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
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
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.