John Mendel, Executive Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Honda Division
Good morning everybody and interjection for fasten us.
We have a lot of good news to share with we today. we know you’re all here to declare a attainment of an all-new Honda crossover that will strengthen a light lorry offerings, though before we get to that, we have some other critical news we’d like to share.
It’s been a ensign year for a industry, and an unusually clever year for Honda. The video we usually saw highlights a strength in light trucks with a 2015 CR-V picking adult Motor Trend’s Sport Utility of a Year endowment usually final month. We’ve also picked adult some profitable hardware from some successful attention players like KBB, ALG and Edmunds.
Today, Automobile Magazine named a all-new Honda Fit to a list of ALL STARS. And, as we speak, Car and Driver repository is announcing a list of a 10 Best cars in America, that for a record-breaking 29th time includes a Honda Accord. It’s all sparkling news for a Honda brand.
And, we’re in quarrel for even some-more accolades before a year is out, with Fit creation a list for North American Car of a Year. We are constantly looking brazen in an bid to continue this form of momentum, strengthen a lineup and emanate new value for a subsequent era of customers.
And vocalization of subsequent generation, yesterday Google expelled a initial Android Auto Developer Kit. Big news!
But what we competence have missed is that Honda concurrently launched a developer support program: Honda Developer Studio. This is both an online portal and a earthy garage space in Silicon Valley, where developers work seamlessly with Honda RD staff to confederate their apps with a vehicles, and be road-ready many some-more quickly.
You’ll see Android Auto entrance to several Honda products subsequent year with a tide of new and singular apps to follow. Key members of a Honda Silicon Valley Lab are here and accessible to share some-more sum with we after a press conference.
Now, stability on a theme, we also might have seen some news about a Next Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept, that was denounced in Japan usually a few days ago. And we will entrance this automobile in Jan during a North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This new judgment builds on Honda’s real-world, on-the-road patron experience, gained by a decade of care in fuel dungeon development.
In support of this judgment and a destiny of fuel dungeon vehicles, we are holding confidant stairs in a area of hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Today, Honda is fasten army with First Element Fuel to yield $13.8 million in appropriation to serve
enhance and accelerate a network of open hydrogen refueling stations in California. This joining adds substantial movement to a destiny of fuel dungeon vehicles. And as we pierce closer to a possess launch in 2016, we demeanour brazen to pity some-more sum on a next-generation Honda fuel dungeon car.
So, we have a lot of news to share, though today, a star of a uncover is a entrance of an all-new compress crossover that serve advances a light lorry lineup. And here to tell we about it, is a comparison clamp boss and ubiquitous manager of a Honda Division, Jeff Conrad.
Thank you, John, and hello everyone!
As we can see, we sojourn indifferent and focused on a destiny in many, many areas. But we also have an implausible lineup right now, with a fibre of back-to-back clever sales years.
Looking during 2014, we’re on lane for an all-time sales record. And, as always, we’ve finished that though devious from a singular concentration on sell sales to particular buyers, sole one patron and one automobile during a time.
Leading a approach is a Honda Accord, on lane to turn a best-selling automobile in America with particular automobile buyers for a second loyal year. But it’s not usually Accord. With good packaging, fuel economy, fun-to-drive opening and safety, 4 of a core models are once again on lane to be a tip retail-selling models in their particular segments.
With Civic and CR-V also on lane to be a undisguised best-selling models in their classes, violence all comers, even those relying on high-volume swift sales.
And CR-V will extend a lead as a undisguised best-selling SUV in America for not usually a final year or two, though a past decade. Ten years, folks!
And together, a Accord, Civic and CR-V are, again, on their approach to accounting for sum sell sales of over one million units for a second loyal year.
If we set aside full-size pickups, this is a attainment totally rare in a industry.
And we also are saying clever movement from a all-new third-generation Fit, that has incited in some considerable performances in a past dual months, adult 66 percent in Sep and 83 percent in October.
One of Fit’s categorical strengths maybe a biggest rival advantage, is a impossibly atmospheric and versatile interior, finished probable by a singular center-mounted fuel tank blueprint and versatile second quarrel “Magic Seat.”
Now, we’re leveraging that same imagination in a U.S. prolongation chronicle of a all-new HR-V crossover we’re phenomenon today.
