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Old 10-03-2000, 01:50 PM   #1
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Post About those round headlights ...

I spent a good bit of my trip to Italy looking at cars.

If you think the new Impreza's round beamers are a spinoff of a Neon, you're wrong.

Just about every new Japanese car was sporting round healdlights. Have you seen the Eurospec Corolla? (I saw two models we don't get here - a hatchback and a new Alltrac wagon)

But the Impreza is significantly less hideous than some of the things I saw on the road in Italy. And some interesting things that I am surprised we don't have here, like the Honda HR-V, which looks a lot like a Volvo V70XC fully elevated (except also in 2dr form) and a spoiler the full length of the roofline (kinda weird, kinda cool).

ps you can see it here http://www.4wdonline.com/Honda/HRV.html

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Old 10-03-2000, 02:07 PM   #2
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HR-V's are cool. Much better looking than the CRV's we have here.

What I really like are the new RAV4's. They are SOoooooooo nice looking. I am not sure when they are going to have them here in the US, but they already have them in Russia.

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Old 10-03-2000, 03:33 PM   #3
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Hey Mr. Imprezident, you like them too. Good news they have already arrived. A dealership near my work got them in yesterday. Pretty cool looking for a Rav4.
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Old 10-03-2000, 03:53 PM   #4
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I like that new Rav4. Way nicer than anything else in its class. Is it 147 HP?

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Old 10-03-2000, 07:59 PM   #5
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Speaking of cars...
I was poking around Honda of Japans web site and they are manufacturing a Japan only wagon to replace the accord wagon (was released JAN 00 on the current accord platform). Now that was not such a big deal until i saw that it was AWD!!!!!

Can you believe it? Everybody is tryin' to get into the act!!!!

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Old 10-03-2000, 08:32 PM   #6
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Actually most cars in Japan come with awd. Even the lowly Civic has awd. Remember...in North America we get shafted in our selection of cars.
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Old 10-03-2000, 08:44 PM   #7
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Does the US ever get shafted in the AWD car department!! The worst part is that the US companies also ignore us. Hopefully though, with Subaru bringing in a turbo Imp, the rest of the car world will follow, and in 5 years almost every car will have an AWD option. (I really really hope.) I'd still buy the new SVX, at least if it really does have the 280 hp 2.0 liter engine.
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Old 10-04-2000, 07:23 AM   #8
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I dunno that we really get shafted. AWD vehicles are more expensive, heavier, and less fuel efficient. We pay for it.

Some of the stuff we don't get is just as well - hideous stuff.

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Old 10-04-2000, 07:43 AM   #9
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Even Hyundai now make an awd wagon for sale in the US. 10 100,000 mile warrenty or not I still wouldn't buy a Hyundai

This is a prototype photo. I saw an ad for the production model in the latest issue of MT.


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Old 10-04-2000, 08:53 AM   #10
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Eeeyeww!

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Old 10-04-2000, 08:57 AM   #11
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More round headlights:

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Old 10-04-2000, 11:01 AM   #12
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You shouldn't be surprised that we DON'T have the Honda HRV here in the States.

That sucker is puuuuuuny! No American in his right mind would spend money on something that small! Don't get me wrong, because I love small cars, but this is a MICRO-SUV... car-based, albeit. Perfect for Japan, but pointless for America.
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Old 10-04-2000, 11:22 AM   #13
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The HR-V is bigger than the CR-V. It's more like the Range Rover Freelander.
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Old 10-04-2000, 04:37 PM   #14
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'Fraid not - the HR-V comes in 3 and 5 door, and has a 1.6 l ~110 bhp motor with an optional rubber-band auto transmission. The CR-V is a 2.0 l with 147 bhp - and a fair bit bigger all round (have a look at Honda's UK site or something). The HR-V is supposed to be a jacked-up Civic for those that don't need the size of an SUV but still like to appear rugged and sporty - a good idea, I think. Better than a lumbering Explorer or whatever. It also comes in 2wd, as a nod to those who will never leave the tarmac.

Sure, it's puny if you will accept nothing less than a V8, but it's as relevant to the States as, say, the Civic. Which sells quite a lot, as far as I can tell. Doesn't have round headlights though (well it does, but they're under covers).

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Old 10-04-2000, 07:59 PM   #15
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When I was back home in MI a couple months ago I was at Nicholson's motorcycle dealer in Ann Arbor (my college town) and I saw an HR-V in the parking lot. It's definately smaller than a CR-V but much cooler. It's very squat in shape. Some guy asked me if it was mine...reluctantly I had to answer "no"

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Old 10-05-2000, 08:46 AM   #16
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yup, Imprezer. I really like the looks of the new RAV4 too. The front end looks "upscale."
 
 

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