Honda says the 2012 CR-V launch won’t be delayed by the Thai floods

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 9, 2011

The launch of the redesigned Honda CR-V won’t be delayed even as its supply chain has been disrupted by the Thailand floods. Honda said that it is recovering faster than had been expected. Honda made an announcement earlier that the launch of the crossover could be postponed by several weeks. If the delay had pushed through, it would have been the second major release to be affected by a natural disaster in 2011.

The release of the redesigned Civic was delayed due to the impact of the earthquake in Japan last March. Honda has four core products planned to be launched in an 18-month period.

A year ago, an all-new Odyssey minivan went on sale. This spring, a redesigned mid-sized Accord will debut. The other two are the new Civic and CR-V. Honda said that production at its U.S. will still be limited through at least Nov. 23 while the output of its Canadian plants will be curtailed until at least Nov. 25. Earlier this month, Honda had cut its output in North America but it said that production will go up at several plants in November.

John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales, sent a memo to dealers to inform them that production of some plants will improve to up to 75% of normal levels through Nov. 23. Mendel said that there has been “significant progress” made in looking for alternative manufacturing facilities or new suppliers for components that come from Thailand.

The success of the previous-generation Honda CR-V as the best-selling SUV from 2007 to 2010 was underpinned by several factors like its size and proportion as well as refined styling features like its multi-reflector halogen headlights as well as long full-body taillights.

The next-generation CR-V comes with a stance that is more aggressive and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, thanks to its bolder front fascia and deeply sculpted bodylines. Further emphasizing the smooth-flowing lines of the front bumper is the horizontal three-bar grille as flanked by deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower portion of this bumper wraps upward to exude SUV capability through a generous approach angle.

Its lower counterpart has been integrated with the fascia for better aerodynamics. As expected the 2012 CR-V still features its signature vertical rear brake lights that have been there since its debut on the 1997 model.

However, these brake lights have a more 3D style that further augments the SUV’s design and aerodynamics. The CR-V's large wheels and bold fender flares emphasize the vehicle's dynamic presence and capability.

Honda has gifted the new CR-V with several design elements that could help enhance its efficiency, thereby helping the new CR-V to stand at the peak of its class in terms of aerodynamic efficiency. Some of these elements include the longer roofline and integrated rear spoiler, which both could lower the coefficient of drag. One version of the new SUV – the CR-V EX-L – is specified with silver roof rails that begin at the A-pillars and then sweep along the roofline to the rear end of the vehicle.

These fully functional rails – which are offered as an accessory on CR-V LX and EX – serve as an attachment point for an accessory rack through three anchor points on each side. Interestingly, the new Honda CR-V features a side door design that allows for easier ingress and egress.

Once the doors are opened, the side-sill garnish that covers the rocker panel allows for a more direct pathway to the ground – resulting to a shorter step-over distance for better comfort. Moreover, this design cuts the chances of leg contact with the side of the vehicle.

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