AD #1965 – Honda Unveils All-New CR-V, Top Selling Luxury Brands in the U.S., BMW Reveals New 5 Series

October 13th, 2016 at 11:41am

Runtime: 6:52

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- ChargePoint Files Suit Over VW Settlement
- Top Selling Luxury Brands in the U.S.
- BMW Reveals New 5 Series
- Honda Unveils All-New CR-V
- Chevy Offers Diesel with New Cruze Hatchback
- Cadillac Opens Unique Exhibit

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15 Comments to “AD #1965 – Honda Unveils All-New CR-V, Top Selling Luxury Brands in the U.S., BMW Reveals New 5 Series”

  1. Drew Says:

    I didn’t care for the styling of the last couple of generations of Honda CRVs, but this new one looks very intriguing.

    And the present BMW 5-Series is soooooo much better looking the the Bangle-Bungle of a couple of generations ago (which looked more like a Peugeot than a BMW).

  2. Jesse Says:

    I sell Honda cars after selling Hyundai for 15 years. I will say they are a reliable stick to the formula that works kind of car and car company. I will also say they build the most boring cars in the universe with the exception of the all new CIVIC. That’s not a put down, it’s an observation from a guy who worked for a company that wasn’t afraid to go out on a limb with new stuff or be the first to do something. Honda should break out of their shell and live a little.. they’ll probably sell more cars in the process! I say all this to say that new CR-V looks more or less like the old one… or like a SUBARU. So in my eyes they dropped the ball.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like the VW scandal hasn’t hurt Audi, with their having the best performance vs. last year of the “luxury” brands.

    Probably Lexus’s negative number would be positive, but for those ugly noses, and Cadillac’s negative would be positive, but for CUE.

    IMHO, or course.

  4. BobD Says:

    If you are intrigued by the Cadillac robotic art, you might also want to check out It is an annual competition for universities and others to show what robots can do art-wise.

  5. Fred Says:

    I wonder if this new CR-V will have the idle vibration issue of the current model. They have never fixed/solved this issue as far as I know. That issue kept me from buying one. I test drove two and they both had the vibration.

  6. Jon M Says:

    So the CR-V gets a turbocharged 1.5L engine. I thought for sure that would go in a refreshed/updated HR-V. What a badly needed upgrade that would have been. As it is, the HR-V feels like it’s standing still at WOT. Oh well, the new CR-V looks better even if it is only a cautious, mild refresh. And since it now comes with a hands-free tailgate, which I promise you will only be available on the Touring trim level, perhaps the push button tailgate will now move down a trim level or two.

  7. C-TECH Says:

    I am really hoping the Cruze hatchback and Diesel engine versions sell well. Perhaps it will encourage more variety of models from GM and others. This is from a guy who loved the design of the original Chevy Citation hatch (too bad it was not more reliable).

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 The Cruze hatch is actually showing up at dealers. I saw one at the Kokomo, Indiana dealer about a week ago. It looked pretty nice, but I didn’t check out the cargo area to see how flat the seats fold, etc.

    If it is actually available with the diesel/manual power train, that will be cool. I hope it sells well enough that they keep offering it. An overnight doubling of gas prices would help sell such cars. Otherwise, I’d be surprised if it sold very well, in today’s American truck-centric market.

  9. RumNCoke Says:

    How are Lincoln’s sales numbers trending? I can’t help but feel that, as long as people perceive Lincolns as badge engineered Fords, sales might not see any big increases.

  10. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Rum – Lincoln sales are 80,435 this year, up 8.7%. That increase is driven by the MKX, which is up nearly 50% so far this year.

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    I should have said driven solely by the MKX. It’s the only Lincoln vehicle who’s sales are up for the year.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d think the Continental should help Lincoln, even though it is, basically, a stretched Fusion. It looks good in the photos, and if it is quiet and rides well, it should appeal to the intended market.

  13. Albemarle Says:

    I don’t see why Chargepoint has their girdle in a knot over VW. Chargepoint doesn’t own any charging stations, just acts like AirBnB for them. VW has said they don’t want to run a charging system.
    So why not just contract to operate this new opportunity?

  14. Bob Wilson Says:

    The ChargePoint suit is without merit because they have totally failed to install a viable network along the Interstates. I know because I drove 700 miles from Huntsville AL to Stillwater OK and never saw anything but a useless, low capacity L2 charger along the way. Let VW make the Interstate chargers that work for ALL electric cars … not just Nissan or Tesla or BMW/VW.

    Now every city has dozens to hundreds to thousands of shopping centers that need ChargePoint L2 chargers. This is 2-3 orders of magnitude, 100-1000 more business opportunities than Interstate chargers that they have totally failed to cover. Then there are 4-5 orders of magnitude, 10,000-100,000 more homes that want and need L2 chargers.

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ as I have no problem with filing a ‘friend of the court’ statement that ChargePoint has failed in the Interstate market so let VW do that one. ChargePoint has a fine business model in handling the urban needs that dwarf Interstate chargers.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL

  15. Roger T Says:

    Bob, I disagree. People will be soon migrating to >200 mile electric cars as only family car and will rely on charge points along highways. With such vehicles urban charging points at malls aren’t needed.