In a move that would be unthinkable to most North American consumers, Honda will stop selling its ubiquitous Civic in Japan due to non-existant demand for the iconic compact.
Japanese have been gravitating towards hybrids, ultra-compact cars and small minivans for some time now, leaving little room for the venerable Civic sedan, an extremely popular vehicle in the rest of the world. The Civic sedan has been the best selling car in Canada for a number of years, and is also extremely popular in America.
That didn’t help the fact that Honda only sold 182 Civic Sedans in Japan for the month of October (in addition to 270 Civic Hybrids), an abysmal number for such a blue-chip product. Fortunately, the Civic will still be built for export in one of Honda’s Japanese plants, and our own supply, built in a factory outside of Toronto, Canada, will be secure for the forseeable future.