Agreed. Not only does the swoopy design compromise space, but all the other crossover/small suv's start to look the same. And there is certainly no space for a spare if you want one in the HR-V.The HR-V is a Honda, but IMO it also suffers from some of the same design trends that are seen in other small CUVs, namely that it tries too hard not to be a box in order to look "styled", especially in the back. I see this mostly in Asian CUVs, though there are some Euro ones that do it too (I'm looking at you, Audi Q3). I'm sure others notice this?--the swoopy back deck, angled toward the front as it curves up to the roof. Sure it looks stylish, but in a class of vehicle size where usable space isn't going to be all that great to begin with, why make it worse by cutting off potential space because of the rear deck profile? And yes, the rear seat config in the HR-V is unique and innovative, but you can only do so much with the dimensions the sheet metal and glass give you.
The Renegade is going to be criticized by some for its styling, of course. But at least it makes reasonable use of the room that's available with its wheelbase, simply because it's an honest box on wheels. And in AWD, I absolutely didn't want a CVT--the available 1.4t/6 speed manual option for the Renegade is pretty unique for this class of vehicle and was an important factor in our choice.
I buy nothing Chinese I can avoid. I only buy products made in countries whose human rights and environmental standards meet my approval. I have many Chinese friends and I hear how the people are made to work long hours for low pay. Every time I go to buy something made in China I think about the poor workers being forced to work long hours making those things for me to buy so don't buy it.HR-V has 2 variants in China, Dongfeng Honda XR-V and Guangzhou Honda Vezel.
XR-V is the #3 best selling small SUV in China in the first half of 2016, while Vezel is #4. However they are too small.
Renegede is #34. Whatever.
The renegades that are being made in china are being sold in china, exclusively.
THIS IS ALL JUST PLAIN ECONOMICS 101The renegades that are being made in china are being sold in china, exclusively.
Due to the high import fees they ask permission to set up factory's there to make the price lower for the Chinese consumer.
I don't see the issue?
lmao with Chinese numbers you don't think they would have caught up by themselves? Yeah maybe it would have taken longer but for some reason do you think Americans are smarter or have extremely more advanced technology than them? China has actually been leading in technology for a while and a lot of the advances in our day to day tech that you probably don't even know.THIS IS ALL JUST PLAIN ECONOMICS 101
The issue started with Nixon when he set this up with china. This works great for china because you cannot sell product in china unless you take a Chinese company as a partner then that partner manufactures the product to be sold in china. The result for all you non rocket scientists that don't understand what buying Chinese means is that not only are US dollars going to china US technology is also going to china and we are teaching them how to use that technology so its no wonder they are now the world leader. WE GAVE IT ALL TO THEM and it needs to stop. Nixon was hailed a great man for opening the door to china when in fact he was simply transferring US technology and dollars to china a policy which continues to this day.
Now if you think that doesn't hurt you likely won't feel your dollars purchasing power from your paycheck get smaller and smaller until they reach the 2-300 dollars per month value of current Chinese worker paychecks. At that point you may realize you've been taken but it will be to late to do anything about it.
:ReneBlueWave:lmao with Chinese numbers you don't think they would have caught up by themselves? Yeah maybe it would have taken longer but for some reason do you think Americans are smarter or have extremely more advanced technology than them? China has actually been leading in technology for a while and a lot of the advances in our day to day tech that you probably don't even know.
Back to this job stuff, I'm an drafter in Canada so I'm afraid my pay cheque wont be getting smaller and smaller. And this vehicle BTW is NOT american made. its made it Italy. which means *spoiler alert* the money doesn't go from Italy to America it get put into workers salaries, and profits go to FCA who is Fiat Chrysler Automotives which as you probably don't know is a Italian-controlled Dutch multinational corporation.
also, american $$ are going to china because manufacturers in America use Chinese factory's to make their products. Does this money stay in China? Yes some of it. The cost to make the product. The Profits, go to the American company.
So if you wanted to buy American WHY did you choose FCA and the Renegade? A lot of FCA Factories are in the USA but the owners are Italian so the profits goes there. Similar to the American/ China relationship.