The Honda Element will be ending production after the 2011 model year.
The Element began life as the Honda Model X concept car at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. It evolved into production form for the 2003 model year, and a facelift came around in 2007.
Customers are now more inclined to purchase the “versatile and comfortable CR-V.” This has meant a sales drop in recent years, prompting the end of production.
2011 Will Be Final Model Year of Production for Honda ElementBoxy, bold vehicle found many functional niches during its 9-year run12/03/2010 – TORRANCE, Calif.
The 2011 Honda Element will be the final model year of production of the innovative and functional crossover utility vehicle, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. First introduced in concept form as the Honda Model X at the 2001 North American International Auto Show, the Element virtually created its own functional class and became an immediate favorite for small businesses, outdoor enthusiasts and pet owners. After a long life cycle, utility-seeking customers have more recently embraced other vehicles in the Honda lineup like the versatile and comfortable CR-V.
“The Element proved that ultimate functionality can often come from thinking inside the box,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. “It made boxy vehicle designs cool, and Element owners continue to enjoy its unique styling and unmatched versatility.”
Developed from the inside-out, the Honda Element entered new territory when it debuted during the 2003 model year by providing a multi-functional cargo area, innovative and versatile seating, a durable and dirt-friendly interior, energetic performance and outstanding value. Major upgrades were made through the years including more power and safety features in the 2007 model year. More recently, the Element embraced its long-held position as a pet-friendly vehicle by introducing the Dog Friendly Element accessory package in 2009.
More than 325,000 Elements have been sold in the United States since its introduction in December 2002.