TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. is reporting a 21 percent jump in its profit in the last quarter on cost cuts and healthy motorcycle sales.
Tokyo-based Honda, which makes the Fit subcompact, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot, reported July-September profit of 210.7 billion yen ($1.9 billion), up from 174 billion yen.
It said Tuesday that quarterly sales edged up nearly 2 percent from a year earlier to 3.84 trillion yen ($34 billion).
Honda says costs from recalls and litigation related to defective air-bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. fell, helping lift its bottom line.
Future losses remain uncertain since Honda was among Takata’s biggest customers.
Sales of Honda’s N-Box series in Japan were strong during the quarter, while truck and Civic sedan sales were solid in the U.S.