Honda immediately introduced plans for a lot of of its automobiles for the 2021 mannequin yr, and among the many bulletins of latest options and updates was some unhappy information: The Fit subcompact hatchback and Civic coupe are being discontinued, as are handbook variations of the Accord mid-size sedan. Time to pour one (or three) out.
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Dropping the Match is a disappointment, although we weren’t precisely shocked. Honda redesigned the Match for different areas for the 2020 mannequin yr however not for the U.S. — and this was earlier than COVID-19 screwed up everybody’s plans.
The Match is a enjoyable little metropolis automobile with remarkable utility — Cars.com even owned one, and I miss it dearly — however in response to Honda, extra entry-level patrons are flocking to the HR-V subcompact SUV (the Match’s SUV equal) and Civic hatchback, the latter of which Honda says outsells the Match by a 2-to-1 ratio. (All can be forgiven, Honda, in case you convey the e Prototype electrical hatchback right here as a replacement … which in all probability isn’t within the playing cards, sadly, however we are able to dream.)
This Makes the Civic Coupe Fredo, I Guess?
The story is analogous for the Civic coupe, which can be outsold by the Civic hatch. Honda says that since this technology of Civic was launched for the 2016 mannequin yr, hatchbacks have grown to 24% of all Civic gross sales whereas coupe gross sales have declined to six% now from 16% in 2016.
What does this imply for the sportier Civic Si, which was provided in sedan and coupe physique kinds? Based on Honda, Civic Si manufacturing will “pause” after the 2020 mannequin yr as Honda prepares the next-generation Civic, “together with a brand new Civic Si sedan.” Will we get the Si in hatchback kind with the following technology, or will the hatch be reserved for the higher-performance Type R? Honda isn’t saying, but — although it is saying that the “Civic hatchback will assume the place of the sporty and private selection within the Civic lineup.”
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And After We Simply Named the Handbook Accord a Future Traditional, Too
Another disappointment from Honda got here within the announcement that the handbook Accord could be discontinued — not shocking given Honda’s declare that handbook gross sales accounted for 1-2% of the Accord’s gross sales complete. In actual fact, demand was so low that Honda says it stopped even constructing handbook Accords in December 2019. We didn’t know this may occur when we called it a potential future classic on National Stick Shift Day, however once more, this isn’t a shocking growth. Relaxation assured, nevertheless, that Honda isn’t giving up on the handbook transmission completely — a minimum of for now.
“Handbook transmissions will stay an essential a part of the Honda lineup, at present out there in [the] Civic sedan, hatchback, Si and Kind R,” Honda mentioned in a press release. “Fanatic shoppers have lengthy reaped the rewards of this dedication, and people patrons helped make Honda the retail No. 1 manual-transmission model in America in 2019.”
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