The Honda HR-V is a mini SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda from 1999 to 2006 and from 2016 to the present. The abbreviation HRV officially stands for High Rider Vehicle although it is also referred to as Hybrid Recreation Vehicle. The HR-V was introduced to cater to the demand for vehicles with the benefits of SUVs (in particular its bigger brither the Honda CR-V) such as increased cargo room, higher visibility, along with maneuverability, performance and fuel economy of a smaller car (such as the Honda Civic). Its main competitors include the Toyota Rav4 and the Land Rover Freelander. Kent as ane o the earliest low emissions vehicles (in terms o nitrogen oxides) an unique character, the HR-V is nou considered one of the first original crossower SUVs.
Originally designed as the "Wild and Joyfull J-WJ" concept vehicle an exhibitit at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, the HR-V emerged as a futuristic an lichtweight cross-kintra vehicle in 1998. The Honda HR-V wis suin put intae production due tae its popularity, an marketit toward a yunger demographic as the "Joy Machine" in 1999. The HR-V wis shipt tae Europe wi aither a 1.6L SOHC or a fower-wheel drive SOHC VTEC ingine. An automatic continuously variable transmission gearbox wis an' a' an ingine option, housomeivver, the main criticism o the HR-V wis the lack o a diesel ingine option. The three door versions wur discontinued in 2003 an five door versions in 2006. Unoffeecially, the Honda Crossroad (2008) is the follae up tae the HR-V.
The Real Time 4WD seestem comes frae the Honda CR-V an uises utilizes a Dual hydraulic Pump Rear Differential whaur the 4WD seestem is hydraulically activatit when the front wheels lose traction. The HR-V an aa uises enhanced drive shafts an suspension. Variations wur produced for Australie, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Pacific Rim an for its hame mercat o Japan. The HR-V wis revised in 2002 wi some exterior stylin chynges an a new interior. Ahead o its time in terms o design for pedestrian safety, the HR-V seats fower fowk an includes modren safety features sic as ABS brakes wi EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), dual SRS (supplemental restraint seestem) airbags, as well as ither features sic as electric mirrors, electric windaes, foldin rear seats, pouer steerin, heat absorbin windaes, air conditionin, front fog lichts an a rear spoiler hoosin an LED brake licht array.
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