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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.


Acura CDX Compact Crossover Next Addition to Lineup?

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V

Earlier this month Acura showed us a refreshed RDX premium SUV at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Now, it looks like Acura is planning to add another new crossover to their lineup, but this one will be a completely new vehicle. It’s the Acura CDX, a new compact crossover that will sit below the existing Acura RDX and MDX.

News of the new Acura CDX comes from a report published by AutoGuide last week. Apparently, they caught wind that Honda filed a trademark for the name CDX with the US Patent & Trademark Office on February 11th, less than two weeks ago at the time of writing.

Since news of the Acura CDX comes from the US Patent office and not any official Acura source, what we know about this new crossover is fairly limited and entirely unofficial. However, we know that Honda has put a lot of effort into their new compact HR-V crossover, which will slot below the CR-V when it hits US dealerships later this year.

Could the CDX be a premium version of the HR-V?

It wouldn’t be the first time the Japanese automaker has made such a move. If the CDX ends up being a premium crossover built on the HR-V’s platform, they would follow in the footsteps of the Acura ILX, which is essentially a premium Honda Civic, and the Acura RDX, which is built on the platform of the Honda CR-V.

Acura SUV-X Concept

Acura SUV-X Concept

As far as what the new Acura CDX might look like, our best indication comes from the 2013 Auto Shanghai. There Honda showed us the Honda SUV-X Concept (above) – a sporty compact crossover concept that was meant to appeal to the Chinese market.

Fun fact: the SUV-X Concept was Honda’s first concept to ever premiere outside the US.

With that in mind, our guess is that the Acura CDX will also make its world premiere at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in April. Since Auto Shanghai is a biennial event, it would be a fitting two-year follow-up for Honda to unveil the CDX in China.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Honda HR-V

2006 Honda HR-V

Obviously you won’t find any 2016 Honda HR-V models up for auction in Japan, but you can find several of the old HR-V’s available. The original Honda HR-V was considered ahead of its time by many automotive critics; it didn’t cease production for lack of quality, but simply because of the ‘bigger is better’ mindset of the time.

2006 Honda HR-V interior

The state of this Japanese car auction find is about exactly what you’d expect from a non-premium 2006 model. It’s got 69,000 kilometers on it, but it’s well kept with an interior grade of B and an overall rating of 4. It’s got a small-but-efficient 1.6L engine under the hood and some surprising amenities like the 6-inch nav. screen you can see on the center console.

For more details, get the full auction sheet translation below:

2006 Honda HR-V auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered February 2006, J model, FAT, AAC, service book, power steering, power windows, original navigation system, airbag, Gathers navigation system, one owner, seats and steering wheel worn, trim scratches, load area scratches, minor scratches and minor dents and repair marks and waves, wheels scratched, marks as per map”


New Honda Pilot Teased Ahead of 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Just as the 2015 Detroit Motor Show winds to a close, automakers everywhere are looking ahead to the next major automotive event – the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Today Honda confirmed that we will see a redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot at the show next month. Here’s the teaser that accompanied the confirmation:

2016 Honda Pilot Teaser

To give you a hint about what this redesigned SUV may look like, we only have to look at the recently redesigned CR-V and the new Honda HR-V. We can expect the new Pilot to follow in those cars’ footsteps. With that in mind, you can almost fill in the teaser image above for yourself when you imagine a sleeker version of the current model year, shown further below.

We had a sneaking suspicion that Honda would bring the new Pilot to Chicago after their Executive VP, John Mendel, told us about their plans for 2015 in Detroit. “Shortly after [the HR-V], we’ll introduce an all-new Pilot SUV that will redefine what is possible with an eight-passenger midsize SUV.”

2015 Honda Pilot

Unfortunately, even though we know the roots for the new Pilot’s design, specific details are nearly nonexistent. We know it’ll go on sale sometime this summer, and that the exterior look will be significantly less boxy than the current generation’s. Most sources also seem to agree that the new mid-size SUV will continue with the same powertrain that’s in the current model. That’s a 3.5L V6 with 250hp, paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

We also know a bit about the new SUV’s development and production. The 2016 Pilot was designed solely by Honda R&D America, and it’ll be manufactured out of Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.

Other Honda Nameplates Coming to Chicago

Along with the 2016 Honda Pilot, we’ve also been told to expect a new Acura RDX, although we have yet to see an official preview of the premium compact crossover. However, just about everything is said to have been improved in the new model – performance, style, luxury and safety.

Along with the Pilot and RDX, we’re expecting to see a design preview for the new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, which will compete with the new Toyota Tacoma  we saw in Detroit when it to goes on sale sometime this fall.

Finally, Mendel also told us to keep an eye out for a new four-cylinder turbo powertrain to make a debut in at least one of their models by the end of the year. Will we see it in Chicago? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Stay tuned for the new 2016 Honda Pilot and more when the Chicago Auto Show’s doors open on February 12.