Honda to end diesel cars sales in Europe by 2021

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Honda to end diesel cars sales in Europe by 2021
Honda to end diesel cars sales in Europe by 2021

According to Auto Freak.

Honda will stop selling cars with diesel engines in Europe by 2021, with the company's European range to instead be dominated by electrified drivetrains. The automaker confirmed to Reuters it will cease selling diesel-powered vehicles by 2021.

The timing of diesel's demise for Honda's European operations coincides with the closure of its UK manufacturing plant. Earlier this year, Honda announced it will close
its factory in Swindon, UK, in 2021 when the current Civic reaches the end of its life-cycle.

Manufacturing prospects in EuropeHonda Motor Co Ltd said on Monday it would phase out all diesel cars by 2021 in favor of models with electric propulsion systems, as the Japanese automaker moves to electrify all of its European cars by2025.

Honda to end diesel cars sales in Europe by 2021
Honda to end diesel cars sales in Europe by 2021

Honda is the latest automaker cutting production of diesel cars to meet stringent global emissions regulations. The plan is part of its long-term goal to make electric cars, including all battery-electric vehicles, to account for two-thirds of its lineups by 2030 from less than 10% now.

Savings toward something better The factory produce Civic hatchbacks for the UK, Europe and some export markets, including NorthAmerica. It also makes the company range of i-DTEC turbo-diesel engines.

Declining demand currently only a limited number of Honda vehicles are sold in Europe with a diesel engine option, including the HR-V and Civic. For the latest CR-V Honda's European arm decided to drop diesel in favor of a hybrid, while the next-generation Jazz will be sold on the Continent purely as a hybrid.

The automaker has committed to selling only electrified, either hybrid or fully electric, vehicles in Europe by2025. Tougher emissions regulations next year, according to European Union emission targets, CO2 must be cut to 95 gram per km for 95%of cars from the current 120.5-gram average, a figure that has increased of late as consumers spurn fuel-efficient diesel and embrace SUVs. All new cars in the EU must be compliant in 2021.

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