On April 8, American Honda revealed that it will discontinue production of their Crosstour for the US market. Honda stated, â€œThe 2015 Crosstour will be the final model as we will be ceasing its production from 2016.â€
Debuted in 2009 as the Accord Crosstour, this 5-door crossover vehicle was produced as a variant to the previous Accord (the Inspire, in Japan). The 2013 model featured its first significant makeover since its debut and was renamed the Crosstour as a result.
Lack of sales has forced Honda to discontinue production of the Crosstour. In 2014, sales dropped by 29.9% from the previous year to 11,802 units in the US. With production of the Crosstour ceasing at their East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio, Honda could utilize its excess production capacity to other automobiles.
American Hondaâ€™s Executive Vice President, John Mendel said, â€œSince its release in 2010, the Crosstour has made a significant contribution to our sales of crossover vehicles. However, the crossover segment has changed. Our all-new HR-V (the Vezel, in Japan) to be released this spring will provide new value to customers who are looking to purchase a crossover vehicle.â€
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)