Steve Brinson, president of Royal Honda in Metairie, said that in 2010 and 2011 sales fell, but he believes they will come back up in 2012 and has seen a 10 percent increase so far this year.
"That's the nature of our business," he
"We go through ups and downs depending on the economy and what's happening with Honda
agrees that with a tough economy people are likely to keep their car for longer, which affects car sales.
But a lot of the decrease in sales for Honda
can be attributed to the tsunami that hit Japan last year.
is a Japanese car maker, and the tsunami impacted the company's automobile inventories in dealerships across the world.
New Hondas were not always available because of the tsunami's impact.
doesn't know how the company would have fared under normal circumstances.
"When you don't have a product to sell, you don't know what you're missing," he
"In the last six to eight months, things have gotten better."
is going to release a new model of its Accord this year, which Brinson
believes will help increase sales for the company.
expects consumers to trade in old Accord models for new ones.
Current Accord sales have been up as well because dealerships offer special discounts for car models about to be upgraded.
"The market seems to be strong enough that people are buying cars," he