Honda to end Europe sales of Insight and CR-Z hybrids
The weak demand in recent times forced Honda to take a drastic measure. The Japanese carmaker will stop selling its Insight and CR-Z gasoline-electric hybrids models in Europe and it will gradually sell off its remaining European stocks in dealerships.
Honda, anticipating even Toyota, was the first automaker to sell a mass-production hybrid in Europe when it introduced the two-seat Insight in 1999, a year ahead of Toyota's Prius.
However, the two models are still listed in France and UK, but they disappeared in Germany, Spain and Italy. Since the launch, Honda has sold a total of about 125,000 hybrid cars in Europe.
The hybrid variant of the Jazz subcompact will be the only model in Honda's lineup to offer the company's alternative powertrain.