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

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 Honda CR-V has ditched its long-standing diesel option in favour of a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, meaning only the Civic and Honda 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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AQ42 24 September 2019

What took them so long?

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

tuga 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 ).


Thekrankis 24 September 2019

Ditch Honda

After their shabby treatment of Swindon.