24.9.2019Honda to remove diesel in Europe by 2021
Honda will phase out all diesel cars from its line-up by 2021, replacing them with electric and electrified powertrains.
Reports from Reuters say that the Japanese firm is ditching diesel power as Honda moves to electrify all of its European models by 2025.
Plans include pure-electric models - like the forthcoming Honda e - as well as plug-in hybrids and other electric vehicles. These will account for two-thirds of its car line-up by 2013, if all goes to plan, compared to a figure of less than 10% now.
Declining demand for diesel power in Europe is a key reason behind the move, and Honda's latest hybrid powertrain - launched on the CR-V - is expected to largely replace diesel options in the near future.
Stricter emissions limits means the CR-V has already had a diesel option removed, and the Jazz only has a petrol engine in its line-up. The Civic and HR-V are currently the only models in the Honda range that have a diesel engine.
The next-generation Jazz will be a hybrid-only model in Europe, having previously been confirmed as such by Honda, and the Honda e is due on sale early next year.