new CR-V and Civic, two models which account for almost half of all Honda's 732,165 units through July. In fact, the CR-V is on pace to "demolish" its 2007 sales record of 219,000 units. Compared to last year, CR-V sales are up 33.9 percent, and with five months left, Honda is well on its way of not only breaking this record but also beating out the CR-Vs closest rival – and last year's top-selling crossover – the Ford Escape. As for the Civic, despite its cold critical reception, it remains Honda's best-selling model as well as the best-selling car in its class. Things should get even better for Honda with the Accord coming out this year and an emergency-refresh Civic due out next year.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Honda Fit subcompact is down 26.4 percent for the year while the company's CR-Z and Insight hybrids have combined to sell just 7,194 units all year.

Overall, Honda's sales are up 18.5 through the first seven months of 2012.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      They have great brand loyalty.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone buying a 2012 Civic is a moron. There are far better cars in the compact segment.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The Civic is still one of the best ompact ars out there, depite all the negative attention from all the armchair reviewers like yourself. It has good driving dynamics, good real-world mpg, superb build quality, a spacious, well built interior, a gret TCO and resale, and is guaranteed to have bulletproof reliability.
          BB79826
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          It has TERRIBLE driving dynamics compared to the previous generation. Sloppy handling, a jittery ride, and steering with terrible feedback. Just because you say it's still good doesn't make it so. Do some research.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          BB79826 - Do some research? How is it that there is any difference in driving dynamics between the 8th and 9th gen Civics, especially how the drivetrains and suspension (with the exception of the K24 replacing the K20 in the Si) are nearly exactly the same?
        Stephen W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        That's alot of morons, including me I guess.
          Jason Golden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Stephen W
          If the Civic suits your needs, tastes, expectations, etc. then you have made a good purchase decision. You will be reminded of that good decision over the years and at resale time, too. Just as an example, would ANYBODY here actually choose - with their own money - a 2006 Focus/Cobalt/Jetta/Sentra/ (out-of warranty) over a comparably-equipped 2006 Civic?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Jp93309
        • 2 Years Ago
        Have you owned or driven a CRV before? My wife owned a used 2001 that we replaced with a new 2010 CRV. The only reason we replaced it was because the old one lacked ABS and side airbags and I wanted her to have a safer car while driving with our young child. The CRV is a surprising little compact ute with a very spacious and well appointed interior. Its not "bloated" at all either. Quite the opposite. It looks like a much smaller behicle from the outside, however when you in it, you can't figure out how it's much more spacious inside. Also it test drove better than competing models from Toyota, Chevy, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Ford. To say that CRV owners don't know anything about cars presumes they didn't do the research. We did. And as much as we tried other cars, the CRV still won out for us. So in short, shut the **** up troll.
        tom.tommarello
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree none of them are good looking. But the CRV is a great car and drives like a Honda. The Civic is a good car but not great. It does not drive like a Honda should and really, really needs a styling update. You still can't go wrong with it though. I think what is upsetting people is that the Civic does not deserve it's high sales, and that gets a lot of people's gull. Truthfully everyone who bought one did not make a wrong choice though.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      The CRV is BOOOOOOORRRRRRINNNNNGGGGG. Why would you buy one when the new Escape is amazing?
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        @Dave
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          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yeah it had those sudden acceleration problems and killed all those people and then Ford covered it up. Oh wait. That was Toyota. Ford fixes problems before they harm anyone.
          Quentin
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yes, Dave, ford still isn't recalling vehicles from over a decade ago because the cruise control was setting cars on fire and taking houses and garages with them. The definitely didn't happen multiple times. The brand fanboys here are too much. FWIW, the new crv is quite nice. It has loads of back seat space (bigger than the escape in practically every dimension) while getting the same mileage as the escape (AWD 2.4 v AWD 1.6T). The tiny windows on the escape also make it feel even smaller. Before you cry foul, I've never owned a Honda or a Ford. Just calling it lke I see it.
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Because if you want a "fun" Escape (the one with the turbo engine), you'll be shelling out upwards of 40k (which is Acura RDX territory, and the RDX is an arguably better car.) The "regular" Escape is generally inferior to the CR-V, except in styling (which is subjective, and cannot be called inferior or superior because of it).
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ClementZ
          the big turbo engine (2.0T) I should specify.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      The CRV and Civic is one ugly ass car....but then, the whole Honda/Acura lineup with the buck teeth grill is pretty sad too. The Koreans are hungry and taking risks with their styling. Honda/Toyota, not at all.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
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      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      both the CR-V and Civic have gotten so ugly, with so many other chooses who is choosing these cars?
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an enthusiast's forum, and we all have ideas of "good, better, best"...that's for sure! But Honda is doing something right, criticisms or not. They could even skip the 2013 Civic emergency refresh and keep on pleasing oodles of buyers with the existing version. If driving dynamics and the latest tech is your motivator, then Focus and Mazda3 might appear to have an advantage. Want the saltine cracker version of the Civic...go see a Corolla. Don't care about athletic performance and just want dramatic styling: hello, Elantra. This could go on and on. Brand image and resale important? Well, there's Honda to fill that need. Let each fool speak with his own money. I would never be ashamed to own a car with a Honda badge even though I could afford "better".
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Golden
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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another obvious example of brainwashed consumers who can't really tell a good car form a bad one. Hondas are typically great cars. The new Civic is not.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      They say people vote with their wallets. The problem is we have a lot of dumb voters out there.
      Smooth
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Civic is not class best, but it is still a good overall car. Interior materials aside, of course. Plus it isn't as terrible as many claim it to be. The CRV is right at the top of the class. I can see why people buy them. Hopefully the money can lead to better products in the future, like the new Accord seems to be.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        The new Civic has a quick, efficient powertrain. It also has some of the worst steering, braking, and noise isolation in its class. It's a "good" car in the sense that it's probably going to be insanely reliable, but make no mistake about it -- the Civic is uncompetitive in a LOT of ways.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
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      bubciak
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crv. Another lawn mower :))).
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once again, we're the 10% here, the other 90% are just driving from point A to point B. Ugh!
        piggybox
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        That's obvious. Driving is only fun on tracks. What's so fun in a jammed traffic for an hour every work day?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @piggybox
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        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        more like 99%
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
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