On Tuesday, Honda said they will stop selling its Civic in Japan. They stated reasons relating to demand for passenger sedans in its home market being on the decline. "Honda, Japan's third largest vehicle manufacturer by sales volume, will end domestic production of the Civic hybrid for the Japanese market in December. It stopped domestic production of the gasoline engine version for the home market in August," said the Wall Street Journal.
The Civic Hybrid will continue to be exported from Honda's Suzuka plant in Mie Prefecture, western Japan. This is the only place it produces the gasoline-electric model.
Domestic sales of the midsize sedan will end as soon as inventories run out, but the company will continue to sell the Civic in North America, Europe and other markets abroad as it builds the model at 13 overseas factories.
Honda introduced the Civic in 1972, as its first global strategic car. It helped the last Japanese entrant into the domestic car market become a global auto maker. Sales of the Civic in Japan reached their largest annual volume of 177,000 vehicles in 1975, accounting for 71% of the company's overall domestic sales that year.
In recent years demand has dropped as consumer interest shifted to minivans and compact cars such as the Honda Fit. Honda sold 609,000 units of the Civic globally in 2009.
Stop by Midlands Honda to see all the Civic models they have in stock, located at 124 Killian Commons Parkway Columbia, SC 29203.