Death by diesel? That may be the epitaph of the Honda Insight and CR-Z in Europe, where the Japanese automaker will discontinue sales of the two hybrid models before to the 2015 model-year. A Honda spokesman confirmed the discontinuation to Automotive News, and information on those models has been taken off of Honda's official websites in Germany, Spain and Italy. The European embrace of all things diesel and fuel efficient as well as competition from Toyota are the primary culprits.
Honda is pretty much holding the line on pricing for its CR-Z hybrid hatchback. For the 2014 model year, Honda is increasing the base price by a mere twenty dollars to $19,995, keeping the model's price just under that magic $20,000 figure. For the fully equipped CR-Z EX, Honda was a little more aggressive, raising its base price by $185 to $21,840 (neither price includes the $790 destination charge). The 2014 CR-Z went on sale Tuesday.