Honda is making revision of its model range for the USA getting rid of unprofitable things. Changes have affected such models as the Accord, Civic and the Fit.
The Honda Accord (pictured above) is no longer available with a six-speed manual transmission. Previously it was a no-cost option on the Sport models with a 1.5-liter 192-hp engine or a 2.0-liter 252-hp one.
The company says the manual gearbox made up only around 1-2 percent of the Accord sales. At the same time, Honda updates the Accord for the 2021 model year adding new styling and features. The facelift will be unveiled later this year.
Besides, the automaker is discontinuing a two-door Honda Civic coupe. The 2020 model year is its last.
The car was on offer in two modifications – the standard model with either a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter or a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and the Si model with a more powerful 1.5-liter turbo (205 hp).
Sedan and hatchback models remain. When Honda launches the 11th-generation 2022 Civic next spring, a coupe version won’t arrive, for the first time in decades.
The reason of discontinuation – low sales, as the Civic coupe now represents just 6 percent of the mix.
Finally, Honda is phasing out the Fit hatchback in America after the 2020 model year, again, due to the low demand. Sales of the model have dropped this year by 19 percent to just 13,887 units.
The 2020 Honda Fit cars will remain at the U.S dealers for the next few months. The manufacture of the current-gen Fit in Mexico will end. Instead, Honda is increasing production of the related HR-V subcompact crossover.
The new 4th generation Fit (also called Jazz) is available on other markets, including Europe and Japan.