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2015 Honda HR-V: Name For New Subcompact Crossover Based On Fit?

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1090802_2015-honda-hr-v-name-for-new-subcompact-crossover-based-on-fit

With the 2015 Honda Fit now in production at a new factory in Mexico, the all-new version of that hatchback will be the first in a series of subcompacts launched by Honda over the next few years.

Another is a small crossover utility vehicle, unveiled at last fall's Tokyo Motor Show and dubbed the Vezel.

Now, we may know the model name under which it will be sold in North America: HR-V.

AutoGuide reported last week that Honda has filed for a U.S. trademark on the HR-V model name--which is very similar to CR-V, the name under which Honda sells its popular compact crossover utility vehicle.

MORE: Honda Vezel Compact Crossover: Tokyo Motor Show Live Photos

It also makes sense given Honda sold a subcompact Crossover with the HR-V tag in Europe and Japan from 1999 to 2006. At the time, HR-V was said to stand for "Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle", though the crossover also carried the optimistic "Joy Machine" tag.

That car was based on the same platform as Honda's Logo minicar of the time, and featured a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with CVT and all-wheel drive options.

The Vezel, launched in Japan last fall, uses the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder "Earth Dreams" direct-injected engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the new 2015 Fit

Front-wheel drive will be standard like its Nissan Juke competitor, but it isn't yet know whether all-wheel drive will be an option. CVT and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are both available in Japanese market variants.

As is a hybrid, using Honda's new i-DCD hybrid system. Unfortunately, this version is unlikely to be sold in the U.S.

MORE: Honda: Hybrids For Bigger Cars Now That Insight Is Going Away

Inside, the Vezel features plenty of inspiration from the Fit, but features a sportier layout than its upright subcompact sibling. A little more luxury too, which could lead Acura to launch its own version of the Vezel in the U.S. market.

The new Fit goes on sale in the Spring, but no timeframe for the new HR-V's launch has been announced.


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Re: 2015 Honda HR-V: Name For New Subcompact Crossover Based On Fit?
« Răspuns #1 : Aprilie 07, 2014, 01:33:37 p.m. »
Honda's Fit-based crossover to be called HR-V in US

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/06/honda-hr-v-vezel-urban-suv-north-america-report/

You may remember it as the Urban SUV (pictured above) from when it debuted in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show last year, or know it as the Vezel as the production version was unveiled for the Japanese Domestic Market at the 2014 Tokyo Motor Show. But when Honda starts exporting its new Fit-based crossover – or better yet, building it in Mexico for North American consumption – it will be called the HR-V.

This news comes courtesy of Honda enthusiast forum Temple of VTEC. When contacted by Autoblog, Honda spokesmen declined to comment on the veracity of the report, saying only that it would "announce the name in the near future," but the handle fits with what we know about Honda's history with compact crossovers. The previous HR-V (which was not available in the States) was a high-riding, squared-off crossover built between 1999 and 2006 and based on the Fit's predecessor, the Honda Logo.

While the HR-V moniker might not have name recognition in North America, it would in Europe where Honda also hopes its new crossover will find eager customers. It will also fit in nicely below the CR-V that will continue on as the HR-V's larger stablemate.