All-new 2012 Honda CR-V, Canada's top-selling import SUV, makes its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show

Honda extends its stylish, performance-oriented lineup with New Civic Si Coupe HFP and Remix 2.0 Civic and Accord

MONTREAL, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - At today's Montreal International Auto Show, Honda Canada unveiled the sporty, performance-oriented heart of its 2012 lineup by showcasing the newest edition to the Honda Factory Performance line-up, the Civic Si Coupe HFP. This vehicle was joined by the Remix Accord 2.0 and Remix Civic 2.0, two new after-market, tuned project vehicles that exemplify Honda's race-inspired DNA. Honda also highlighted the all-new 2012 CR-V, Canada's top import SUV, which is just now going on sale across Canada.

"The Honda CR-V has always set the bar in the compact SUV class and the all-new 2012 CR-V does so again with a bold striking style, improved fuel economy and more technology than ever before, including an all-new Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with Intelligent Control," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada.

"We are especially proud that the new 2012 CR-V will be built here in Canada, bringing the total of Canadian-built Honda vehicles in Canada to about 70 per cent of total sales."

For 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V embraces a sophisticated styling direction in conjunction with improved interior comfort, improved fuel economy, a smoother and quieter ride, and more innovative features as part of a 'total package' approach. Long considered as a benchmark vehicle in its class with high levels of quality, refinement and value, the 2012 CR-V is designed to exceed customer expectations in Canada's compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with and added content providing up to $2,500 in value.

In dealerships now starting at just $25,990, the all-new Honda CR-V has its lowest starting price in more than a decade. Additional information, including photos, can be found at www.hondanews.ca

The All-New Civic Si Coupe HFP
For 2012, Honda is extending Honda Factory Performance program to include the 2012 Civic Si Coupe HFP. Joining the Accord HFP, which made its debut in 2011, the all-new Civic HFP will feature improved handling performance and more aggressive styling characteristics. The 2012 Civic Si Coupe HFP will go on sale this spring.

"After receiving positive feedback on our Accord HFP from this past year, we wanted to deliver a similar performance and styling direction to Canada's top-selling car," said Chenkin. "Civic Si Coupe HFP is perfect for the car enthusiast who wants a great car with a special, limited-edition look and feel - right off the lot!"

2012 Civic Si Coupe HFP Highlights:

  • 2.4 litre, DOHC i-VTEC® engine, 4-cylinder 16-valve with 201 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Close-ratio 6 speed manual transmission
  • 18" HFP aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin Super Sport Performance Tires
  • HFP Suspension Package
  • HFP side underbody, front bumper underbody and rear bumper underbody spoilers
  • HFP exterior badging and interior floor mats
  • Helical limited-slip differential
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with bilingual Voice Recognition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sport seats with high-contrast stitching and embroidery
  • 360-watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability and 7 speakers including subwoofer, USB, and XM Satellite Radio
  • HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface

All-New Honda Remix 2.0 Civic and Remix 2.0 Accord
Honda has once again teamed up with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) to push the limits of both performance and expressive design with Honda vehicles. This partnership was designed to connect Honda with its vast network of enthusiasts across the country, and demonstrate the tuning potential of Honda platforms. Beyond the unique exterior design scheme of the Remix 2.0 Accord and Civic, significant upgrades under the hood were added to back up their aggressive demeanour.

"These Remix cars are all about providing experts with an open canvas to do what Honda enthusiasts have always loved doing - taking a great Honda and personalizing it," said Chenkin.

Remix Civic Si Coupe Overview
The philosophy behind the Civic Si Remix was to take an already sporty vehicle and showcase its aftermarket performance potential, including increasing the engine's output. To accomplish this, a full Race Turbo Kit (designed specifically for the Civic Si's 2.4L engine) and Borg Warner EFR 7163 Turbo have been installed, providing the Remix Civic Si Coupe an output boost to more than 400 horsepower.

To accentuate the car's new, more aggressive nature, the body has been treated with black trim to provide contrast with the stylish Frozen Grey paint and a carbon fibre hood has been added to reduce weight. The wheels were also upgraded to 19x8.5 Konig Avanti alloys.

Other modification highlights include:

  • Full Honda Factory Performance (HFP) body kit
  • HSD Coilovers
  • Wilwood Engineering Superlite 6R Front Brakes
  • Vibrant ™ Sports Exhaust
  • Factory seats were replaced with red Sparco Chrono front seats, a Momo Race Evo shift knob and Momo Gotham Racing pedals for precise inputs
  • Philips LED lighting installed throughout the cabin
  • Addition of Kenwood's DNX6180 double-din Multimedia DVD Receiver with Navigation and Bluetooth.
  • Impressive 6.1-inch touchscreen offers vivid image quality and an intuitive GUI.

Remix Accord V6 Coupe Overview
In 2011, Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) brought some of the Accord V6's performance potential to light through the Remix Accord - a vehicle that featured style and performance enhancements both inside and out. That vehicle created a lot of buzz and served as a reminder of Honda's performance core.

For 2012, Honda and PASMAG, along with its partners at International Automotive and Custom, are taking performance enhancement to an exciting new level with the Remix Accord 2.0.

With the 2012 Accord V6 already producing a very respectable 271 horsepower with its 3.5L V6, the challenge for PASMAG was to crank up the performance, and enhance the car's winning style at the same time. To do so, a CT Engineering Supercharger now pushes peak horsepower well north of 300.  A Magnaflow stainless steel muffler and a custom stainless exhaust were also installed to allow the fumes to escape quickly and produce a throatier sound.

The focus then turned towards enhancing the Accord Coupe's muscular looks. The application of Matte Frozen Grey paint is accentuated with Black trim, creating a truly muscular and menacing appearance. Twenty-inch Vossen VVS-CV3 alloy wheels with a matte black machined finish were have been installed and then wrapped in Kumho rubber, with P245/30/20s up front and P275/30/20 in the rear.

Other modification highlights include:

  • Full Honda Factory Performance (HFP) body kit
  • Eurolite HID low-beams and Philips Crystal Vision Ultra-Bright high beams
  • Rotora Front Brakes
  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Leather seat covers in both the front and rear
  • Race shift knobs and pedals
  • Philips LED lighting installed throughout the cabin.
  • JBL GTO1004 4-channel amp featuring variable electronic crossover and bass boost
  • Bazooka BTA10100FHC 10-inch Amplified Basstube
  • JBL P660C 6.5-inch 2-way component speaker systems and a set of JBL GTO628 6.5-inch speakers surround the occupants with sound.

Further information is available upon request or by visiting www.hondanews.ca

Image with caption: "All-new 2012 Honda CR-V, Canada's top-selling import SUV, makes its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120112_C3601_PHOTO_EN_8833.jpg

SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

For further information:

Richard Jacobs (416) 543-6593
Laura Heasman (905) 888-4586


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