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Honda exits diesel cars in Europe in shift to electrics by 2025

Automaker joins exodus sparked by Volkswagen scandal

Honda will phase out diesel versions of the HR-V crossover vehicle in Europe by 2021.   © Honda Motor

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will stop selling diesel vehicles in Europe by 2021, becoming the latest global automaker to end development of the engine in favor of electrified cars, Nikkei has learned.

The Japanese automaker will retire diesel versions of the Civic car and HR-V sport utility vehicle from its European lineup. The removal will conclude by the time the company's British assembly plant closes in 2021.

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