2009 Honda Element EXToronto, Ontario – Honda is ending production of the Element, with more than 17,000 sold in Canada since its debut in 2002.

The company said that customers have “more recently embraced other vehicles in the Honda lineup,” such as the CR-V.

The Element was first introduced as the Honda Model X concept at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “The Element defied popular trend designs in favour of a utilitarian shape that showed how functionality can come from thinking inside the box,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice-president of Honda Canada. “It made boxy vehicle designs cool, and Element owners enjoy its unique styling and versatility.”

Honda will offer 2011 model-year Elements in the U.S., but will wind the model down in Canada with remaining stock of 2010 models.

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