2017 Honda CR-V Spy Shots and News

Honda CR-V has already become one of the most anticipated vehicles for the next year. There is a lot going on around the production and marketing of this SUV. There have been lots of spy shots, and again nobody knows the exact plan, Honda has for this one. It’s like water, where ever you put it, it takes the shape of that. If you put the news of this vehicle to some pessimistic person’s hands, it will be the dark as it can be and if you have someone who loves SUV’s writing the news, you will get every single shred of light you can get. Maybe the marketing teams should look up to the Hollywood ways of thinking. If you want to sell some product, you need to keep the product’s name in people’s heads. Maybe that is why we know about the Honda CR-V, but actually do we know anything?

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Reason For New Marketing Moves

This is a business worth of billions of dollars, and when something is in plan to be made, nobody asks us what we want. Instead, there are thousands of experts making plans for the future moves of the company. This is the case with every single industry, and statistics in that field are very important even when the changes are measured in decimals.

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The thing is, Acura’s sale has dropped for 9.3 percent for a year, and Honda brand light truck sales have risen by 8.1 percent. That is why, all the executives are turning to minivans, crossovers and pickups production. Jeff Conrad, Honda Division general manager, has said in a statement that they were looking forward to the third straight year of record results, with their redesigned Accord Hybrid and the all new Ridgeline pickup. Nobody even mentioned sedans or sport cars. On the top of that, we also got a really good news that the Honda CR-V crossover posted sales of 29,615 (which is a June record) and gained a 4.5 percent.

2017 Honda CR-V With 7 Seats?

Those are the main reasons we are getting the all new spy shots from Germany, and all other gossip news about the 2017 Honda CR-V. That is why we even have some speculations about the third row of seats in 2017 Honda CR-V, which is, judging by the size of that monster, going to be the correct speculation. And again the size of that car is influenced by the already existing Honda HR-V, and it would be a shame to have two crossovers looking exactly the same, but are we ready for that change?

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Honda CR-V has lots of rivals (Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Outlander, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4 etc.)

As we have already said we have the Honda HR-V which is a direct contender to Mazda CX-3, Subaru Crosstrek and even Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. Honda CR-V is getting closer to Honda Pilot. What are we left with in the future? A tank?

In the end, the Honda CR-V has always been recognized as a regular two row SUV, and we had the Honda Pilot for three seats.

The rumors might be true or not, but the figures are there to prove that customers want more SUVs. The sales have risen up, and that is why the manufacturers must keep up and make additional offers.

The final verdict has been left for the potential buyers or enthusiasts to judge when the model comes out.

2017 Honda Turbo/ Hybrid/ Honda CR-V Limited Edition

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The other rumored versions are the 2017 Honda CR-V Turbo and Honda CR-V Limited Edition which we will get, sometime in 2018, together with the plug-in hybrid engine.

The Honda CR-V Limited Edition is going to arrive with more the 5500 dollars worth of additional equipment, and you as a customer, will have to pay only 1700 dollars more for that pleasure. It will be available in 2WD and 4WD forms, with automatic and manual transmission.

The Limited Edition will be fitted with side steps, roof spoiler, front and rear parking sensors, automatic dusk sensitive headlamps, front fog lamps, blind spot camera and bigger wheels. Of course they will keep the regular equipment like keyless entry, seven inch infotainment display, rear view camera, cruise control, LED daytime lamps etc.

2017 Honda CR-V’s New Production Unit in Indiana?

One more interesting thing for 2017 Honda CR-V is a huge investment in a crossover production capacity in Greensburg plant in Indiana where the CR-V is going to be produced. Why? Well the plant in Guadalajara, Mexico is being overrun with HR-V model which is not getting enough supply from Celaya in Mexico. Both Mexican plants will contribute a yearly supply of 160,000 units for that SUV. That is how big that industry is right now, and how much the demand for the SUV’s is high right now.

If you would like to read a detailed review of 2017 Honda CR-V, please follow the link.

If you would like to see more about the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Honda HR-V, you could take a look at some great video reviews from our good friend Barrington Williams.

Acura NSX -Porsche 911 GT3 – McLaren 12C Spider and Ideas Stealing?

Borrowing ideas is a normal thing, considering the fact that you cannot know everything (at least not all the time). That, and the sum of good and bad days push you to look at other creative people and simply steal (or learn) from them.

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Following information is in boundaries of a rumor, having in mind that it’s coming from the unofficial source and it is an unofficial tale but it’s pretty interesting one.

Apparently, Honda’s engineers have their bad days like most of the mortals, and they like borrowing ideas and to learn. The word is, according to their project leader Nick Robinson, that they used at least two cars as their reference points while building their new-old supercar Acura NSX. They have used McLaren 12C and a Porsche 911 GT3. How did they do that?

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For some unknown reason, if you are an engineer and you want to build a perfect car, you don’t want anyone to know that you are learning from the mistakes and successes of others. So, you want to go and buy the best car you can find, but anonymously. Maybe that adds some 007 style to the engineer’s life, I don’t know. The thing is, they didn’t want to be discovered. And they weren’t, for a good amount of time.

During the testing period, Acura’s engineers pushed the benchmark cars to their limits. So, naturally, they had to break something. Robinson emphasized that they had to return McLaren a couple of times in a warranty period and they didn’t suspect anything. But, Porsche had a black box system so they had some extra information. The black box stores information like engine data (over speed), gearbox data (early downshift), state of brakes and everything that they can use for diagnostics. The exact explanation on how did they find out that Honda has their vehicle is not yet published, but they did. When Honda had their car shipped back, they found the sticker under the engine cover, saying:”Good luck Honda from Porsche, see you on the other side”.

