Move to hybrid and electric powertrains will kill diesels sooner rather than later for Honda's EU operation
24 September 2019

Reports claim that Honda has confirmed it will phase out diesel models in Europe by 2021.

According to Reuters, the Japanese company announced yesterday that diesel production will cease during next year in favour of electrified models. This is part of Honda's commitment to electrify 100% of its European line-up by 2025.

The decision is thought to be linked to February's announcement that Honda will close its Swindon manufacturing plant in 2022. The firm's 1.6-litre diesel engine is produced there, while vehicle production capacity is being severely under-used.

A combination of tightening emissions regulations and a significant fall in demand for diesel is making the increasing level of investment necessary to make cleaner oil-burners less viable for every European car maker.

The latest CR-V has ditched its long-standing diesel option in favour of a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, meaning only the Civic and HR-V are now available with a diesel engine. The next-generation Jazz will be hybrid-only, while the electric E is due on sale in early 2020.

As well as abandoning diesel, Honda want to cut the number of model variations to a third of its current offering by 2025. This is claimed to reduce production costs globally by 10% – money that can be redirected towards research and development.

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24 September 2019

More to do with low sales and lack of decent clean diesel options than a conscious, which is worth remembering when the announcement final comes.

Not sure what Honda does with it's R and D budget as there's still no decent mass market Honda BEV on the horizon.

24 September 2019

None of the Japanese manufacturers initially had diesel products as far as I know, they only made diesels for the european market, they had the good sense to not want to poison their own population at home just so certain individuals could get a tax break/BIK etc.

24 September 2019
405line wrote:

None of the Japanese manufacturers initially had diesel products as far as I know, they only made diesels for the european market, they had the good sense to not want to poison their own population at home just so certain individuals could get a tax break/BIK etc.

A lot of the Japanese import minivans I see tend to be diesels?? Like Mitsubishi Delicia, Toyota Hiaces etc... they’ve all been shipped over from Japan as it’s to expensive to keep older cars on the road for tax reasons I believe 

 

24 September 2019

Yes, correct commercial type vehicles are better served by diesel, however what I was talking about was domestic car type vehicles.

24 September 2019

After their shabby treatment of Swindon.

24 September 2019

Honestly, i wouldn't be at all surprised if Honda just left Europe around 2025. If the new Jazz doesn't do better than the old one they'll either leave completely or just take a back seat and mostly ignore Europe ( like Subaru ).

 

24 September 2019

The writing has been on the wall for diesel for several years now.

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