Honda Odyssey Selling Well, Crosstour, CR-Z, Insight Moving Slowly

Honda Odyssey Selling Well, Crosstour, CR-Z, Insight Moving Slowly

It doesn’t take a genius to know that Honda‘s Odyssey is destined to be a brisk seller. As the undisputed king of the minivan segment, the Odyssey is still popular even with an onslaught of new competitors from Chrysler, Dodge, Kia and Toyota.

The rest of the lineup isn’t so hot. The Insight is being outsold by an 8-1 margin by its arch rival, the Toyota Prius, while the Crosstour’s projected 40,000 sales aren’t materializing, with the car selling closer to 20,000 units. The CR-Z also appears to have slowed after a promising start, although sports car sales are always dismal in the colder months.

Honda faces a predicament, since the rest of their lineup, like the Civic, Accord and CR-V are all fairly old, and due for replacement. But with only stagnant or unappealing products in the showroom, 2010 will be a dismal year for the big H. Hopefully the company can pull out of their nosedive, but their legendary maverick attitude (and accompanying arrogance that their way is the right way, market desires be damned) may see a number of lean years before their once faithful customers return.

[Source: Autoblog]

  • carlover

    I’m not surprised that the Cr-z sales are slowing–as people are finally realizing that the CR-Z is all show and no go with its tepid, rather lackluster performance due the fact that it’s saddled with a poor performing hybrid system (interestingly, the Nissan Juke easily outsold the CR-Z (probaly because the turbo charged Juke is more fun to drive and easily outperforms the Honda). And the 2012 Civic is another disappointment, like almost all Honda’s recent releases, Honda seems to have introducing hardly any new, innovative technology–instead just tweaking and carrying over its old powertrains (still no new engines, still using dated 5 speed automatics) and still failing to offer more premium features in the Civiclike backup camera, HId lights, competitive premium sound systems, proximity keys, start stop buttons etc. Honda it one time astounded the automotive world with its innovation and engineering genius–unfortunately–Honda’s company new policy must be let’s just “stay the course” and hope we an sell our cars based upon our past reputation for reliability (which to anyone who is well-informed knows that Honda’s reliability has fallen over the years (just look at all of the recalls,and defects such as the well documented tranmission failures in the Odyssey, Accords, window fires in the Fit, the premature battery failure in the Civic hybrid etc.). I’m not a Honda hater, I actually like HOnda but as the owner of 2001 Odyssey who already replaced its transmission twice, I find myself disappointed that Honda’s quality has slipped and it’s new products don’t really impress me anymore(I looked at the new Sonata and Optima and for me the Accord is not competive at all with the foregoing and when it comes time to replace my 2003 Accord, I will buy the Optima or Sonata). If I were in the market for a Civic sedan–again I would easily choose the Elantra as the 2011 Elantra still is a better buy than the refreshed 2012 Civic sedan.