Honda to end diesel car sales in Europe by 2021

Honda will stop selling diesel-powered vehicles on the Continent when its plant in the UK closes.
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Honda will stop selling cars with diesel engines in Europe by 2021, with the company's European range to instead be dominated by electrified drivetrains.

The automaker confirmed to Reuters it will cease selling diesel-powered vehicles by the 2021.

The timing of diesel's demise for Honda's European operations coincides with the closure of its UK manufacturing plant.

Earlier this year Honda announced it will close its factory in Swindon, UK, in 2021 when the current Civic reaches the end of its life-cycle.

The factory produce Civic hatchbacks for the UK, Europe and some export markets, including North America. It also makes the company's range of i-DTEC turbo-diesel engines.

Currently only a limited number of Honda vehicles are sold in Europe with a diesel engine option, including the HR-V and Civic.

For the latest CR-V Honda's European arm decided to drop diesel in favour of a hybrid, while the next-generation Jazz will be sold on the Continent purely as a hybrid.

The automaker has committed to selling only electrified — either hybrid or fully electric — vehicles in Europe by 2025.