It’s official, Passport passes a Ridgeline in YTD sales.
I have noticed a drop off on dedicated PP advertising on TV. The newest Honda ads now show the entire Honda line-up with the PP appearing on the far left and only a portion of its front end showing. I agree with you that some or most of the PP sales came as a result of what you point out in your third paragraph.That is great news, one of my neighbors has a 2 year old Black Edition Ridgeline, I'll be sure to mention this to him (lol).
When I was at the Honda dealer yesterday, I asked them about Passport sales and they said they were on the low-side, due to Honda not really pushing them in advertising, but added that once they start doing that sales should increase.
My guess is that many Passport sales are probably due to someone walking onto the lot thinking they wanted a Pilot and then after being shown the PP, realoze they don't need the third row...