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Wednesday, 17th November 2010
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Honda to cease Japan Civic sales

Japanese car-maker Honda has announced that it will halt sales of its Civic model in Japan due to decreasing demand.

Production of petrol Civics for the Japanese market ceased in August and hybrid production is scheduled to stop next month.

However, it is expected that models for export will still be made in the country at the Suzuka factory in Mie Prefecture. The model is also produced at 13 factories overseas.

Figures from Honda show that 9,000 Civic cars were sold in Japan in 2009 and this marked a steadily decline from the peak years of sales. In 1975, the company sold 177,000 Civic vehicles to Japan-based consumers.

Meanwhile, Honda's CR-Z Hybrid model has been named as Japan's Car of the Year. The vehicle retails for Y2.268 million (£17,000) and clams to offer drivers 25km per litre of fuel.

Written by Mark Smith

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