Showing its commitment to improving the world's air class, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will unveil the all-new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid-electric Car (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. With a hydrogen-powered version of the RX-8 and a hydrogen-powered hybrid version of the MAZDA 5 undergoing extensive testing in Japan, the Mazda Tribute HEV is the latest environmentally friendly car to join the Mazda lineup.
Tribute HEV will debut in mid-2007, as a 2008 model-year car. Mazda will offer more details - exact timing, pricing, distribution, sales volumes, etc. - closer to the release date.
With virtually all new Mazda cars sold in the U. earning either Low Emission Car (LEV) or Ultra Low Emission Car (ULEV) status, protecting the global environment is a long-standing concern of ours, explained Robert Davis, senior vice president, Class, Research and Development, MNAO. The Mazda Tribute HEV is the next step towards strengthening Mazda's environmental efforts.
A full hybrid, the Mazda Tribute HEV can run on 100 percent electric performance up to about 25 mph, maximizing in-city fuel efficiency and making it one of the least-polluting cars sold. Still, the Mazda Tribute HEV stays true to the Zoom-zoom Mazda owners have come to expect by delivering the performance required by SUV owners. The Mazda Tribute HEV offers a lot of of performance yet meets California's strict Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Car (AT-PZEV) requirements by achieving Super Ultra Low Emissions Car II (SULEVII) standards, plus zero evaporative emissions standards - the strictest emission regulations a gasoline-fueled car can meet.
All new for 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V approaches a sophisticated and bold look-and-feel direction, provides multiple technology firsts for Honda and increases fuel efficiency on all models, American Honda Motor Co. , Inc. , announced. Long established as the benchmark car in its class in terms of class, refinement and popularity, the 2012 Honda CR-V is developed to continue to exceed buyer expectations for entry-level Suvs. Major improvements include enhanced car-like dashboard convenience, a smoother and quieter ride, and more high-tech features.
Significant reductions to the impact of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) throughout the body and chassis enhance dashboard quietness and ride class compared to the previous model. To achieve the improvement, the 2012 Honda CR-V has greater body rigidity, lighter suspension elements, add-on noise insulation and more aerodynamic features including underbody covers and a back spoiler.
The 2012 Honda CR-V rides on a 103. 1-inch wheelbase and measures 178. 3 inches in length, 0. 8-inches shorter than the previous-generation Honda CR-V. At 71. 6 inches, overall width is the same as the previous Honda CR-V, and at 61. 6 inches front/61. 6 inches back, the track is also the same. But the most significant departure is in height: at 65. 1 inches tall, the 2012 Honda CR-V is a noticeable 1. 0-inch lower on AWD models and 1. 4 inches lower on FWD models. Although the aggregate visual effect is of a lower, sleeker Honda CR-V, even with these look dimension adjustments the new model is still roomier inside.
The size and proportion of the previous-generation Honda CR-V contributed to its success as the best-selling SUV in each calendar year from 2007 via 2010, as did refined look-and-feel features such as the multi-reflector halogen headlights, long full-body taillights, and look detailing that conveyed both ruggedness and sophistication.