Honda the latest to ditch diesels

by | Dec 4, 2018

Honda is the latest manufacturer to announce that it is to stop developing diesel cars. By 2021, there will no longer be new diesel models from Honda on sale in Europe. Instead, the company will be focussing on all-electric and hybrid options.

Toyota and Volvo have already said that they are no longer developing new diesel models. Toyota has said that following the fall in diesel sales, it will stop selling diesel options for its mainstream cars in Europe after this year.

Dave Hodgetts, managing director for Honda in the UK, said, “Every single model change from now on will not have a diesel”. All new models will now have an electrified version available to consumers.

“Every single model change from now on will not have a diesel.”

Dave Hodgetts – Managing Director, Honda UK

The manufacturer has said that it wants two in three vehicles sold in Europe to be electrified by 2025. Honda’s first full-electric car will be launched in 2019 which will be based on the Urban EV Concept shown at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Honda’s new CR-V will be its first new mainstream model launched without a diesel option. When it becomes available in March, the CR-V will have gasoline-electric and full-hybrid options. Honda predicts that of the 60,000 annual CR-V sales expected in Europe, half of these will be the hybrid version.

As part of this push towards greener fuel, the new versions of the Jazz and HR-V are expected to be offered with the manufacturer’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system.

The decision is due to the recent slump in diesel sales. Consumers have become increasingly wary of purchasing new diesel cars due to the introduction of restrictions on these vehicles in some major European cities. Higher Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) charges for new diesels have also contributed to the shift towards other fuel options.

Diesel versions of the Civic compact hatchback and the HR-V are currently available from Honda.

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