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Honda e ruled out for Australia

The retro, cute and compact Honda e hatchback has been ruled out for Australia.

The much-anticipated retro Honda e electric hatchback has been ruled out for Australian customers.

The head of Honda Motor Co, president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo, told Australian media at the 2019 Tokyo motor show that the eye-catching Honda e model would not be sold in Australia.

“Honda e is just for Japan and Europe,” said Mr. Hachigo. “There are no plans, unfortunately, for Australia now.”

Mr. Hachigo stated at the Tokyo show that the Honda e is “developed based on our vision of what cars should look like 10 years from now”.

The Honda e is powered by an electric motor producing 100kW of power and 315Nm of torque, while a higher-output 113kW/315Nm model is expected, too.

Driving range from the 35.5kWh battery pack is claimed at 220 kilometres (per Honda’s testing, not the WLTP standard or NEDC standard), and a recharging time of 30 minutes to 80 per cent.

The Honda e was shown in Tokyo alongside the all-new Honda Jazz hatch (known as Fit in other markets), which in its home market at least will be offered in hybrid form only.