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Honda Says Bye-Bye to Crosstour for 2016

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 10th, 2015

2014 Honda Crosstour

Yesterday we looked one of the most successful Honda/Acura models of the past decade up for auction in Japan. In a fitting contrast, today we learned that Honda plans to get rid of one of their worst-sellers for the 2016MY. That car is the Honda Crosstour, and it will be officially axed from the lineup for 2016.

Note, this is NOT the same car as the Honda Accord Tourer which is available in some markets.

2015 Honda Crosstour rear

The Honda Crosstour, previously known as the Honda Accord Crosstour, is an awkward fusion of sedan, station wagon and crossover. It’s designed to have the looks of a sedan, the space of a station wagon and the underpinnings of a crossover. It’s a little unfair, but you can see how the car earned itself the nickname “The hunchback of Honda”… People perceive the Crosstour as bulky and unattractive without any of the perks that normally come with bulky and unattractive cars.

The result of this awkwardly implemented design concept is a remarkably slow-selling model. The Honda Crosstour debuted in 2010, and its monthly sales only ever peaked at 2,900 units during that year. According to Good Car Bad Car, the Honda Crosstour has yet to sell more than 750 units in one month since the start of 2015. It’s been a full year since the car managed to consistently sell over 1,000 units a month.

2015 Honda Crosstour interior

According to Honda’s official statement on the Crosstour’s cessation, they believe that the Honda HR-V launching any day now is the right direction for their crossover lineup:

“The crossover segment has evolved and we believe the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V launching later this spring will create new value for crossover shoppers and play a more significant role as a gateway model for the Honda brand to drive light truck sales growth. This move will allow the East Liberty Plant to focus on meeting demand for the CR-V and a refreshed 2016 Acura RDX and, as announced last month, expand light truck production in early 2017 with the Acura MDX,”

The statement reveals another core reason behind the Crosstour’s demise, which is that it will allow them to optimize manufacturing capacity. The Crosstour is currently manufactured at Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio plant… Getting rid of the low-selling model in 2016 will allow this plant to focus solely on other crossover models like the Honda CR-V and Acura RDX.

Honestly, we don’t think that the Crosstour had to be doomed from the start. After all, the BMW X6 does just fine and it’s really not too far off from the current Crosstour.

2015 BMW X6

2015 BMW X6

However, the Crosstour was one of the first cars that Honda promoted primarily on social media, and they did NOT do a very good job. The photos they shared were ugly, and the original “Accord Crosstour” naming scheme was confusing. The result was a flood of negative comments and shares… Not exactly a great start. In fact, it was so bad that the Crosstour never took off, despite dealerships offering rock-bottom prices in recent years to try and clear out their stocks.

So long, Crosstour. Honestly, you won’t be missed.


Why Honda Projects Record Sales in 2015

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

At this month’s Detroit motor show, Honda’s Executive VP, John Mendel, predicted that the automaker would break their US sales record by the end of 2015. But it’s not just the US – Honda is taking extreme measures everywhere to revitalize their brand and push their momentum from 2014.

It Starts With New US Models Like the Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX

One of the biggest ways Honda plans to beat their US sales record is simply by meeting demand for their new Acura TLX. Turns out they’re struggling to keep up with orders. Mendel is even quoted as saying demand for the car is “going gangbusters” in an interview with Columbus Business First in Detroit.

They also kick-started the year with the Acura NSX concept in Detroit, with even more new cars coming to Chicago like a redesigned RDX and the new Honda Pilot. While they’re adding new models to increase sales growth in the US, the Japanese automaker is doing exactly the opposite in Europe…

Honda Accord Withdrawing from Europe

2014 Honda Accord

Leon Brannan of Honda UK recently told Automotive News Europe, “we are running out the accord and we will not return to the segment.”

The jaws of several of our US readers are probably dropping right now, as the idea of Honda removing the Accord from their lineup in any market is near unthinkable. However, keep in mind that the European version of Honda’s midsize Accord is actually our discontinued Acura TSX. That’s the same car that Honda recently replaced with the TLX in the US, but they plan to totally withdraw from the segment in Europe.

Why?

It’s a smart move when you hear the full story.

First, they’ve been losing sales to natively manufactured European models like the Mercedes C class for some time. In fact, Honda UK’s Accord sales fell by nearly 20% in 2014. When you consider that Honda’s total European sales fell 5% last year, it’s easy to see that the Accord is one of the cars dragging down their numbers. Meanwhile, their always-excellence crossovers continue to outsell their European competition.

When you see like that, the change seems obvious – they’re cutting their losses and refocusing on the models that are selling well. The refreshed Honda CR-V is already doing well, and the new subcompact HR-V is also expected to play a part in Honda’s European sales rebounding to record highs by the end of this year.


