Higher-than-expected demand at Honda and Nissan pushed December light-vehicle sales above expectations and helped lift final deliveries for 2018 above 2017. December’s 17.5 million-unit seasonally adjusted annual rate matched October as the best month in 2018 and was slightly above November’s 17.4 million and same-month 2017’s 17.3 million. Volume also was higher than the year-ago period, finishing at 1.620 million units, 1.5% above like-2017’s 1.596 million. The ...

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