The Honda CR-Z is Now Dead Across North America

2016 Honda CR-Z, Image: Honda

So, Honda’s two-seater hybrid sports vehicle is officially belly-up in North America. There will not be a nicely-attended service or procession, just a solemn trickle of old models off of dealer lots.

Following TTAC confirmed that the CR-Z was done in Canada, and soon after a ‘Final Label’ edition bowed in Japan, word comes that the model has shuffled off into history everywhere else. Honda representatives confirmed to Auto and Driver that the automaker has pulled the plug on the CR-Z in North America.

Sales of the CR-Z rivaled continental drift for momentum, so it is no surprise the firm desires to turn its interest to two “volume models,” which is how the Honda reps referred to the 2017 Accord Hybrid and EV/plug-in/fuel cell Clarity lineup.

The CR-Z didn’t excel as a sports vehicle or a hybrid. For far less money, a utilised Chevrolet Cruze Eco beats it by 4 miles per gallon on the highway, and a sporty Civic can at least carry more than a single passenger. The model didn’t just fail to capture its niche — it killed it altogether.

With production discontinued (or slated to finish soon — either way, 2016 will be the last year), the flow of new models onto dealer lots will soon end. Neglect a funeral, celebrations may possibly spontaneously break out. Soon after the tap turns off, salespeople can begin getting rid of the enormous backlog of CR-Zs currently clogging inventories. Who knows, they may possibly truly mark them down.

[Image: Honda]

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Volkswagen Hands North America the Automobile Keys, Extends its Curfew

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

More autonomy is coming to North American Volkswagen operations, thanks in portion to dealer protests calling for exactly that.

Today, Volkswagen established a new North American Area (NAR) encompassing Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, headed by no-longer-interim Volkswagen Group of America president and CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken (who replaced departing CEO Michael Horn in March).

The move permits North America more flexibility as to the volume of particular models and where they are sold. The automaker’s U.S. dealer network began revolting against their head workplace last month, accusing best brass of ignoring their pleas for item reassurances in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.

Brand chief Herbert Diess failed to fully placate dealers at a meet-up earlier this month, especially these looking for reparations, but did commit to boosting production of popular models to stimulate U.S. sales.

By setting up the NAR, Volkswagen lessens the need for choices to come from across the Atlantic, and allows North American dealers and regional officials to feel far more in charge of their own destiny. All regional activities will be aligned through the NAR, such as solution development, procurement and production.

“The establishment of the North American Area provides the U.S., Mexico and Canada a lot more freedom and far more duty than ever just before,” Diess said in a statement.

The NAR will operate with a board structure, with Woebcken at the helm.

“With the new structure of the North American Area we will be empowered to make the choices to bring the cars that the buyers in the market are demanding,” stated Woebcken, adding that when a region calls for a lot more powerful-selling solution, they’ll get it.

Back at property, Diess is still facing opposition from organized labor over a expense-saving efficiency strategy and ongoing rumors of layoffs.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon is Coming to North America*

C 250 diamantsilber cranberryrot/schwarz AMG

* But not the U.S. — at least, not yet.

Add the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon to the list of vehicles offered in Canada and not the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada announced Thursday it would begin selling the extended-roof version of the C-Class this year. To add insult to injury, it will be a diesel with all-wheel drive — and that’s it.

Mercedes did not disclose what shades of brown will be offered.

The preceding-generation C-Class wagon was not obtainable in Canada or the United States.

Mercedes Benz C-Klasse T-Modell Fahrvorstellung, Frankfurt/Deid

When the C-Class Wagon goes on sale later this year, it will be powered by a two.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine creating 200 horsepower and 369 lbs-ft of torque sending energy to all 4 wheels by means of the automaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive program. Although not detailed, the C-Class Wagon will probably acquire the very same seven-speed automatic as the E 250 BlueTec.

MSRP and exact on-sale date had been not disclosed.

So, who’s going to be going to The Wonderful White North this year?


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Nissan Moves Diaz To Trucks Only, Promotes Canadian Chief to Takeover North American Sales

Fred Diaz with Cummins Diesel For Nissan Titan

Nissan announced Tuesday that it would move current U.S. chief Fred Diaz to concentrate on truck sales for North America and promote Nissan’s chief in Canada, Christian Meunier, to lead the group in North America.

“We are now poised to capitalize on the substantial investments we have created in our trucks with the launch of the all-new Nissan Titan, and these modifications will help our capability to do so,” Nissan North America chairman Jose Munoz said in a statement announcing the alterations.

In his new function, Diaz will oversee truck sales — Titan and Frontier — for all of North America to support jumpstart that brand from a minor player to a far more critical contender. He was previously head of Ram brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prior to joining Nissan in 2013.

President, Nissan Canada Inc.

Christian Meunier

According to a statement announcing the adjust, Meunier will take more than sales, advertising and product planning for Nissan in North America. Meunier helped lead Nissan to record growth in Canada soon after taking over in 2013. Ahead of taking more than in Canada, he was head of Nissan in Brazil.

“Nissan’s organization in Canada has improved substantially under Christian’s watch and is delivering consistent performance improvements,” Munoz mentioned in a statement. “We look forward to Christian’s leadership of Nissan Division’s enterprise in the U.S. and Canada.”

Meunier will report to Munoz, according to the statement. Diaz will report to Meunier.

The organization also announced that Judy Wheeler, head of sales in the Southeast region for Nissan, would be promoted to head of sales for the U.S.


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