Honda has killed off several of its slow-selling cars, some of which you probably didn’t know existed. The Civic Hybrid, Civic CNG and Accord Plug-In Hybrid have all received the axe.
The Civic Hybrid and CNG (natural gas) variants, in particular, will be discontinued once the 10th-generation Civic goes on sale in late 2015.
“With two new engines on the new Civic, including our first turbo engine, we are targeting class-leading fuel economy for Civic, with EPA highway fuel economy a few ticks above 40 miles per gallon,” Honda said in a press statement.
The Japanese automaker seems to suggest that the non-hybrid Civic could offer fuel-economy numbers close to the current Civic Hybrid’s 44 / 47 mpg city / highway rating, which is impressive when considering that the most fuel efficient non-hybrid model in its lineup achieves 31 / 41 mpg.
As for the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, it won’t be offered going forward, although the regular Accord hybrid will still be part of the lineup.
Honda’s latest hybrid cull comes just one year after the company killed off the Honda Insight due to slow sales, and there is a good chance the CR-Z hybrid sports car is next on the list.
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New Honda e Electric Car Makes Big Power, Has 124-Mile Range
With more than 221 lb-ft. of torque to work with, the tiny EV is no push-over.
Honda has released some performance details for its latest electric car, the Honda e.
Powered by a rear mounted electric motor, the cute, retro inspired electric hatchback makes 148 horsepower and more than 221 lb-ft. of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. That’s a lot of torque for such a pint-sized.
The ample power and rear-wheel drive configuration, together with a 50:50 weight distribution, low center of gravity, four-wheel independent McPherson Strut suspension, and turning radius of just 4.3 meters (14 feet), should make the Honda e a lot of fun to drive around the city.
A 35.5kWh battery allows it to travel up to 124 miles on a single charge. Once depleted, it can be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes using a fast charger.
The Honda e makes its debut in the second half of 2019, but buyers in the UK, Germany, France and Norway can already reserve one. Would consider buying Honda’s small electric car?
The Full-Size Lego Honda Civic Type R Is Marvelous
It’s the Honda Civic’s turn to get the Lego treatment.
Full-size Lego versions of popular cars are becoming somewhat of a trend. Case in point, just a month after we brought you the full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna, Honda has teamed up with Lego Masters Judge Ryan “Brickman” McNaught to create a life-sized Civic Type R made out of more than 320,000 Lego bricks.
The Lego Civic Type R was Commissioned to celebrate the launch of the “Lego Masters” television show in Australia and it took a team of nine people over 1,300 hours to make it a reality. To build it, the team used an actual Civic Type R and CAD drawings to create a blueprint before putting all the Lego parts together from the ground up, layer by layer.
Unlike the full-scale Lego Bugatti Chiron, the Lego Civic Type R isn’t a working model, though some parts like its lights do work and are controlled by an iPad. Did Honda and Lego do a good job?
Honda Increases Production In US, Canada After Closing UK Plant
The Civic will be “produced for North America in North America.”
Honda has confirmed that it will increase vehicle production in the United States and Canada after deciding to close its Swindon, England, factory, its only factory in Europe, as well as another facility located in Turkey.
“Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America,” Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told Automotive News.
The executive stressed the decision stemmed from a trade deal signed by the European Union and Japan that makes importing Japanese cars into Europe considerably more affordable, making building them locally to skirt tariffs no longer necessary. It apparently had nothing to do with Brexit.
Honda currently manufactures the Civic in Ontario Canada and the U.S. state of Indiana, but it didn’t reveal how the additional capacity will be divided between the two factories. Its two overseas plants are slated to go offline in 2021, with approximately 3,500 employees expected to lose their jobs in the UK factory alone.