Honda discontinued Civic sedan in Japan

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Due of poor demand for the brand, Honda is expected to discontinue the Civic sedan in its home market in Japan. The Japanese carmaker saw declining demand for their Civic sedan – selling just 1,619 units in the last fiscal year – and considered it appropriate to remove the product from the Japanese domestic market.

The Civic nameplate will continue to be used on the five-door hatchback variant while orders for the sedan are set to end. The performance-oriented Civic Type R still will start using the name. Those two versions are expected to stay on sale in Japan until their respective lifecycles have finished.

The current Civic was revealed back in 2016, now in its tenth generation, with the model seeing a mid-cycle update in 2018. The Civic nameplate has a long tradition in Japan and other foreign markets, since the first vehicle to wear the nickname was launched back in 1972.

After a long break, the Civic made a return on the Indian market in 2019 – the eighth-gen model was discontinued back in 2013 and the ninth-gen model did not make it at all. In India, we just get the Civic in its body type sedan. The sedan of India-spec Civic fights among executive sedans such as the Hyundai Elantra.

When the tenth-gen sedan was introduced in India it marked the first time an Indian-spec Civic had an option for a diesel engine. This 1.6-liter, 120hp diesel engine was briefly removed from the line-up in April 2020 as it was not compatible with BS6. Honda is expected to re-introduce the Civic diesel next month with reservations already available for the BS6 diesel sedan. The Civic petrol has been compliant with BS6 since its launch.

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