A refreshed and facelifted Civic Hatch range debuted in Australia last week, but the sole diesel model, the DTi-S, was conspicuously absent.
Today, the carmaker has revealed the DTi-S will not feature in the 2015 line-up, thanks in large part to a lack of demand in the market.
That lack of interest can likely be put down to the diesel model’s high price – the well-equipped DTi-S carried a $6340 premium over the base Civic Hatch VTi when it launched in 2013 – and manual-only availability.
Although the DTi-S tested well here at The Motor Report, it was never a popular offering in the Honda range, accounting for just 3.0 percent of Civic sales.
The DTi-S was not alone in its corner, however, with year-to-date diesel sales in Australia’s passenger vehicle market down 24.6 percent for private sales, while diesel sales in the fleet market has fallen 31 percent.
Sales of hybrid vehicles have also dropped off with private buyers, down 36.1 percent, although fleet interest in hybrids is up seven 7.0 percent.
Interestingly, electric vehicles are gaining ground in Australia, with year-to-date sales up 175.8 percent. But, with 91 sales so far this year, the segment is hardly blowing up.
As for the Civic, sales of Honda’s small car have fallen 52.5 percent in 2015, with 1447 sales year-to-date against 3045 for the same period in 2014.
The Civic range’s drop puts the brand in an unenviable position, beaten so far this year by just about all of the traditional volume sellers.
Leading the ‘small car’ segment in 2015 is the Toyota Corolla (14,910), followed closely by the Mazda3 (13,424).
The Hyundai i30 and Elantra hatch/sedan pair follow (8614/2517), while the Volkswagen Golf (7054) and Holden Cruze (5236) round out the leaders.
Languishing further down in the pack are the Ford Focus (2994, down from 6091 at the end of April 2014), Kia Cerato (3108, up from 2135), the Nissan Pulsar (2632, down from 3191) and the Mitsubishi Lancer (2571).