Japanese car manufacturer Honda has ended speculation by officially confirming that its highly-acclaimed concept Urban EV will enter production in 2019.

Reports had suggested that Honda was considering delaying the production of the vehicle until 2020, but that was rubbished and representatives of the Japanese automotive colossus have now confirmed it will enter the market next year.

Honda made the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland - and whilst its new CR-V and Jazz X-Road certainly caught the eye of industry attendees – it was the retro-flavored Urban EV concept that sparkled.

Honda revealed that the order books for the production version of the resilient and dynamic electric car will open early next year. In addition to this, the Japanese conglomerate also announced that production EV model will be introduced to the European market in early 2019.

Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross, told press at its official Geneva Motor show press conference that a combination of consumer interest and positivity towards the Urban EV were the main reasons behind its decision to open order books for the vehicle next year.

He said, “A production version of this highly acclaimed concept will be introduced to Europe during late 2019, and in response to the positive feedback to this model, we expect to open order banks for the Urban EV during early 2019.”

When first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the Honda Urban EV attracted a lot of attention and praise. It wasn’t long before Honda announced that it will begin to build the vehicle, confirming that Europe will be the first region to get the vehicle in 2019, followed domestically then in Japan the following year. It remains unclear as to when Honda will introduce it to the North American market.

Honda is already working on a dedicated platform for electric vehicles that will form the basis for the Urban EV. The company announced plans to retain most of its retro-inspired design, making the necessary adjustments for series production. Honda opted to remain tight-lipped on the technical details.