Honda and Toyota reports sales decline for Nov.: Civic sales down nearly 30%, Sequoia up over 50%

Update: The Detroit Free Press has corrected its story. Highlander sales were down 36 percent. It was actually the Toyota Sequoia, one of Toyota’s largest SUV, that was up 51.9 percent.

Honda, which has been pretty well cushioned from huge sales declines than other automakers, said that November sales fell 31.6 percent. Honda said that sales of its Honda and Acura brands dropped 76,233 from 111,431 during the same period last year. The sales drop affected Honda’s entire lineup besides the Pilot which was up 4.5 percent to 5,601. Civic sales however fell 29.6 percent to 17,690.

Rival Toyota also reported sales drop in the U.S. of 33.9 percent for a total of 130,307 units from both Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. Lexus sales were down 34.7 percent to 16,223 while Toyota sales were down 33.4 percent to 114,084. For Toyota, Yaris sales were down 16.6 percent to 4,545 units while the Highlander Sequoia was up 51.9 percent to 1,873.

A pretty awkward mix for a market that is moving away from SUVs to compact cars. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: The Detroit Free Press