Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been surprisingly popular and successful. Partly, this may be due to the fact that it is a nice middleman between sedan and Sport Utility Vehicle. It is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda since 1996. It was very loosely derived from the Honda Civic to satisfy a public demand for a sport-utility vehicle from Honda. In reality though, this is nothing like the Civic, which is a small car, not a little truck-like vehicle. In terms of the name behind this model, there seem to be some discrepancies as to what "CR-V" stands for. Honda sales literature in the UK reportedly makes references to a "Compact Recreational Vehicle" whereas other Honda literature refers to "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle". Nevertheless, it is available in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, although in many markets such as the United Kingdom, only all-wheel drive is offered. This is due to lack of demand for lower specification vehicles and higher consumer expectations. Honda produces the CR-V in the United Kingdom and Japan for worldwide markets, and as of 2007, North American CR-Vs are produced in Sayama, Saitama, Japan and also in Jalisco, Mexico. The Dongfeng Honda Automobile Company, a joint venture with Honda, manufactures the Honda CR-V for the Chinese consumers. Honda executives considered making the CR-V as one of the first vehicles to be produced at Honda's new facility currently under construction in Greensburg, Indiana that will open in fall 2008. However this seems to have changed, as the facility will initially exclusively produce the Civic. Introduced in Japan in 1996, the Honda CR-V was Honda's first in-house designed SUV and was originally intended only to be a niche vehicle. As it turned out they underestimated themselves and set fire to a buying frenzy.