Honda also has one thing going for it that neither Nissan
The Japanese automaker reported 940,000 of its autos sold worldwide last year, a 5.1% decline, with business as uneven as a pothole-filled road. Internationally, Honda's car and truck sales dropped 4.8% to 805,000 units from the year-ago period, with sales plummeting 35% in December in the U.S. alone. That was a greater drop than the higher sales in Asia (primarily Thailand) and Brazil could offset. At home in Japan, sales were down 6.9%.
In contrast, motorcycle sales were up year over year, though that also had nothing to do with North America or Japan, where unit sales were down 26.5% and 18.5%, respectively. Sales spiked higher in Brazil, India, and Vietnam. If you look at Harley-Davidson
The Japanese car market looks almost as broken as that of the United States. Nissan will record its first operating loss in its 80-year history come March, and Toyota, which recently had the crowning achievement of surpassing General Motors
While Honda will report a profit, earnings still dropped by nearly 90% in the third quarter; no company can remain buoyant for too long with a successive string of such losses. Perhaps if Nissan just removed two wheels from all its cars, it'd be able to resuscitate sales. I mean, the wheels have already come off the industry -- the automakers may as well make the best of it.