There is no way that black box has some option to memorize your position so the black box itself couldn’t have been used for the positioning purposes. This is only speculation, but the GPS data was the only way they could find out who the real owner was. They must have looked at the GPS data because of the unusual measurements inside the black box.

The unusual data was the style of driving and speed. Who else drives the Porsche 329km/h? That was the question Porsche engineers wanted to ask Honda’s representatives as soon as they peeked inside the black box. And on which track, since the top speed hits the roof at 310 km/h?

Basically, this cannot be considered as a corporate espionage and it is an awesome way to show that people don’t have to fight over some stupid things as these. This world would be a much better place to live in, only if we had more people like those engineers. They could have made some kind of a booby trap for Honda, but they chose to play fair and to act like gentlemen.

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What exactly did they want to do with McLaren and Porsche?

Porsche 911 GT3 is a track focused car with the engine sitting very low on the back. Ideal for motorsport – 4.0 liter flat six engine with 368KW (500HP), 0-100 km/h 3.3 sec, top speed 310 km/h, fuel consumption 12.7 l/100km

McLaren 12C Spider – twin turbo DOHC V8 engine, 460 KW (616 HP), 0-100 km/h 3.3, top speed 329 km/h (204 mph), fuel consumption 11.7 l/100km

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Honda Acura NSX – twin turbocharged DOHC V6 on the rear wheels and two electric motors on the front wheels, Maximum total system power 427 KW (573 HP), top speed 307km/h (191 mph), fuel consumption 11.2 l/100km

When we analyze all three vehicles we could assume that Porsche was the benchmark for the steering technology, since it has a low center of gravity, just like the NSX, and Spider could have been there because of the engine calibrations. We will never know that. All we have is this interesting tale to tell our children. Or forget it in T minus 1sec.

2016 Honda CR-V Release Date, Specs and Info

Small crossover vehicles come with their advantages and the 2016 Honda CR-V is a car which incorporates all those advantages into a one simple car. You get everything that a typical crossover vehicle offers, a fuel efficient performance, enough space for five people and a modest but in fact fairly powerful engine for any kind of a need. So if you are in need of these details, the 2016 Honda CR-V is for you.

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This time the CR-V vehicle is going to be offered in five different trim levels which are LX, SE, EX, EX-L and Touring. They all have their own advantages and amenities that they come equipped with but the base level also remains a usable addition if you need it to be. The Special Edition or the SE trim is something new for this year as it comes available with 17-inch wheels and some additional security and privacy settings that are not seen in other forms of the car. In the meantime we published a review of Honda CRV for 2017, so perhaps you can read it as well.

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Look for the 2016 Honda CR-V to come out next year when they have managed to scheduled the release date and the pricing is already being offered for the vehicle. With a fairly modest look and an appropriate price range we assume that the 2016 CR-V is going to be a great seller on the market and may even surpass its greatest rival in the segment, the Mazda CX5. Find out about all the needed specs about the car through this review and read everything down below.

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The 2016 Honda CR-V has a very appropriate interior design with lots of headroom and legroom. This is especially concerned for the people who are going to sit at the back and those that are going to be in the middle seat poisoned in the tunnel area. This makes a whole different story when it comes to seating the people and acquiring more comfort. Another great advantage of the vehicle is its cargo area which provides 37.2 cubic feet of space in the back. It is more than enough for you to fit anything they you plan to place there and it helps for when going on linger trips and for larger hauling jobs.

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There is also a very nice package of amenities and accessories that can come as standard for the people inside the car. A standard offer includes sunroof, keyless ignition and entry and heated front seats which all come available for the standard trim of the CR-V vehicle. Safety additions are also something that makes the car better than the previous design and the EX version comes with a trick passenger-side-mounted camera that enables us to see the blind spot area. The highest trims of course come with the highest available safety features and even includes the lane-keeping assist and automatic braking.

Exterior

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The 2016 Honda CR-V exterior comes pretty much the same as before. There have not been many changes which will make the CR-V seem drastically changed compared to before. The car will retain its primary looks and will only add some minor changes which will also determent the differences between the trims. The standard LX trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels and some power accessories as well. But the LX as well as the SE can be equipped with the 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear privacy glass. The EX has a special offer of automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights and besides an impressive addition to the inside also comes with a retractable cargo cover.

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The EX-L model is the only one that comes with roof rails and provides a very special offer which is used in special circumstances as it adds heated side mirrors. The top tier Touring model besides adding 18-inch wheels also uses the projector beam headlights and also includes the very useful power liftgate. Everything else is more or less the same as before and it can really make a difference this time on which trim you decided to go with as they can provide you more options and more opportunities.

Engine

The newest 2016 Honda CR-V vehicle is going to be equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that can make an output of 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This engine options combines with a continuously variable transmission, which is the only transmission option given here. But the car does come with a front- and all-wheel drive on all trims. With the FWD, the car can be estimated to provide and EPA rating of 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway), while the AWD gives you the possibility of making  27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway).

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Price and release date

The car is going to be available for next year as its release date is scheduled for the upcoming April. The 2016 Honda CR-V was expected to come out sooner, but it seems that the release is going to be postponed for a few months onward. Yet the price is not a mystery anymore as the base trim is being offered for 24,475 dollars as base MSRP rating.

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