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Default All-New for 2007, Honda CR-V Delivers Upscale Style, Refined Dynamics and Advanced Sa

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The Honda CR-V is a highly-versatile four-door entry crossover SUV with a spacious
five-passenger interior, sedan-like handling and ride comfort, and a reputation
for offering the highest levels of standard safety features in the segment.
The all-new 2007 Honda CR-V injects a dynamic sense of style and refinement,
bridging the space between sport and utility better than any CR-V yet -
while adding collision compatibility safety enhancements like Honda's
exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure.


Cloaked with distinctive and dynamic exterior styling, the 2007 CR-V debuts
with a wide assortment of new technology and standard comfort and convenience
features. The sophisticated interior design delivers near-luxury style along
with improved refinement. The highly acclaimed Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation
System™ with voice recognition and rear view camera is available on the
CR-V for the first time.


Top-of-class standard safety equipment includes side curtain airbags with rollover
sensor, front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System
(OPDS), active front head restraints, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®),
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and
Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).


"The original CR-V helped establish the crossover entry SUV segment with
its practical size and amazing utility," said John Mendel, senior vice
president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "For 2007, Honda has built
on the CR-V's best strengths and added a new dimension of first-class
style and refinement."


A highly rigid body and fully independent suspension result in a quiet cabin
and smooth, agile handling performance. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
and standard 5-speed automatic transmission provide an excellent balance of
power (166-horsepower) and fuel economy (EPA-rated 23/30 city/highway mpg, 2WD).


A dynamic and emotional forward cabin blends the familiar CR-V identity into
a sculpted lower body with a rugged lower body appearance. A new double grille
and a side profile with an arched window shape accent the CR-V's distinctive
and upscale presence. Adding to the clean lines, the spare tire now resides
under the rear floor as opposed to the exterior of the tailgate; benefiting
aesthetics, visibility and garage-ability.


The previous generation CR-V (2002 - 2006) set a new standard for vehicle
safety when the 2002 CR-V became one of the first few vehicles ever to earn
the federal government's top five-star crash safety rating for both frontal
and side impacts. The 2007 CR-V builds on Honda's industry-leading emphasis
on safety and outdistances the competition by implementing new technology and
features that go beyond conventional industry standards with innovations such
as the ACE Body Structure and a pedestrian safety design, just to name two.


The 2007 CR-V has an entirely new body design. The exterior width has increased
by 1.4 inches to 71.6 inches while the body length has decreased by 3.1 inches
(due mostly to the relocation of the spare tire from the rear bumper to underneath
the rear cargo area). The length of the vehicle minus the spare tire remains
nearly the same.


The unit-body construction features extensive use of strategically strengthened
areas with expanded use of high strength steel to provide high levels of rigidity.
Improved NVH was also targeted and the new model features extensive use of the
latest noise absorption materials to help reduce engine and road noise for an
ultra-quiet cabin.

Comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link suspension,
the highly rigid body and independent suspension offer an engaging driving experience
rare for this class of vehicle.


The CR-V is available in three trim levels - the well-equipped LX, the
fully-featured EX and the upscale EX-L.

(new items in italic)


CR-V LX:


166 hp, 2.4-liter 16-valve i-VTEC engine, 5-speed automatic transmission,
available Real Time 4WD™ system, 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) with traction control, 17-inch steel wheels, Tire Pressure Monitoring
System
(TPMS), front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection
System, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, daytime running lights (DRL),
Maintenance Minder system
, AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback and four
speakers, MP3/auxiliary audio input jack, air conditioning with air-filtration
system, tilt and telescoping steering column, conversation mirror with sunglasses
holder, power windows with drivers auto up/down, programmable power door locks,
power side mirrors, retractable center tray table, upper and lower glove compartments,
under-seat storage bin, 60/40 split sliding fold and tumble rear seats, ambient
console lighting
, remote entry system


CR-V EX adds or replaces LX features:


