• Nov 27, 2007

The small utility vehicle market is booming right now, and there may be none better in the non-luxury space than the fuel-sipping Honda CR-V. Honda has to be thrilled with their little 'ute, mostly because customers are snatching up the vehicle with little or no incentives, and it's far and away the best-selling CUV in the US. The CR-V has been so successful that Honda has increased production in Mexico by 20,000 units annually to expand sales into Brazil and Argentina. Honda is hiring an additional 600 employees to its El Salto plant in Mexico to account for growing production. The move is part of Honda's plan to double North American production of the CR-V.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob-omb.

      My point is clear, the CR-V has poor sales here in Brazil.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those things are hideous. They are for people with no style whatsoever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aren't massive Mexican output increases what caused VW-USA to go to crap? Not saying there is anything wrong with the plants as much as the "we're gonna rush a whole bunch of these suckers!!"

      I expect a few horror stories about sludged engines and electrical problems a couple of years from now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sludged engines are usually a design thing, not a plant thing, but if it makes you feel better to dump on brown people, that fine by me.

        Know this: Volkswagen have terrible reliability regardless of their being produced in Mexico (Jetta), Brazil (Golf) or Germany (Passat). VW is an equal-opportunity maker of flaky glitch-mobiles.

        Meanwhile, Ford's Mexican-built Fusion is the most reliable midsize sedan from any make, while the American-made Mazda6--built on the same platform but assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan--doesn't do nearly as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Volkswagen is solely to blame for this, not the workers.

        Considering reliability is pretty much the same on all the cars they offer and considering that they're not all built in Mexico, you can easily tell that Volkswagen's engineering department is solely to blame for these fun to drive but unreliable cars (with in several cases dated mechanical parts that are as old if not older than the Panther platform - see City Golf and City Jetta (aka the ones sold in Canada and Brazil)).
        • 7 Years Ago
        *sigh* The cute thing about people thinking I'm racist/xenophobic is it exposes their own racist/xenophobic thought patterns.

        I wasn't blaming the workers (hence when I said "this isn't a fault of the plants"). I was blaming the corporate higher-ups for going "oh shnap, these cars are popular, we have to find a way to really ramp up production" without realizing (or not caring) that things like quality control don't scale that well when you crank up lines to breakneck speeds and otherwise do a quick doubling of your production.

        The "Japanese" companies are going to be in the same place that GM was in a couple of years ago: because Toyota and Honda are going to start realizing that a .001 rate of serious defects means you get 1000 dangerously defective cars instead of 100. That's the nasty side effect of starting to sell in the millions: Stories of Camry conflagration and accord wheel separation start spreading over the internet and everyone starts thinking "hey, these cars /used/ to be good but now they suck... gee that fusion looks pretty nice..."

        Ironically, all the parts I see failing on the VW's from the sucky era (MK IV) were all the "shiny new" things like coil packs and security systems and turbocharged engines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is the Saturn Vue? IMHO, the Vue is wayyy more stylish and desirable.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's the only SUV-ish vehicle I'd personally buy.

        The CR-V at the moment is getting higher ratings than the Corolla (reliability-wise) in Canada, as for looks and appeal... Well, it doesn't look that atrocious, but I don't understand why people would buy this over a midsize sedan, it's so freaking tiny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get you people who have all this vitriol for an inanimate object. The worst thing I've heard anyone say about the CRV is that it's ugly. There's been no major mechanical problems, it gets good safety ratings, decent mileage and reasonably priced. I think the real reason for all this hate is because everyone hates to see Honda with another hit. I guess when the Malibu frenzy dies off in 3 months and they start to languish on the lots with a 120 day supply you all will bemoan the buying public for not buying this car over the CRV.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AlexP- one of the biggest reasons for going witha compact SUV rather than a small 4door hatch or even a small wagon is the child-seat factor. it's much easier to get kids strapped in right when the seats are positioned a little higher up. Sure you can get by with a small wagon- we did.
      diesel- don't get me started- especially on the Toyota D-Cat models you guys can buy there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, If they are increasing production thinking on brazilian sales, then they better review their plans, the CR-V costs more than 120K R$ here and thru this entire year sold a bit more than 1600 units. Just as a comparo, the Toyota Hilux SW4 (an SUV made on the base of a pickup the size of a Tacoma) sold 3 times more in the same period, and it cost 20K more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And people love Buicks in China. What's your point?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should have gone with the Vue. After having driven both all over Westchester County, NY I was shocked at how much more fun the Vue was then the CRV. It felt cheap, bouncy and handled about as well as my 2000 Blazer.

      My girlfriend is seriously car hunting, to replace an Audi she adored (for it's performance) but also loathed (maintenance). After all the driving, where we learned you could get the Vue with the 3.6 liter engine airborne over a railroad crossing and that the CRV hasn't got pickup of the Prius, nor the mileage-she's intent on picking the CRV. She was impressed by the little table btw the front seats she said and likes the styling!

      Honda is a marketing juggernaut, I think the CRV has replaced the VW Jetta as the "must have" for professional urban women.

      I have no clue why.

      I'd take the Vue in a second. My Blazer though only has 104k miles, so it's got another 100k miles in it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my God, that is the ugliest thing Honda has ever made.

      Why do people settle for this crap, when everyone else's quality is way up, sometimes exceeding some Honda products, and they offer much better looking cars too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd say the Ridgeline is, considering it's some sort of weird cross between their new Accord and the old GM cladding crap... Not to mention it's a "urban truck", lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So all you puke enthusiasts hate how the car looks, and yet it sells far out of proportion to your expectations, which begs the question:

      Maybe it's not a problem with the buying public, maybe it could be you guys?

      • 7 Years Ago
      "I'd take the Vue in a second. My Blazer though only has 104k miles, so it's got another 100k miles in it. "


      I meant-"BUT, My Blazer though only has 104k miles, so it's got another 100k miles in it. "


      I'd even test out the Rav4-Which to me is a "girl car."



      • 7 Years Ago
      Please more vitriol bashers. Hoping your opinion will influence others, so then maybe I can buy one with an incentive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, so thats why people buy generic economoblies? Always wondered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Happy to have enlightened you frodough.
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