Like a Fit, a new HR-V will be a loyal benchmark automobile in a new and flourishing shred and a clever volume performer in a lineup. But HR-V isn’t usually a good new product. Along with a just-launched CR-V, a HR-V heralds a step-by-step bid to grow a Honda light lorry lineup.
It started with a freshened CR-V, that has undergone a vital makeover for a 2015 indication year, a mid-cycle modernise so poignant that we warranted a Motor Trend Sport/Utility of a Year pretension as John mentioned earlier.
Coming subsequent year, will be a all-new Honda Pilot SUV that will redefine what is probable with an 8-passenger mid-size SUV. Further ahead, a totally reengineered Ridgeline pickup is in a works. And over that is a unavoidable full pattern change for a Odyssey minivan.
This clever product intonation plays a vital purpose in a destiny competitiveness and growth. It also creates a transparent hierarchy for a SUV lineup. After all, we already have an superb hierarchy with a core newcomer automobile lineup, from Fit to Civic to Accord.
Today, we are vehement to broach an all-new crossover that will finish an implausible and unbeatable lineup of SUVs. The gateway to CR-V and to Pilot will now start with a versatile and energetic all-new Honda vehicle.
Ladies and gentlemen, greatfully acquire a 2016 Honda HR-V!
Here it is, a sleek, fun, fuel-efficient and unusually stretchable 2016 Honda HR-V crossover!
It’s all a tiny crossover should be with a energetic sculpting and colourful impression lines of a sporty coupe, anchored in a confident, able position of an SUV. This efficient, fun-to-drive package is ideal for active lifestyle business who need a able automobile that can accommodate a final of daily driving, while providing a coherence for weekend fun in a city, a country, a plateau or wherever their imagination leads them.
HR-V’s energetic styling wraps around one of a largest and many versatile cabins in a class, all pleasantness of a space-efficient height and reconfigurable Honda Magic seats.
Need to transport a bike or maybe a dog crate? HR-V’s got we lonesome with some-more than 58 cubic feet of load space in Utility Mode. Two buddies and a span of longboards? No problem in Long-Mode. Fichus tree for a vital room?
I’d skip it. But, if you’re determined, HR-V has Tall-Mode to get that pursuit done.
The HR-V is a practical Swiss Army Knife of capability, potency and versatility.
Speaking of efficiency, a HR-V crossover offers a kind of fun-to-drive suggestion we can usually get with a Honda, along with a 1.8-liter, 138-horsepower VTEC engine providing lively, approach and evident response, either corresponding to a sporty Honda CVT with “G-design shift” technology, or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual.
An accessible Real Time all-wheel-drive complement also provides business with an additional magnitude of all-weather traction and control for off highway adventure.
The HR-V crossover also is designed to acquire tip collision reserve ratings. And offers customary reserve and driver-assistive facilities unmatched by any other automobile in this fast flourishing class, including a accessibility of a renouned Honda LaneWatch technology.
HR-V will not be out finished when it comes to comfort and convenience, with a horde of customary facilities not found anywhere else in this class. But a fun doesn’t finish there.
For business who wish even more, a Display Audio 7-inch touchscreen allows we to swipe, daub and splash your approach to a facilities and settings we desire, while Smart Entry with: Push Button Start, XM radio, Honda HD Digital Traffic and radio, Heated front seats, embedded GPS- Navigation, Paddle shifters and leather trim, all accessible features.
So, a all new HR-V crossover will broach clever value for money. It’s a finish package, benefitting from a best Honda has to offer: a wrapping expertise, a innovative powertrains, a heading reserve record and, above all, Honda quality.
Finally, like each core indication in a Honda lineup, HR-V will be built exclusively in North America. So, now, 100 percent of Fit, Civic, Accord, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey come from one of a 8 plants in North America. This, though a doubt, strengthens a ability to accommodate patron direct with good speed and efficiency.
The HR-V crossover is an impossibly compelling, sporty and value-packed new member of a Honda family. We’re assured that a Honda business are going to adore it. It’s distinct anything else on a marketplace today, and some-more than usually a new gateway to a SUV lineup, we consider it will broach a new era of business to a Honda brand.
Stay tuned for some-more information and pricing on a all-new HR-V as we get closer to a on sale date this spring. It’s been a large news day for Honda, and we appreciate we for being partial of it.
Now, I’d like to entice we all adult on to a theatre to get a closer demeanour during a new Honda HR-V crossover.
Thank we all!
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