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.
The brand-new Honda Crossroad goes on sale in Japan tomorrow. Honda is calling this vehicle an "active life navigator" which sounds like something a late-night infomercial would try to sell us. But this boxy family-mover has got some green credentials, with "class-topping" (in Japan) fuel economy of 13.8km/l. The Crossroad gets these numbers from either a 1.8-liter or a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 4-wheel-drive model gets worse fuel economy than the