Originally launched at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda CR-V was one of the first of the modern generation of ‘soft roaders’. It became a benchmark for this fast growing segment with its practical size and excellent utility.
The CR-V was designed primarily for on-road use, but with SUV styling and the quality customers expect from a Honda product. Sales began in Europe in 1997 and the Honda CR-V quickly became a firm favourite with buyers, so successful in fact that production of the European models started in Honda’s plant in Swindon, United Kingdom in 1998.
Launched in late 2001, the second generation Honda CR-V took many cues from the original, retaining all of its best features including the rugged 4×4 styling and the ‘on demand’ Real Time Dual Pump 4WD system. It offered much improved performance and economy, achieved with the introduction of Honda’s 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, while the new body structure delivered increased interior space.
A further sales boost came in 2005 with the introduction of Honda’s much acclaimed i-CTDi diesel engine. Perfectly complementing the petrol engine, the high output, high torque engine significantly enhanced the Honda CR-V’s all-round appeal.
The third-generation Honda CR-V arrived in 2007. This was the first CR-V to feature a vertically opening tailgate, a feature made possible by removing the spare wheel from the back door. Lower, shorter and wider than its predecessors, it offered improved on-road dynamics. A mid-life facelift in 2009 introduced the new generation diesel engine i-DTEC and a combination of diesel engine with automatic transmission.
Over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world since its introduction in 1995 and the new, fourth generation Honda CR-V builds on the success of its predecessors with greater quality, practicality and refinement. The model that helped define the compact-SUV sector has been comprehensively redesigned for the European market.
For the first time, the Honda CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive, while improvements to the engine range have achieved a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Sales of the new CR-V will begin in Europe in November 2012 and it will be built at Honda’s production facility in Swindon, United Kingdom.
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