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Honda to stop diesel car sales in Europe by 2021

FILE PHOTO: The Honda logo is displayed on the 89th Geneva international motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 5, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

(Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Monday it would phase out all diesel cars by 2021 in favor of a model with an electric propulsion system, as the Japanese automaker moves to electrify all of the European cars a year by 2025.

Honda is the latest automaker to cut production of diesel cars to meet the rigorous global emissions regulations. The plan is part of a long-term goal is to have an electric vehicle, including battery electric vehicles, which account for two-thirds of the line-up by 2030, from less than 10% at this time.

The next year, according to the European Union’s emission goals, the CO2 needs to be reduced to 95 grams per kilometer to 95% of the cars in the current 120.5 grams, on average, to an increase of late, as consumers spurn fuel-efficient diesel engines, and to embrace the Suv. All of the new cars in the EU are required to comply in 2021.

For Honda, decline in demand for diesel vehicles and more stringent emission standards will have to be neglected in the production of, and the prospects in Europe.

Honda said in February it would have been the only Uk car plant in 2021, with the loss of 3,500 jobs.

World’s No. 3 car maker, has said that in order to reduce the number of car variations, on one-third of the current demand, by 2025, to reduce the global production costs by 10% and redirect those savings on in the direction of the leading-edge research and development.

Reporting Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Rashmi Aich

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