Honda has made some huge decisions lately, not least its announcement that it is pulling plant on the Swindon manufacturing factory with a loss of more than 3,500 jobs.
Honda chiefs say that the closure is due to global changes in the car industry and the need to launch electric vehicles, and it had nothing to do with Brexit, although the timing might suggest differently.
That future does not include diesel, and with the launch of its new CR-V with a 1.5-litre petrol available alongside a CR-V Hybrid equipped with a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, a powerful electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack just arrived in showrooms too.
This week’s test car is the four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol model that comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and 175 hp. You can also have a 193hp version with a cVT automatic gearbox.
Most will look at the new CR-V and instantly recognise that it is pure Honda from every view. On closer inspection, you will notice a new grille, the redesigned lights, 18 inch alloy wheels, a re-sculpted bonnet and side design lines that are enough to catch the eye.
Inside, similar to the Civic, the cabin is beautifully stitched together – there are no annoying squeaks or rattle here – where the materials are of a high quality and a design that, although a little fussy in spots, proved to be a pleasant place to reside.
Instrumentation, while giving a modern feel could be more simplified and less tricky to use; not something that Honda are famous for.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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