Honda FR-V to be phased out

  • Production ends in August
  • 13,531 sold in the UK
  • Still on sale, from £16,700
Honda way out... the FR-V is being phased out.
Honda way out... the FR-V is being phased out.
Honda is phasing out its FR-V six-seat MPV.

The final car will roll off the production line in August and there are no plans to replace it.

Launched in 2004, Honda says that 13,531 FR-Vs have been sold in the UK. The only other MPV that uses the same unusual seating layout – with two rows of three seats – is the Fiat Multipla.

Too big to survivev
Tom Gardner, head of marketing for Honda Cars UK, said: 'The FR-V has been very successful in its niche market, but the MPV sector is a mature one and downsizing has become the dominant trend more recently. With cars such as the Jazz and Insight,l we can serve this emerging market very well.'

The FR-V remains on sale, with prices starting at £16,700 for 1.8-litre petrol models and £18,000 for 2.2-litre diesel versions.

No front-wheel-drive CR-V
While more family buyers are choosing the CR-V SUV, Honda has confirmed that, unlike rivals such as the Ford Kuga and VW Tiguan, the range won't be expanded to include a cheaper, front-wheel-drive model.

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