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Honda to drop Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe

A spokesperson from Honda said both cars are due to be replaced at the end of the year, but neither of the next-generation hybrids will be sold in Europe.  

According to SMMT figures, UK sales of the Insight totaled 462 units during 2013, while the CR-Z coupe sold 318 cars. The Toyota Auris Hybrid found 6,160 UK homes during 2013.

Instead, Honda will focus on products built in Europe – specifically the Civic range with the 1.6-litre Earth Dreams Technology diesel engine, the Civic Tourer and Type R, and the CR-V SUV, which is now available with the same downsized diesel engine.

Honda’s European hybrid range will be cut back to a single model – the Jazz Hybrid – though this is also due for an imminent replacement. The Civic Hybrid was withdrawn during 2010.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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