Honda to scale back diesel vehicle business in Europe

The Yomiuri ShimbunHonda Motor Co. has decided to scale down its manufacturing and sales of diesel vehicles in Europe, company officials said Friday.

The officials said the automaker will not release diesel-powered CR-V sport-utility vehicles in 2018 and introduce only gasoline and hybrid vehicles to the European market.

Honda judged it will be difficult to increase sales of diesel vehicles due to the diesel emissions scandal and environmental regulations in Europe, the officials said.

The vehicle maker plans to increase global sales of hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles to two-thirds of overall sales in 2030. In Europe, both Britain and France have announced they plan to phase out sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040.

Among the Japanese makers, Subaru Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are reviewing their manufacturing and sales plans of diesel vehicles.

MMC will, for the time being, suspend sales of diesel models of its new Eclipse Cross sport-utility vehicles, which it had planned to launch this autumn. Speech

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