Honda Motor Co.

Honda reports rise in profit on cost cuts, healthy sales

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. reported 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, said Tuesday that its July-September profit of 210.7 billion yen ($1.9 billion), up from 174 billion yen. Quarterly sales edged up nearly 2 percent from a year earlier to 3.84 trillion yen ($34 billion).

Costs from recalls and litigation related to defective air-bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. fell, helping lift its bottom line, Honda said.

Future losses remain uncertain since Honda was among Takata's biggest...