One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, chrome grille and rear license
trim, rear privacy glass, security system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls,
dual-deck cargo shelf, AM/FM/6-disc in-dash audio system with six speakers,
exterior temperature indicator, 17-inch alloy wheels


CR-V EX-L adds or replaces EX features:


Leather trimmed seats and armrests, heated front seats, body-colored heated
side mirrors and door handles, XM Satellite Radio, available Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
, AM/FM/6-CD changer
audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer (with navigation)



The inside of the 2007 CR-V blends Honda's renowned ergonomics and clever
storage integration with classy, modern and efficient architecture. More standard
features and available new features like a navigation system with voice recognition
highlight the dedication to taking the interior to an entirely new level. The
increased body width allows the seats to be wider and more supportive, and a
newly-designed retractable center tray table not only provides the prerequisite
beverage holders, but EX and above models also contain an additional 12V power
outlet and auxiliary audio jack. CR-V models outfitted with a leather interior
(EX-L) provide a spacious multi-function center console that can accommodate
up to 24 compact discs (on models without the navigation system).


On EX and EX-L models, a dual-deck cargo shelf provides additional storage
options in the cargo area and can hold up to 20 pounds, while providing enough
clearance underneath for grocery bags or items such as a folded stroller. Key
interior dimensions remain similar to the generous proportions of the 2006 model.


The latest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with
voice recognition and rearview camera, available on the CR-V EX-L, features
a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to the internal
single-disc CD player and a digital audio card reader that can play MP3 and
WMA files from CompactFlash® cards. The navigation system features more
than 7 million points of interest and can control the audio system. The voice
recognition is capable of recognizing and entering numbers, street names and
cities.


For 2007, all audio systems are more powerful with at least 160 watts (LX,
EX). Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment on all trim levels,
allowing for portable music device playback through the audio system. Each audio
system also features MP3/WMA CD playback capability and Speed-sensitive Volume
Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle speed.
The LX trim level has a four-speaker 160-watt audio system with a single-disc
CD player. The EX and EX-L add two speakers (tweeters) and an in-dash 6-disc
CD changer (console mounted on navigation-equipped models). XM Satellite Radio
is standard on the EX-L. The EX-L with Navigation audio system increases power
output to 270 Watts and delivers sound through seven speakers, including a subwoofer.


Powered by Honda's 2.4-liter, Dual-Over Head Cam, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine,
the CR-V offers refined and responsive performance with good fuel economy and
low emissions (CARB LEV II ULEV). A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard
equipment on all CR-Vs, and a traction-enhancing Real Time 4WD system is available.
The engine produces 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft. of torque - a 10-horsepower
increase and a broader torque curve compared to the 2006 CR-V. The power upgrade
is attributable to a slight increase in compression ratio and enhanced valvetrain,
intake and exhaust tuning. From a refinement standpoint, the Drive-by-Wire (DBW)
throttle control works closely with the transmission for extremely smooth shift
points and intuitive gear holding on hilly roads.


The fully automatic Real Time 4WD system (available) enhances the CR-V's
all-weather capabilities when driving in rain, snow, dirt roads and sandy conditions
- without the significant weight, fuel economy and handling performance
drawbacks of a conventional four-wheel-drive system. For 2007, enhancements
have been made to the system for improved torque transfer to the rear wheels
- making the CR-V even better in rain, snow and sand.


The CR-V is truly a global product for Honda sold in 160 countries in North
America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. In fact, the CR-V is sold in
more countries than any other Honda automotive product. Worldwide, cumulative
sales are approximately 2.5 million (since 1996) with 1.2 million sold in the
United States (since 1997). Worldwide, 334,000 units were sold in 2005 with
150,000 sold in the United States. Worldwide, the CR-V is built in seven countries
at eight factories, and for the first time it will be assembled in North America
at Honda of America Manufacturing in the East Liberty Plant.

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