With the Honda Insight and CR-Z models receiving the axe, Honda no longer has a fully-dedicated hybrid model to fight the Toyota Prius. However, that will soon change.
The Japanese automaker is serious about electrifying its lineup, as evidenced by the revised Accord Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in hybrid models, and had confirmed that a new dedicated hybrid will be added to the lineup sometime in 2018.
In fact, as part of its Electrification Initiative, Honda will significantly expand the number of electrified models in its lineup. More than half of all new models launching in 2018 and 2019 will be electrified, and this includes a hybrid version of the Ridgeline light pickup truck.
The company has the ambitious goal of halving its total CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by 2050. It wants two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030.
Let’s hope the dedicated hybrid model at least fares better than the Insight did against the seemingly indomitable Prius.