Report – Honda trademarks ‘HR-V’ in the US for the Vezel

Posted on: Mar 10, 2014 - 4:04pm IST

As we had reported earlier, the Honda Vezel will make it to the US under a different name. It could be called the Honda ‘HR-V’ as Autoguide reports that Honda has filed a trademark for that particular name in the US.

Honda Vezel Launched profile
Honda has trademarked the name ‘HR-V’ in the US, most certainly for the Honda Vezel.

For USA, the crossover would be manufactured at Honda’s new plant in Mexico, which has an installed capacity of 200,000 units per annum. According to the company, the Vezel will account for more than half the production. Honda had also previously confirmed that the American version would be powered by the all-new VTEC turbo engines.

The VTEC turbo engines were unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in 1.0-liter 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder layouts.

Honda 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine
The Vezel in the US could be powered by Honda’s all-new 1.5-liter VTEC turbocharged petrol engine.

The compact crossover will also make its way into Europe soon, where it will compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Chevrolet Trax.

The Vezel was launched in Japan last December and was an immediate success, garnering around 25,000 bookings in 24 days. Honda sells the Vezel in Japan in three variants. There’s the Vezel X, which is a petrol only variant, the Vezel Hybrid XL, a four wheel drive hybrid model, and the Vezel Hybrid X, a front-wheel drive variant.

Honda Vezel Launched boot
The Honda Vezel is extremely popular in Japan where it got almost 25,000 bookings in its first 24 days.

The Vezel X is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, while the XL and hybrid X variants get an electric motor to assist this engine along with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

[Source – Autoguide]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Honda trademarks ‘HR-V’ in the US for the Vezel

  1. Emerson says:

    I’ve been following this concept car since Day 1 because I like the looks and the new technology sounded great. I doubt anything will get over 40 mpg as first stated. I’d love to know an estimate of when it might come to the US and when it will appear anywhere else so I can read reviews.

    My biggest question is if anyone has seen the car in person. Does it look like a SUV or a tall hatchback? I’d like a small SUV. If the HR-V has the same size-shifting weirdness (some days it looks bigger, other days smaller) as the Juke I might pass.

  2. js singh says:

    iam also very keen to know about honda vezel. i want to book vezel at earliest, but still in dark as there is no official anouncement is being made by Honda. like me many persons who trust in honda and actual buyer, is being compel to think about other brands. iam 100 percent agree with the statement of mr dinesh shekher, honda should make a anouncement about vezel at eariest to avoid loosing herat of honda custmer and well wishers.

  3. dinesh shekhar says:

    Hi Karthik, Is it possible to write to the Honga senior folks directly? One can understand, the Honda folks think aimlessly for this supersonic product launch. If they can find success in Japan and even plan for Europe, they forget the boundless opportunities of India. The Indian mass market and the renewed taste of smaller SUVs of Indians in general are something none of the major car producers should ignore. The success of duster/terrano is an able example. Yes, it is a new India – we would want new products. The price point – for a finetuned Honda product of this sort, we are willing to pay a decent premium to the duster/terrano – may be to the tune of Innova’s price levels. Honda, give us this world class product – we will never make you feel sorry for the decision !!

  4. Rajiv says:

    sad its not coming to India ….

  5. MANISH says:

    HI Kartik,

    I want to know when honda vezel will launch in india. Please give confirm news.


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