All-new HR-V will launch this winter with sleek and expressive styling
2015 Fit resets segment benchmark with class-leading interior space,
improved2 fuel economy ratings and standard features
Next-generation ASIMO also makes appearance at New York Auto Show
NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Honda will continue to expand its
lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the
summer launch of the 2015 Fit subcompact car and the all-new compact
SUV, the Honda HR-V that will come to market this winter. Together the
Fit and HR-V will represent a significant growth opportunity for Honda
in Canada with both models produced at the automaker's newest North
American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows
for production flexibility to meet market demand.
"Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small
packages, and no one does this better than Honda," said Dave Gardner,
vice president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "We're
creating an entirely new market segment with the HR-V that, together
with Fit, will provide the gateway to the Honda brand for both first
time new vehicle buyers, as well as long-time Honda loyalists."
All-New HR-V Compact SUV
Honda released the first official photos of the Canada-bound HR-V today
at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and
expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this
winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the
Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to
a unique centre tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the
Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to
fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The
HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup,
positioned below the CR-V in both price and size. Additional details
about the HR-V will be announced later this year.
2015 Fit Sets Subcompact Benchmark
Launching nationwide this summer, the all-new 2015 Fit establishes a new
benchmark in the subcompact segment. The Fit delivers a class-leading
combination of interior space and feature content. With a long list of
new standard and available features including a multi-angle rearview
camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, expanded view drivers mirror, 7-inch Display Audio with
HondaLink™ connectivity , heated front seats, leather seats, Honda
Satellite-Linked Navigation system and LaneWatch™ display, the Fit is
an unparalleled offering in the sub-compact segment.
The new Fit is equipped with a more efficient and powerful Earth Dreams
Technology™ 1.5-litre direct injected 4-cylinder engine. Available with
either a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or 6-speed
manual, the 2015 Fit earns NRCan fuel economy ratings of 7.0/5.7/6.4
(city/hwy/combined)1 when equipped with the CVT in LX trim.
Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the outgoing model, the new
Fit is slightly shorter (-41mm) and wider (+8 mm) with a longer
wheelbase (+30 mm), resulting in improved handling and stability.
Inside, the Fit delivers class-leading passenger space measuring 2710 L
, an increase of 139 L compared to the previous model. Passengers
sitting in the backseat will appreciate the Fit's abundant rear
legroom, which increases by 122 mm to a best-in-class 998 mm. With the
Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple seating configurations, the Fit provides an unrivaled
1492 L of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat.
Next-Generation ASIMO Makes Appearance
Showcasing Honda's commitment to advancing mobility of all forms, the
new version of ASIMO (www.asimo.honda.com) made a special demonstration at the New York Auto Show, as a part of a
week of activity in New York City.
ASIMO — which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility — features enhanced hand dexterity, including the ability to
sign in both Japanese and American sign language, as well as the
ability to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop,
jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking
and running, among other new and unique capabilities.
1 Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada's new 5-cycle
testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving
habits and other factors - use for comparison only. For more
information on 5-cycle testing, visit (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/cars-light-trucks/buying/7491)
2 2014 Honda Fit fuel economy estimate based on Government of Canada's
new 5-cycle testing method.
Image with caption: "Honda released the first official photos of the Canada-bound HR-V at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique centre tank layout. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140417_C4285_PHOTO_EN_39425.jpg
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
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