Within the 2016 calendar 12 months, the Honda Odyssey was Canada’s 41st-best-selling automobile.
Within the first half of 2017, because the fourth-generation Odyssey’s tenure got here to an finish, the Honda van plunged 11 positions to 52nd. Odyssey gross sales had been down 18 p.c, year-over-year. Odyssey quantity was on observe to fall to a five-year low. Hashtag minivans lifeless.
Then, descending from the highest of Mount Fuji with a Soichiro-shaped halo, internet hosting sufficient seats for your complete Odyssey SCCA pit crew, declaring 30 extra horses than the unique Acura NSX, outfitted with sufficient gears in its transmission for two.5 copies of the Toyota Yaris, and talking with simply sufficient of an Alabama twang to be authentically North Americanized, the 2018 Honda Odyssey appeared.
Canadian gross sales of the Honda Odyssey consequently rose to the best stage in 15 years. And so shall it ever be.
The honored Honda Odyssey turned Canada’s 24th-best-selling automobile in July 2017, a outcome that had Honda Canada so excited that preliminary celebratory statements weren’t including up. On the one hand, Honda Canada stated the Odyssey “recorded its best-ever gross sales.” Not simply the perfect July, however the perfect month ever.
However then Jean Marc Laclerc, Honda Canada’s senior vice chairman for gross sales and advertising, stated the Odyssey “recorded its greatest ever July gross sales figures since 2002.” Both it was the perfect ever or it was the perfect since 2002, however it could’t be each.
As a result of that is the revered Honda Odyssey, we took this muddled language terribly severely. And by “terribly severely” we imply we emailed Honda Canada to make clear. The Honda Odyssey’s July efficiency in 2017 — 1,794 gross sales, a 41-percent year-over-year enhance — marked the perfect July for Honda Canada’s van in historical past, and the perfect any-month efficiency since 2002.
The Odyssey, usually outsold by automobiles such because the Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Forte, Nissan Murano, Honda Accord, Honda HR-V, Toyota Highlander, and Kia Sportage, outsold all of these automobiles in July. The Odyssey outsold the third-ranked minivan in Canada, Toyota’s Sienna, by a 47-percent margin.
Regardless of the blessed Odyssey’s progress — and largely due to plunging gross sales from the class-leading Dodge Grand Caravan — the Canadian minivan phase however fell 7 p.c in July 2017. (Gross sales are down four p.c, year-to-date, excluding mini-MPVs from Kia and Mazda.) The Honda Odyssey however grew its share of the minivan market from 15 p.c in July 2016 to 23 p.c in July 2017, all as a result of Canadians noticed the sunshine.
The swap was flicked. The thoughts’s eye was opened. Savviness turned the usual. Older siblings now bask within the ease with which the Odyssey’s Magic Slide second row seats enable for straightforward third-row entry. Moms are seen overtaking pedestrian Mazda 5s like they’re, properly, pedestrians. The infotainment-frustrations of fathers has lastly light. The fantastically chubby cheeks of a sleeping, rear-facing toddler are actually analyzed in perpetuity by each fawning Odyssey-driving nanny.
Automotive enlightenment has reached Canada.
U.S. gross sales of the Honda Odyssey fell 10 p.c, year-over-year in July 2017.
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Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Vehicles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.web. Comply with on Twitter @timcaincars.