Honda HR-V Confirmed for US
Last week, we discussed the possibility of Honda’s all-new Fit-based crossover being named the Honda H-RV, as that’s what the rumor mill had been churning out. As it usually is in the automotive community, the rumor mill proved correct, as Honda officially introduced the all-new Honda HR-V at the New York International Auto Show yesterday.
The compact SUV, along with the Fit, demonstrates a significant growth opportunity in the United States for Honda, specifically in the small car market. Both models will be produced here in North America, at the Celaya, Mexico, plant, Honda’s newest manufacturing facility on the continent.
“Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. “Together these models also represent Honda’s step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years.”
Reportedly, the Honda HR-V will launch this winter with a spacious and versatile interior, despite its compact size; a unique center tank layout optimizes interior space. The HR-V will come equipped with the Magic Seat® (exclusive to Honda). The Magic Seat allows drivers to create several different seating configurations and also allows them to completely fold the second row flat to maximize cargo space. As you might guess from the name, the Honda HR-V will be in the same family as the CR-V, just at a lower price and size.
Honda has been mum on all other details, but we can expect more in the coming months. For now, be sure to check out all the other reveals fresh out of New York this week, here at the News Wheel.
- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.