The scene at the product launch of the Honda's level 3 self-driving vehicle, 'Legend' (March 4, 2021, Photo: Reuters/Aflo)


(Kenji Momota: automotive journalist)

Another of Honda's performance chasing cars bites the dust.

The S660 kei sports car will cease production in March 2022. Honda announced this on 12 March 2021, the launch day of the S660 Modulo X which comes with many built to order features.

S660 was launched in April 2015, and a total of 30,000 units have been sold since then. While its 660cc engine capacity places it in the kei car (light automobile) category, the S660 is a sports car that epitomizes Honda's racing spirit, head to head with Honda's NSX supercar.

The Honda S660 Modulo X (Photos: Honda)

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'After considering what could be done to keep up with newer regulations, we have unfortunately have decided not to proceed', said a Honda public relations official in response to inquiries about the discontinuation. Honda is likely referring to the various regulations on noise levels, exhaust gas emissions and safety that will be rolled out in 2022.