I have gathered the top 5 Honda cars no one bought. Honda has been a decent carmaker in our country. It has never sold an exorbitantly high number of cars. But some of its products have been well-received by the customers. However, there are always some models of auto companies which don’t do as well as the brand would’ve liked. Hence, they are often taken out of production soon after their introduction. There could be various reasons for that. Let us take a look at the details of 5 such cars from the Japanese carmaker.
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5 Honda Cars No One Bought
|Less Popular Honda Cars|
|Honda Civic Hybrid|
|Honda Civic (10th Generation)|
|Honda CR-V (5th Generation)|
|Honda Accord (9th Generation)|
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Honda Civic Hybrid
The first vehicle on this list of top 5 Honda cars which no one bought is the Civic Hybrid. Note that while this was the 8th generation model in the international lifecycle of the Civic moniker, this was introduced in India for the first time in 2008. It had a potent 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor generating a decent 110 hp and 123 Nm of peak power and torque. As is the case with most Honda cars, it used to come with a CVT automatic gearbox. Being a hybrid, the ARAI mileage was an impressive 20 km/l. However, it used to cost a whopping Rs 23 lakh in India. That was a huge ask at the time as the technology around hybrid powertrains was expensive. Hence, it didn’t do well on the sales charts.
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Honda BR-V resembled the Mobilio, which was based on the Brio. It was aimed to rival the Hyundai Creta in our market. However, its silhouette made it look more like an MPV rather than a solid SUV. That worked against it and people didn’t resonate with it. It used to come powered by a 1.5-litre petrol mill outputting 117 hp and 145 Nm of peak power and torque. There was also a 1.5-litre diesel mill belting out 98 hp and 200 Nm of peak power and torque. It had manual and automatic transmission options and remained in production between 2016 and 2020.
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Honda Civic (10th Generation)
The 10th generation Honda Civic was launched in India in 2019. It was meant to rival the luxury sedans in the mass market like the Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia. There were two engine options with the Civic – a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol generating 141 PS and 174 Nm, and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine making 120 PS and 300 Nm of peak power and torque. The petrol engine was paired with a CVT automatic, while the diesel mill could be had with a 6-speed manual transmission. As a matter of fact, the diesel variant boasted a mileage of 26.8 km/l, which was the best in the segment. However, due to its steep price and a lack of manual option with the petrol engine, it never gained much traction. Hence, it was taken off the shelf in 2020.
Honda CR-V (5th Generation)
The next vehicle on this list of the top 5 Honda cars no one bought is the 5th generation CR-V. It belonged to the premium SUV segment in India back in 2018. It used to come in two engine options – a 1.6-litre diesel mill churning out a healthy 120 PS and 300 Nm and a 2.0-litre petrol belting out 154 PS and 189 Nm of peak power and torque. Both of these variants only came with automatic transmissions. The former had a 9-speed AT, while the latter had a CVT automatic. There was an all-wheel-drive trim with a diesel engine too. Unfortunately, due to low demand, the SUV never really attracted much attention.
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Honda Accord (9th Generation)
Finally, there is the Honda Accord (9th Generation) which failed to impress the buyers in India. Accord Hybrid was launched in India in 2016. It had a powerful 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor powered by a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. The combined output stood at a cool 212 hp. Being a full hybrid, the Accord had three modes – petrol, hybrid and full electric. However, its astronomical price tag of a whopping Rs 40.57 lakh, ex-showroom didn’t sit too well with the potential buyers. As a result, in 2020, the Japanese auto giant pulled the plug on the Accord Hybrid.
I must mention here that it is quite common in the automobile realm for some models to fail. In fact, it is part and parcel of the industry. But one must understand that a car company learns a lot from the failure of every vehicle. It takes the low sales as feedback to improve further. There are always new cars from the companies which correct the issue with the cars that didn’t do too well on the sales charts. Hence, it is quite common for many car models to not work.