LOS ANGELES — Honda stays dedicated to its core automotive fashions within the U.S. however can not make an financial case for the Match subcompact, Civic coupe and six-speed handbook model of the Accord sedan, all of that are being discontinued after the 2020 mannequin yr.
The HR-V subcompact crossover will develop into Honda’s entry-level car together with decrease trims of the Civic. The Civic hatchback has grown in reputation on the expense of the Match and the Civic coupe, and manufacturing of the hatch will transfer to the U.S. from the U.Okay. subsequent yr.
“We’re discontinuing one automotive, however for us the true story is how dedicated we’re to our core automotive merchandise,” mentioned Gary Robinson, assistant vice chairman of product planning. “We will be very a lot centered on the Civic and the Accord, which successfully created the picture of the Honda model within the U.S.”
Robinson mentioned vital modifications are coming for Civic — which helped establish the Honda brand within the U.S. through the early 1970s, and the Accord sedan, a perennial top seller for the reason that 1980s — with out providing any particulars.
The Civic will likely be redesigned for the 2022 mannequin yr, and the Accord is due for a midcycle freshening for 2021. Likewise, the HR-V is coming to the tip of its life cycle, with the primary era launched for 2016.
The Match first got here to the U.S. in 2006, with the third-generation mannequin on sale in 2015. The subcompact hatchback joins a rising record of automobiles discontinued by automakers in recent times. Toyota is dropping the Yaris subcompact after the 2020 mannequin yr. Chevrolet is ending manufacturing of the Sonic this yr, and Hyundai’s Accent is ultimately being changed by the brand new Venue crossover.
Honda launched a new-generation Match final yr for the European market, the place it is known as the Jazz, however didn’t convey it to the U.S. That turned out to be the writing on the wall for the small automotive, which was recognized for its versatile inside, funky exterior styling and comparatively fun-to-drive character within the phase.
U.S. gross sales of the Match had been flat final yr at 35,414. In distinction, HR-V demand rose 16 p.c to 99,104.
In Europe, the Jazz is a vital product for Honda, with a normal hybrid engine and a “Crosstar” variant with SUV styling. U.S. consumers are warming as much as hybrids, however in bigger automobiles such because the CR-V, which now is available in a hybrid variant.
The Civic coupe and the Accord handbook had been outliers in a market the place two-door automobiles and handbook transmissions have plummeted in reputation. The coupe accounts for simply 6 p.c of all U.S. Civic gross sales in contrast with 16 p.c 4 years in the past, Honda mentioned. And the Accord with a stick has only a 2 p.c take charge.
The truth is, Honda ended manufacturing of the handbook Accord in December and nonetheless has sufficient stock for the remainder of the mannequin yr. Whereas the Match lives on in different markets, the Civic coupe is not bought outdoors of North America.
Match manufacturing for North America will finish at Honda’s plant in central Mexico, which can develop its output of the HR-V.
Whereas vehicle lovers reward automakers who stay dedicated to automotive styling and handbook transmissions, there merely will not be sufficient consumers to maintain them for many fashions. The Civic retains its handbook transmissions in sedan, hatch, Si sport trim and the track-ready Sort R efficiency variant.
“I get it that there are individuals who will likely be disillusioned, however I’ve full confidence that what we’re going to have the ability to supply folks within the market, they don’t seem to be shedding something,” Robinson mentioned.