Sunday, 16 February 2014

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Honda spokesman told Automotive News Europe the Insight and CR-Z hybrids won't be offered in Europe anymore.

 Honda Insight and CR-Z facing the axe in Europe - report

It was October last year when we heard a rumor about Honda's decision to stop selling the Insight and CR-Z models on the old continent and now that rumor is a reality. Due to a weak demand, Honda has decided to withdraw these hybrids from Europe but you can still have one since the company has a few of them left in stock.

Honda sold 62 percent less units of the Insight last year in Europe, managing to deliver just 1,242 cars. Sales of the CR-Z dropped by 66 percent to only 695 units, based on the figures released by market researcher JATO Dynamics.

As we have previously reported, the Insight has a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine and an electric motor that enables the model to produce a combined maximum output of 102 HP (75 kW) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to return 65.7 mpg UK (4.3 L/100km / 54.7 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

The CR-Z, on the other hand, has a 1.5-liter engine and electric motor for a combined maximum output of 137 HP (100 kW) and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the hatchback to average up to 56.5 mpg UK (5.0 L/100km / 47.0 mpg US) with CO2 emissions as low as 116 g/km.

Europeans who would really like to have an alternative-powered Honda can grab the previous-gen Jazz but this model has also gone down in popularity, with sales decreasing from 7,500 units in 2012 to 4,500 cars in 2013. A plug-in hybrid variant of the new Jazz fit is slated for a 2015 release but Honda hasn't decided whether the model will hit European dealerships.

Source: Al Ain Japan