While some automakers are streamlining platforms and models globally, Honda is going the other way, with more locally developed variants of models. There is a new Honda Fit on the way for the 2013-2014 timeframe, says Automotive News, and Honda is reportedly hoping the platform will sell more than one million vehicles. Honda thinks the way to hit that volume is by basing a new crossover vehicle off the next-generation Fit.

Buyers in the U.S. and Eurpean markets have a substantial appetite for truckish anti-wagons, and Honda already manages to sell 800,000 Fit and Fit-based vehicles, including the eight-seat JDM Freed, but that's probably not what Honda means when talking about a small crossover. If a Fit-ute takes off, it will help Honda get a quicker return on its investment in a new plant in Mexico that's expected to open in 2014 and is already lined up to build the Fit hatch.

A smaller CR-V could be automotive hotcakes for Honda, though the Fit's 1.5-liter engine might need to hit the gym if it's going to keep pace.


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      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always wondered whether Honda would resurrect the HR-V, which itself was based on the former Logo. That was very attractive for a small soft-roader.
        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Yes, remember it well. Like to see this new Fit with Honda's new 1.6 earth dreams diesel.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          I'm going to have to agree here, a good, torque, 45 mpg + diesel is just what the Fit needs to stand out in the subcompact segment.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fit is the best Honda, more of a good thing can't be bad...
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Ford, you listening to this? You guys better take a long hard look at that new EcoSport small crossover and really consider bring it to market (and to the USDM as well).
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Agreed. The mini-ute segment is a booming segment . There really is no reason for Ford not to ompete in it.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as it comes with AWD and offers similar/better fuel economy to the Mazda CX-5, it should do very well for Honda. Hopefully it doesn't look as polarizing as the current Pilot and is different enough from the CR-V so that it doesn't cannibalize sales.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        Honda has three plants that employ around 8000 people in the States, one in Canada that employs about 3000, and two in Mexico that employ 6000. What on earth are you talking about?
      bazinga
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't over-complicate this, Honda. Give us the Fit Shuttle or Freed with the 1.8L from a Civic and you're done. You have all the resources to build it with minimal costs -- relative to engineering, designing, and creating new sheet-metal for a whole new USDM Fit based CUV.
      Alex Arndt
      • 2 Years Ago
      08' GD3 owner here. Fit Si (~180HP+ Mechanical LSD, Sport suspension) Please jesus!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Think Concept S from the Beijing Autoshow and I bet we've got a general idea of what it could look like.
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      yeah, and it's called Fit Shuttle.. But for US market? probably not a good idea..
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Seph
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      ant
      • 2 Years Ago
      one wonders if honda will bother to update the door handles.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it's going to be compact, FWD, probably with 4 doors and a rear hatch. Can someone tell me what's the difference between a "crossover" (CUV) and a hatchback? Is it just a matter of boxier fenders and oversized wheels? Or is it a higher center of gravity and crappier mpg? One example that confuses me is the Toyota Venza. I think it's just a Camry with big wheels and a hatch. I'd call it a wagon, but it's classified as a crossover. How about the Ford Explorer and Ford Flex? I'd call them either wagons or minivans without sliding doors. They're both just big FWD cars as far as I can tell, with nothing about their drivetrains resembling that of a truck. Functionally, they are nearly identical, but apparently the Flex is a CUV but the Explorer is an SUV.
        Wyrmdog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        "Or is it a higher center of gravity and crappier mpg?" Dingdingding! We have a winner! It always cracks me up when I meet a driver of a Murano or X3 or CR-V that wouldn't be caught dead in a hatchback because...y'know...they suck. But point out that they're driving a hatchback on stilts and they get quite indignant. The terminology is muddled now and has been for some time. I think automakers call things whatever they want and people say, "Good show!" They follow up with golf claps and place orders for vehicles largely indistinguishable from those they claim to disdain.
      thomasj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want to sell more put in a CVT and allow it to obtain 40mpg.
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