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Honda Announces a Full Model Change for the CR-V

Tokyo, September 18, 2001 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced a full model change for its popular CR-V*1. Over 1 million*2 CR-Vs have been sold around the world since it was first released in 1995, creating its own market niche and bringing the comfort of a passenger car to the SUV. The new model will go on sale starting Thursday, September 20, at Honda Verno dealers throughout Japan.

The car's design concept was, "CR-V --- More active utility." The new CR-V has been thoroughly revamped, yet the original design concept has been maintained. It was designed to meet the following three criteria: it must deliver the driving performance needed to meet the demands of all road conditions, while providing the comfortable ride of a passenger car; it must provide a spacious, functional environment; and it must present refined styling that is suitable for any occasion.

Equipped with Honda's 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine, the new CR-V delivers powerful driving performance and outstanding fuel economy of 13.0 km per liter*3 for all model types, meeting Japan's Transport Ministry regulations for 2010. It also offers superb environmental performance, with all model types recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as ultra-low emissions vehicles.

The new CR-V employs Honda's global platform, achieving greater interior length and height and expanded utility in a body of about the same size as the previous model. The spacious cabin interior provides 527 liters*4 of cargo storage space, the largest in its class.

The side frame has been positioned lower, to prevent the CR-V from riding up on sedans and other passenger vehicles in a frontal collision, thus reducing potential damage and injury. A body designed to reduce injuries to pedestrians and other G-force Control technology is also employed, giving the CR-V the world's highest level of crash safety performance.

Customers can select from two models: the Performa, with its spare tire mounted on the tailgate for an active, energetic image, and the Fullmark, with body-colored bumpers for a sleek, urban look.


*1: The initials CR-V stand for "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle".
*2: Between October, 1995 and July, 2001 (Honda survey).
*3: Fuel consumption when driven in 10-15 mode (Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport figures).
*4: As calculated by Honda using VDA formula.


CR-V, Fullmark iL (4WD) option pkg. CR-V Performa iG
CR-V, Fullmark iL (4WD) option pkg. CR-V Performa iG



New CR-V-Main Features

Exterior
  • The design combines strength with refined styling that is suitable for any occasion. Built to look sharp but tough, the overall body is designed around a protective motif.
  • Customers can select from two models: the Performa, with its tailgate-mounted spare tire, black bumpers and tailgate garnish, conveys an active, energetic image, while the Fullmark combines body-colored bumpers with a spare tire stored under the luggage compartment floor to create a sleek, urban look.

Performance

2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine

All models come equipped with the new-generation 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine, which features Honda's own originally developed VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and lift, Electronic Control) and VTC (Valve Timing Control) intelligent engine control technologies.

Further technological innovations including a variable-length intake manifold and rear-port, dual exhaust system, which result in power output of 116kW (158PS)*5 and fuel economy of 13.0 km per liter*6, along with ultra-clean exhaust emissions that earn the CR-V recognition from the Japanese government as an ultra-low emissions vehicle.


*5: Net value
*6: Fuel consumption for a 4WD vehicle with automatic transmission, driven in 10-15 mode (Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport figures).


4-speed automatic transmission
  • Features new control logic and a linear solenoid for direct clutch pressure control. This allows high-precision control of gear ratios for optimum performance in response to changing driving conditions.
  • Active Lockup II provides lockup control over a broad range, from 2nd to 4th gears, contributing to higher fuel efficiency and smoother driving.

4-Wheel Drive
  • Real-time 4-wheel drive powers only the front wheels under normal driving conditions, distributing just the right amount of power to the rear wheels for added stability on slippery road surfaces when needed. The compact, lightweight, dual pump system fine-tunes the system to achieve highly precise control and responsiveness.

Suspension
  • In the front, a toe-control link strut suspension has been adapted to the short nose design to provide high roll stiffness, high-speed stability, and linear handling. This highly space-efficient design, along with a more compact engine, achieves a minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters --- the top in its class.
  • The rear suspension employs an active-link, double-wishbone design with the spring and shock absorber housed under the floor, permitting a lower floor and more efficient use of cargo space. All parts have been made more rigid, for excellent stability and body integrity.

Body
  • Torsional rigidity of the frame has been greatly improved through the use of computer simulations and actual vehicle testing. In the front section, the cross-sectional size of the upper member has been increased along with the plate thickness of the load-bearing members, while in the rear section the wheelhouse gussets and rear frame members have been repositioned to achieve the high level of driving stability of a regular passenger car.

Safety
  • Honda's original G-CON (G-force Control) technology is incorporated to create a new body with a crash safety design that is among the best in the world. It can protect passengers in a 55km/h full-frontal collision, a 64km/h front offset collision, 55km/h side collision, and a 50km/h rear collision.
  • To further improve safety in real-world collisions, Honda has implemented its own vehicle-to-vehicle collision testing program with its own independently-established standards*7. This collision testing is much more demanding than the traditional tests in which the car is crashed into a fixed barrier. The CR-V's high-safety design meets even these stringent testing requirements.
  • The side frame has been positioned lower, to prevent the CR-V from riding up on sedans or other passenger vehicles in a collision, thus reducing potential damage and injury.
  • The number of body sections designed to reduce pedestrian injury has been increased. The vehicle is also equipped with impact-absorbing, collapsible radiator brackets --- the brackets that hold the radiator in place bend backward to absorb the force of the impact in a collision.
  • The interior is designed to protect occupants' heads in a collision, and the front seats are formed to reduce neck injuries.
  • An SRS dual front airbag system is standard equipment in all models, and an i-Side Airbag System (with passenger-side body position detector) is also available for the front row as a manufacturer's option.
  • Also standard are ISO FIX compatible child seat anchoring bars (left and right back seats), and tether anchors as well.
  *7: Test involves a 50% front offset collision with a 2-ton class vehicle, both vehicles traveling at 50km/h.


Environmental Performance
  • Exhaust gas pollutants (HC, NOx) have been greatly reduced. All vehicle types have been recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as ultra-low emissions vehicles, surpassing ministry regulations for exhaust emissions by over 50%.
  • All vehicle types meet ministry fuel consumption standards for 2012, achieving fuel economy of 13.0 km per liter*8 --- top in their class.
  • Recycling is taken into consideration right from the production stage. Almost all molded interior parts are made using olefin, a material with superb recylability. In all, over 90%*9 of the entire vehicle is recyclable.
  *8: Fuel consumption for a 4WD vehicle with automatic transmission, driven in 10-15 mode (Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport figures).
  *9: Figures according to Honda's own computational formula.