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Trevor Collett | Oct, 23 2013 | 8 Comments

Honda is reportedly considering dropping its hybrid-powered CR-Z and Insight models from the European market, off the back of disappointing sales.

Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, a company insider reportedly said that shrinking sales - particularly in Spain and Italy - meant the two models would not be offered to the European market when their respective updates arrived.

The updated CR-Z and Insight hybrids would still be sold in both the US and Japanese markets however, meaning that both left- and right-hand-drive versions would still be available.

Locally, the CR-Z hybrid was introduced in April this year with slightly increased prices, starting from $38,490 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual and $40,790 for the seven-speed CVT.

The Insight however brought a $3000 price cut in July, with the VTi starting from $26,990 plus on-roads and a $30,490 price tag for the VTi-L.

Honda’s last upgrade to the Insight arrived locally in 2012, which included LED daytime running lights, integrated Bluetooth with steering-wheel mounted controls and new door mirrors with side turn indicators.

Sales figures for the CR-Z and Insight in Australia in September were capped at four and 14 respectively. While Insight sales remain steady compared to last year, the CR-Z has seen a significant drop in numbers.

Any ramifications for the two models in Australia, following a potential axing in Europe, remain unclear.

Honda’s Civic and Jazz hybrid models are believed to be unaffected by the decision.

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