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Honda Axes Civic Hybrid, Civic CNG, and Accord Plug-In Models

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/16/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Although Honda has already launched some big products this year, things are just heating up for the automaker as it prepares to roll out an all-new Civic this fall. In a media briefing this week, Honda spoke more about the upcoming Civic and told us not to expect new hybrid or natural gas versions of the compact car. The automaker has discontinued these models along with the Accord Plug-In to make room for a new generation of electrics, plug-ins, and hydrogen vehicles.

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As we already know, the tenth-generation Civic lineup will offer five-door variants as well as a new turbo engine option. Not only does the new Civic promise a more engaging drive, but it is also expected to top out at over 40 mpg. The coveted Honda Civic Type R Hatch Models Confirmed for the U.S." target="_blank">Type R version will likely arrive "the year after next," according to American Honda boss John Mendel. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

A greater emphasis on the Civic's sporty new character is partially to blame for Honda's decision to discard the CNG and hybrid Civics, Mendel reveals. Changing consumer preferences also play a major role. The natural gas Civic has been on sale since 1998, but now that the price of natural gas closely matches the price of gasoline, Honda will shift its focus elsewhere.

Honda will begin its green vehicle offence starting next year with a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Along with a future battery electric vehicle, Honda will also produce a new plug-in hybrid by 2018 to replace the "very low volume" Accord Plug-In, which was released in select states in 2013. Unlike this niche product, Honda aims for its new green vehicles to become mainstream, volume products for the brand. 2014 honda accord plug in© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 honda accord plug in

Honda Axes Civic Hybrid, Civic CNG, and Accord Plug-In Models

Also on the green front, a new Accord Hybrid will debut for the 2017 model year with a next-gen two-motor hybrid system that is expected to deliver greater efficiency and performance. Production of the model will shift to Japan, where Honda expects to churn out more Accord Hybrids for increased sales in the future. In the shorter term, Honda is focusing on launching its new light trucks. Honda just recently rolled out the HR-V, and a new Pilot goes on sale this week. A re-imagined Ridgeline is set to arrive in early 2016 followed later in the year by an all-new Odyssey.

Source: Honda

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