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Honda becomes the latest manufacturer to ditch diesel

Honda becomes the latest manufacturer to ditch diesel

Honda has become the latest manufacturer to axe diesel models in Europe as it looked to push forward with its electric vehicle and hybrid programme, Autovista Group has reported.

The Japanese company will end its association with the fuel by 2021 when it replaces its current generation Civic.

“Every single model change from now on will not have a diesel,” Dave Hodgetts, managing director for Honda in the UK, was reported as saying.

The company will instead offer new models with at least one electrified version, as it looked towards a target of two-thirds of sales in Europe being powered by electricity in some way by 2025.

Honda’s new CR-V compact will be the first mainstream model it produces to be launched without a diesel option, instead being offered with a petrol-electric hybrid version in March next year. There will also be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The Civic will come with a plug-in hybrid version as well as a full hybrid, although the plug-in was not yet confirmed for all European markets depending on legislation.

The UK has, for example, recently announced that it will drop grants for plug-in hybrid cars and it is yet to be seen how that will impact the market.

Honda will launch its first full-electric car in 2019 based on the Urban EV concept it showed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Meanwhile, production of Honda’s diesel engines is not expected to stop. The company currently produces units at its UK factory in Swindon and will continue to use diesel engines in vehicles meant for India, Thailand and the Philippines.

Honda’s move is a reaction to reducing diesel car sales in Europe, together with increasing restrictions on the technology, including bans on vehicles powered by the technology entering areas of some cities in Germany.

Toyota, Volvo, Porsche and Renault have already announced they will be ending diesel car production.