Honda Ditching Diesels In Europe, Will Focus On EV And Hybrid Tech

Honda is planning on axing its diesel models in Europe, while focusing on all-electric and hybrid powertrains moving forward. The Japanese automaker wants two thirds of its vehicles sold in Europe to be electrified by 2025.

According to a senior Honda executive, his company plans to ditch all diesels on sale in Europe by the year 2021, when the current Civic will get replaced, reports Automotive News Europe.

“Every single model change from now on will not have a diesel,” said Dave Hodgetts, managing director for Honda in the UK, the automaker’s largest European market.

The new CR-V crossover is Honda’s first mainstream new model to be launched without a diesel. Once it arrives in March, it will only feature gasoline-electric and full hybrid powertrains – the latter working alongside a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. In fact, Honda expects the hybrid version of the CR-V to account for half of the nameplate’s 60,000 predicted annual sales in Europe.

Right now, you can still get a diesel engine from Honda as long as you opt for either the Civic hatchback or the HR-V crossover. Meanwhile, replacements for the HR-V as well as the Jazz are expected in 2020 with the automaker’s i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system.

Honda will launch its first fully-electric car next year, based on the Urban EV concept previewed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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  • Bash

    I wonder who and why still considering diesels for the coming years.

  • usa_resident

    Honda itself should be ditched

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