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Honda Presents the 2010 CR-V with Revised Styling and First-Time Diesel Automatic - VIDEO ENHANCED

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LONDON - April 29, 2010: The 2010 year model CR-V has received an interior and exterior facelift with a host of upgrades and enhancements in all areas, including the combination of a diesel engine and automatic transmission.

Overview of Changes:
• Latest i-DTEC engine, complying with Euro-5 emissions standards
• Automatic transmission now available with the diesel engine
• Suspension changes combined with improvements in NVH performance
• New exterior styling including new bumpers, grille and wheels
• Detail changes to interior finishes and equipment

Engine and Transmission
The 2010 CR-V features Honda’s acclaimed Euro-5 i-DTEC diesel engine, giving the CR-V more power while meeting the latest emissions standard. To enhance the introduction of the new power unit, the CR-V will be available with a diesel engine combined with an automatic gearbox.

The i-DTEC engine, combined with an automatic transmission, has already been well received in the Accord model with the broad spread of torque complementing the Honda designed and manufactured automatic gearbox. The automatic gearbox has been slightly modified for its use in the CR-V to allow for the four wheel drive transmission and different usage of the vehicle.

To improve fuel economy, the automatic gearbox has been fitted with a transmission fluid heater to bring the ATF up to temperature more quickly after start-up, and reduce internal friction. For towing or other high load activities, an automatic transmission fluid cooler has been fitted to keep temperatures stable.

The i-DTEC engine gives a 10PS increase in engine power to 150PS and a 10Nm increase in torque to 350Nm, while reducing CO2 emissions*. Honda’s latest diesel engine features an 1800-bar, 3rd generation Bosch common rail injection system to precisely meter the fuel. The new i-DTEC features a close-coupled particulate filter for a faster warm-up time, with a larger regeneration area to improve performance. The i-DTEC engine has significantly-reduced levels of NOx and particulates emissions and emits CO2 emissions of 171g/km (manual) and 195g/km (auto).

The frugal 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine will continue and now complies with the more stringent Euro-5 emissions regulations. This economical i-VTEC engine will be available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Manual versions of the new CR-V will be fitted with a Shift Indicator Light (SIL), to assist customers in reducing their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Internal tests indicate that savings of up to 0.2 l/100km or 5g/km of CO2 may be achieved by following the instructions of the SIL system.

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Suspension Revisions
Honda engineers have made revisions to the geometry and dampers of the CR-V. The end result is improved ride comfort, without compromising the agile handling and excellent road holding of the existing model. The caster angle, damper valving and rubber bushes in the suspension have been optimised in order to enhance ride comfort, reduce road noise and improve the already impressive handling.

Exterior Styling
Building on the sophisticated exterior treatment of the current car, the 2010 CR-V gains revised front and rear bumpers, a new grille and new 5-spoke 17” and 10-spoke 18” alloy wheels. Alloy wheels are standard on all grades for the first time.

The new bumpers incorporate larger areas of body coloured paint and a re-contoured shape, which enhances the feeling of sophistication. Top grade models* also receive all body coloured bumpers, which highlight the lines of revised front and rear bodywork. The front grille now features a slimmer central bar either side of the “H” badge and is body coloured instead of the chrome finish of the current model.

Three new paint colours are available for 2010, Premium White Pearl, Urban Titanium and Alabaster Silver. Five other metallic paints are available – Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Sparkle Grey, Deep Bronze and Deep Sapphire Blue. Milano Red is the solid colour for the new model.

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Interior Changes
The 2010 CR-V features a host of changes to further enhance the current model’s attractive and practical interior. All interior trim panels receive a new surface effect and revised colour, which combined with revised seat fabric, floor carpets and door grips, alter the ambience of the 2010 CR-V’s comfortable interior.

The new plastic trim panels are now more closely coordinated to enhance the ambience. Honda’s designers have enhanced the passenger and boot area of the CR-V with new alloy sill and boot lip garnishes.

Each of the seat finishes has received changes to subtly alter the perception of the CR-V’s high quality interior. The fabric seats now feature a new more stylish pattern and a revised material, while the Alcantara seats now feature leather side bolsters. On models equipped with leather seats, the stitching is now in a contrasting colour and on models with the ivory leather, the floor carpet colour has changed to brown to reduce the appearance of mud and dust. To complement these changes, the folding armrests on the driver and passenger seats have been increased in width to improve comfort.

The new CR-V features a revised audio system with the facility to connect iPods or other MP3 music devices on some grades. The USB connector for the system is discretely positioned in the upper glove box on the passenger side, negating the need for any wires or sockets to be on show.

The easy to use Bluetooth compatible HFT system has also seen upgrades to allow the export of numbers to the system when used with a compatible mobile phone. On grades equipped with satellite navigation, telephone numbers can also be dialled through a keypad displayed on the touch-screen display.

Honda’s engineers have added a number of convenience features to the CR-V to further enhance its practicality. On top grade models*, engaging reverse gear causes the passenger side mirror to dip slightly to enhance the driver’s view of the kerb or obstacles next to the vehicle. An automatically dimming rear view mirror, to enhance safety at night, is now also fitted.

Detail work has been done to further refine the CR-V’s already impressive NVH performance, enhancing the relaxing, car-like driving experience of Honda’s 4x4. Additional sound deadening, new isolators and revised seals are among the detail changes made to achieve a 5 dB drop in ambient cabin noise.

Advanced safety technologies
A tyre Deflation Warning System (DWS) is fitted to all grades of CR-V for the first time, to reduce the risk of damage from tyre failures. The advanced safety systems continue to be available on the CR-V and both are unique Honda designed technologies. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is a radar-controlled cruise control function which maintains a set distance to the vehicle in front, while Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) predicts collisions and warns the driver, before applying braking and retracting the front seatbelts if the situation becomes critical. These systems are optional on top grade models* models.