Yet another model is leaving the market. This time it’s from the Honda umbrella.
The Japanese automaker recently announced it will be dropping the Civic Coupe from its lineup after the current model year. In 2021, only the sedan and hatchback variants of the long-running nameplate will be offered to customers.
Over the last few years, Honda’s lineup of compact coupe models has continued to dwindle and is now dealt another blow with the discontinuation of the two-door Civic.
Customers who fancied the segment were given several options to choose from: a standard model equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine or a turbocharged 1.5-liter, as well as the Si model powered by a turbo 1.5-liter that delivers up to 205 horsepower.
Unfortunately, all these will not make it past the 2020 model year.
Honda says the decision to remove the Civic coupe from the portfolio was hinged on slow sales. When the current generation of the model debuted in 2016, it accounted for 16% of total sales. However, it has since plummeted to a measly 6%, according to the automaker.
Meanwhile, sales of the hatchback have grown to comprise around 24% of all Civic sales.
This explains why the company opted to let go of the coupe and keep the hatchback, along with the sedan, in the coming years.
Honda revealed that in the coming model year, it will release the 11th generation of the Civic, albeit in only two versions. Nothing much has been revealed about the new Civic right now, but a prototype of the Civic Type R hot hatch was previously spotted on a test drive.
The 2022 Honda Civic is expected to debut in the US sometime next spring.