The Honda Civic Coupe and Honda Fit subcompact will be discontinued
The Honda Accord manual gearbox option is also canned
The report comes from Automotive News (subscription required). Honda will be focusing instead on its SUV lineup and best-selling Civic and Accord trims. The Honda HR-V will become the entry-level Honda model in the US.
We spoke with Honda Canada who also confirmed the end of the Civic Coupe, Fit, and Accord manual in Canada.
”With Civic buyers, particularly younger buyers, increasingly gravitating toward Civic Hatchback and Sedan, and a general decline in coupe sales across the industry, Honda will conclude production of Civic Coupe at the end of the 2020 model year. In 2019, sales of Civic Coupe fell to just 3% in Canada”, Honda told us by email.
“Honda will also conclude production of Fit for North American markets at the end of the 2020 model year. Since Honda introduced the first generation Fit in 2006, the market has evolved. HR-V and Civic Hatchback have become the new gateway models for the Honda brand, offering even significant utility, performance and value. Today, Civic Hatchback outsells Fit almost 2-to-1, while HR-V also has experienced substantial organic growth, with a 43 percent gain in 2019”, Honda Canada also told us.
Honda pulling the plug on the Fit was to be expected with dwindling small car sales across North America. When Honda introduced the redesigned Jazz to Europe last year, there was no mention whatsoever for the new generation coming to North America as the Fit. Sales of the Fit in the US were a third of Honda HR-V sales in 2019.
The Civic Coupe getting the boot is a bit more surprising just because there wasn’t any indication Honda was considering the move. On the other hand, the Coupe model accounts for just 6 per cent of Civic sales in the US.
And then there’s the Honda Accord manual. Less than 2 per cent of Honda Accord models sold last year had a manual, so no one will really miss it. The car did hold a special place in our hearts, however.
The Accord could pair that manual gearbox with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that delivered 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That combo just isn’t found anywhere else. Buyers will now have to make due with the 10-speed automatic.
The Honda Civic Si will remain, but only in sedan form and a manual will remain available across the lineup. There are no plans to remove the Civic Type R either, so at least there’s that.