Honda / Acura Bringing 4 New(ish) Cars to the 2013 New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 22nd, 2013

As we talked about yesterday, the 2013 New York International Auto Show is right around the corner with doors opening next Thursday, March 28. With it, you can expect to see a whole host of new Japanese cars from just about all of your favorite brands. Today, we’re going to talk about Honda and the plethora of new or updated vehicles they will be showcasing in New York.

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in:

2014 Honda Odyssey

While we won’t see a new generation of the Honda Odyssey at New York, we will see several “innovative new features” for the 2014 model year. In an effort to maintain the popular minivan’s competitive place in the segment, Honda will integrate several new safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. Additionally, they may offer a new powertrain with a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 278bhp.

Not too shabby.

Honda Accord Plug-in

Most of us have forgotten that Honda originally teased a PHEV-version of their Accord a full two years ago. Now that the 2013 Honda Accord Plug-in has been on sale for a couple months in select locations, Honda is excited to show us what the 2014MY holds in store. With an electric-only fuel economy of up to 138 MPGe (UK), the new Accord PHEV will apparently be the first car ever to meet the EPA’s newly revised standards.

Honda Fit EV

We probably don’t need to say too much about this one. The Honda Fit (or the Honda Jazz, as it is also known) is already a great car. In an effort to compete with new EVs coming from Nissan, Ford, Chevy and Toyota (among others), the Fit EV will boast a driving range of 82 miles.

Next Generation Acura MDX

Last, but certainly not least, Honda will be showing off their next-gen Acura MDX luxury SUV. We’ve already seen the concept and it looked fantastic, so we’re excited to see what the production-ready version will look like.

As far as stats, Honda’s luxury marquee has already told us a surprising amount. Basically, we’ve been promised a more spacious interior, more safety features and a new powertrain with a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine capable of both all-wheel and front-wheel drive. Not to mention the facelift, of course.

As you can see, Honda alone has several cars to get us excited about for the 2013 New York International Auto Show. We still have about a week left for previews, though, so I’m sure there are more exciting vehicles yet to come. Either way, stay tuned here for the latest news and updates!

Sources: Autocar, Autocar, Worldcarfans.com


2013 Honda Accord Back At Number 1 – Consumer Reports

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 21st, 2012

The world is finally as it should be once again… Honda is back at the top in the US with their redesigned 2013 Accord having claimed Consumer Report’s best in class award for four-cylinder sedans. After a disappointing performance last year, Honda is back stronger than ever with a vehicle to be proud of. It seems as if Honda listened to everything Consumer Reports didn’t like about their previous vehicles and fixed those problems specifically for 2013.

The end result is a feature heavy sedan with good fuel efficiency and a reasonable price to cement its place at the top. The primary contenders that the Accord beat out for the gold were the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata – two excellent vehicles in their own right. Of course, in Japan, Honda is always playing second fiddle to Toyota, but in the US it has often had the upper hand over the years.

To remind those of you who may have missed it, last year Consumer Reports decreed that the Honda Civic should be avoided like the plague. Their review outlined how the 2012 Honda Civic was cheaply made and ugly, although they said it much more eloquently… They used words like “less agile” and “lower interior quality than its predecessor”. Even though a fully redesigned Honda Civic is not being released this year, Honda did make sure that the 2013 Civic is improved in those certain areas; it has a more spacious interior and an improved chassis.

2013 Honda Accord being tested by Comsumer Reports

Either way, this year there is no question of Honda’s dominance in the Consumer Reports. Jake Fisher blatantly said that “Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one.” In fact, the Honda Accord is good enough to warrant top spots not only for its 4-cylinder model, but for its 6-cylinder model as well. The Accord claimed the top spot in the 4-cylinder sedan category, but it also nearly beat the Camry v6 and Camry Hybrid for best mid-size car, period.

So, what specifically makes the 2013 Honda Accord so appealing to the ever-critical vehicle testing director, Jake Fisher? Here are some of the things he liked:

  •  It’s 2-inches shorter, which makes a big difference in how the car feels on the road.
  • It still offers great visibility, with a thin wind-shield pillar and minimal obstruction.
  • An efficient but powerful new 4-cylinder engine with Honda’s EarthDreams technology, featuring direct injection and a new CVT
  • Best-in-class fuel economy thanks to the improved engine and reduced vehicle weight
  • A very spacious interior for both front- and back-seat passengers
  • Quieter inside the vehicle than he’s been used to hearing in Honda’s past
  • Better steering than he’s experienced in recent Honda vehicles

As you can see, the 2013 Honda Accord is undoubtedly an excellent vehicle, and well deserving of its place in Consumer Reports’ rankings. On top of all the excellent features, Jake Fisher also noted that the vehicle remains fairly affordable compared to its competitors, which is obviously important. It’s always good to hear when the traditionally top-ranked Japanese manufacturers pull off another home run, and the new Honda Accord is just that. It’s fun to drive, efficient, robust and affordable… Definitely a car worth considering in 2013 and beyond. To learn more, just check out Consumer Reports’ video below:

Source: Carscoop