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Honda Insight CR-Z HybridFaces Challenges: Sales Have Been Falling Down

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Sometimes to quote a famous frog it’s not easy being green.

Automotive News Europe (sub. required) reports that Honda will end European sales of the CR-Z and Insight hybrids after their numbers consistently failed to meet expectations.

Honda sold 1,242 Insight hybrids in Europe last year, down 62 percent from the year before. The CR-Z racked up just 695 sales, down 66 percent from 2012.

Honda will reportedly focus on diesel cars instead, which make up about half of the latest car salesthroughout Europe overall. The company launched a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in the Civic compact and CR-V crossover last year.

The organization also sells a hybrid version of your Jazz subcompact in Europe. This car is known as the Honda Fit in the United States along with other markets, and has been redesigned for the 2015 model year.

The model has already been rejected for the U.S, though honda hasn’t decided whether Europe is certain to get the 2015 Fit Hybrid.

And on this side from the Atlantic, the CR-Z and Insight have likewise failed to meet expectations.

2014 Honda Insight2014 Honda InsightThe CR-Z coupe was designed to appeal to enthusiasts, particularly those who remember the cult-classic CRX hatchback of the 1980s.

To that end, it’s really the only hybrid on the market today with a manual transmission. However, both performance and efficiency are somewhat compromised with this package.

A six-speed gearbox (a CVT is optional) is teamed with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor, which develop a combined 133 horsepower.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 37 mpg combined (36 mpg city, 39 mpg highway) for the CVT, and 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 38 mpg highway) to the manual.

The Insight, meanwhile, is a more practical five-door hatchback. It comes with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor, using a combined production of 98 hp.

The EPA rates the Insight’s fuel economy at 42 mpg combined (41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway).

Whilst the Insight does slightly undercut the similarly-sized Toyota Prius C on price, its performance doesn’t really stand out.

In fact, sales have been so low that we described the Insight as being the “forgotten hybrid.”

Rumors that Honda will can the Insight by 2015 have circulated, however the company hasn’t yet made any officials statements on the fate in the Insight or CR-Z inside the U.S.

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