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Honda to focus on wrecked HR-V at Big Apple auto show

  • Crash-tested Honda HR-V for show in Big Apple
  • Honda to highlight commitment to crash protections
  • 2019 HR-V ione of seven Hondas among top safety rating

NEW YORK – Honda will , at the 2019 New York auto show, be displaying a 2019 HR-V that was recently crash-tested by the US’ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

”The emotional displaying of trashed HR-V,” Honda says, ”will  showcase what a vehicle endures in a crash – and what it looks like afterwards – emphasise its structural strength and crash-bag inflations.”


Henio Arcangeli, a Honda America vice-president for sales, explained in a media release: “Safety ‘(The Corner prefers ‘survival’, but that’s just us) performance is a factor when buying a car, regardless of size or price. We wanted to display how well our entry-level Honda HR-V performed in one of the world’s most stringent collision tests.’

“By having a crashed HR-V on display at New York the  media and potential buyers can see first-hand how the HR-V performed in the test – with dramatic, real-world visuals to showcase our safety-rating leadership and our commitment to ‘Safety for Everyone’.”


The 2019 HR-V sub-compact crossover equipped with Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) shell has, the automaker told us, earned the highest available rating of “Good” in all six IIHS crash tests and been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with Honda’s Sensing technology and certain headlights.

”The shell,” Honda says, ”was designed to absorb the violence of a crash and so reduce the likelihood of injury to vehicle occupants. Every 2019 HR-V has “Good” ratings for driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and “Superior” for front crash prevention when equipped with available Honda Sensing.”

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The HR-V for display was crash- tested in the IIHS driver’s side small overlap front test – one designed to replicate what happens when the front left of a vehicle (opposite with RHD) collides with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree or utility pole.

”This crash test,” Honda adds, ”is a challenge for some seat restraints and crash-bag designs because occupants move both forward and toward the side of the vehicle.

The Honda was travelling at 65km/h when it collided with a rigid 1.5ml barrier.

Honda has seven 2019 model-year vehicles – Insight, Accord1, HR-V2, CR-V2, Pilot2, Odyssey2 and Ridgeline2. Each earned a ‘Top Safety Pick’ or ‘Top Safety Pick+ IIHS rating. Every one of the 11 2019 model-year Hondas has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score,


Every Honda (in the US, at least) has Honda’s Sensing suite of advanced protection and driver-assistance systems and more than 80% of 2019 model-year Honda vehicles sold in the US has the potentially life-saving technology.

That includes auto braking, front collision warning, lane/road-departure alert and lane-keeping and adaptive (fixed distance from vehicle ahead) adaptive cruise-control.

  • The 2019 New York International Auto Show will be open to the public from April 19 – April 28 at the city’s convention centre. While the crash-tested vehicle will be a draw also on show will be  Civic, Accord and CR-V units as well as the all-new Passport SUV.

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