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Honda LA Debuts: CR-V And Fit EV

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On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda LA Debuts: CR-V And Fit EV

Honda has two new production vehicle debuts in store for the 2011 LA Auto Show, both of which are quite interesting in their own right. The company announced that it will debut the 2013 Fit EV, Honda's first fully electric car, and the 2012 CR-V at the show.

The Fit EV is definitely the more interesting of the two from where I'm sitting. It isn't exactly revolutionary, and specs-wise actually falls below the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV, but it will provide another electric-car option and should be attractive to Honda customers already driving a Fit or CR-Z hybrid. The car combines the Fit's layout with a three-mode driving system used on the CR-Z. It offers an EPA-estimated range of 70 miles (just below the Leaf's EPA-rated 73 miles) and a top speed around 90 mph.

The Fit EV will hit the US market next year as a 2013 model.

We recently saw the 2012 CR-V debut as a concept in Orange County, and the production version will travel a little east to debut at the LA Auto Show. We don't expect it to change very much (though we'd love to see it lose that awkwardly massive cabin). Honda redesigned the body of the CR-V with an upward-angled front-end, wraparound taillights and new headlights. The car will feature a more efficient engine lineup, which we should hear all about in LA.

The LA Auto Show opens to the media on November 16 and to the public on the 18th. It will include 17+ world premieres.

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