Today, we’re vehement to share with we a subsequent large step in what a Merrill Lynch-Bank of America “Car Wars” investigate identified as a many assertive product intonation in a business.
We kicked off a year with a launch of a Civic Coupe, followed by a Accord Hybrid, an all-new Ridgeline and a five-door Civic Hatchback. We’ve invited we here for a initial demeanour during another all-new Honda light lorry indication rising this fall, though that still won’t be a final of a new product intros this year.
The Clarity array is on a way, too, with a Clarity Fuel Cell after this year, to be assimilated subsequent year by a Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid as we pierce brazen with a prophesy for creation electrified vehicles a volume post of a Honda brand, that will eventually embody plug-in versions of mixed core models.
Then, subsequent spring, we’ll launch an all-new Odyssey that will finish a reconstitute of a Honda light lorry lineup. With pickup and SUVs all a rage, it’s no warn to hear that we’re on lane for all-time record sales of Honda light trucks in 2016.
So, light trucks – and generally SUVs – are prohibited and we’ve already announced moves to urge a supply. But what creates a story opposite from probably any other automaker is that we’re also flourishing automobile sales, led by Civic and Accord. Honda-brand cars are adult 4.5 percent for a year, and Civic, during scarcely 14 percent over final year’s pace, is on lane to post a best sales regulation in a 44-year history.
Overall, a Honda code is on gait for a third uninterrupted record year and we’re doing it with a singular concentration on sell buyers. In fact, with a difference of GM, that has done sell gains after shortening their swift business, we’re a usually full-line code that is indeed flourishing a sell sales and share in 2016; and we’re doing it with a lowest inducement spending among a Big 7 OEMs.
So, we’re carrying a good year… though compromising a principles… with a concentration on long-term, sustainable, product-driven growth. This includes a fourth year of sell sales care in 4 of a 5 vital categories: compress car, midsize car, SUV and minivan. And we’ll demeanour to means and build on that movement with benchmark-setting new products like a all-new fifth era CR-V that we’re here to uncover we today.
CR-V is a post of a brand, with sales commanding 300,000 units in any of a past 3 years. In fact, when we supplement adult sales of CR-V over 4 generations, given a introduction in 1997, CR-V is a undisguised best-selling SUV in America over a past 20 years with sum sales coming 4 million units.
Over 4 generations, CR-V has turn a loyal tack of a American SUV diet and a genuine bread-and-butter indication in a Honda lineup… roughly a entertain of sum sales and now probably on customary with Civic and Accord in terms of volume.
And a 4th-gen CR-V is using by a fasten with a best-ever Sep and a good Oct in a making, as we ready for a launch of a new model.
Today we’re vehement to uncover we that new model… an all-new fifth-generation CR-V that we consider raises a bar for a compress SUV in any possible way:
– energetic performance,
– fuel economy,
– float comfort and more.
So, though serve ado. let me broach a 2017, all-new 5th-generation CR-V!
Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President, Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
We’re anxious to give we this initial demeanour during a all-new 2017 CR-V – a fifth era of CR-V that builds on a elemental regulation of a prior 4 generations, with a just-right size, facilities and price; though a stress of a change needs to be underscored. The new CR-V will underline an all-new height and powertrain – with a initial focus of turbo-charging, creation this one of CR-V’s many extensive redesigns to date.
Visually, this change is characterized by a wider, some-more broad-shouldered stance, longer wheelbase, some-more neatly sculpted physique and reward detailing including LED headlights and taillights.
The some-more premium, upscale extraneous is matched adult with a some-more sophisticated, atmospheric and high-quality interior, with upgraded materials, some-more intricately styled seats, and a horde of new facilities and technologies that lift a customary for comfort, preference and connectivity. This includes a new Display Audio complement with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a earthy volume knob. Our business and many of we told us shrill and transparent that we wanted a volume doorknob so a doorknob is back!
Total interior volume is during a tip of a class. Our longer wheelbase contributes to a 2-inch boost in back chair legroom to comprehensive best-in-class levels… and back load space with a second-row seats folded down is scarcely 10 inches longer than before.
Converting a interior from newcomer to load hauling is easier than ever with a new single-motion split-folding back chair that creates a entirely prosaic load area. Under a hood, we have dual engine choices: for LX trims a 2.4-liter, approach injected 4-cylinder mostly carried over from a prior model. For EX and above trims, that will paint roughly 75 percent of sales volume, energy comes from an upgraded chronicle of a 1.5-liter direct-injected turbo that debuted in a new Civic.
It creates 190 horsepower in a CR-, delivering top-class acceleration and best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings. And like a Civic before it, this new CR-V will broach world-class pushing dynamics with comprehensive best-in-class handling, float comfort and cabin quietness.
In building this new CR-V, a engineers didn’t demeanour usually during other products in a class, they benchmarked luxury-class models like a BMW X3 for float quality, steering, physique control and NVH.
The new CR-V also will enhance focus of a Honda Sensing reserve and driver-assistive technologies. The 2015 CR-V indeed introduced Honda Sensing to a lineup… and given afterwards we’ve usually stretched a deployment to new models including Pilot, Ridgeline, Accord and Civic. The 2017 CR-V takes a subsequent step forward, with Honda Sensing practical as customary apparatus on EX and aloft trims, that accounts for about 75 percent of sales.
Finally, we’re delivering some-more value and feature-content than ever before, including a new Hands-free Power Tailgate, remote engine start, exhilarated side mirrors and more. The bottom line – this new CR-V raises a bar in any possible way, delivering some-more performance, space and reward calm together with aloft fuel economy and value than ever before.
So, we trust we’re well-positioned to say CR-V’s standing as a best retail-selling SUV in America.
The new CR-V will be constructed during 3 plants in North America… in East Liberty, Ohio… that is a tellurian lead plant… as good as Alliston, Ontario… and, for a initial time, during a Greensburg, Indiana plant.
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