New cars from Honda and Opel

The 2012 CR-V Concept indicates the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation, U.S.-market production model set to debut in late 2011. The all-new CR-V will offer an added dimension of style, improved fuel economy, amazing interior versatility and Honda's latest technologies for convenience and refinement.
I know we are still in the midst of a global financial crisis. There is it seems however light on the horizon!

I know we are still in the midst of a global financial crisis. There is it seems however light on the horizon!

OK I know globally we are officially in recession, but believe it or not there is also plenty of positive news out there.

A glance at the recent very successful Frankfurt Motor Show would seem to suggest that cars look like they are here to stay, motor manufacturers are doing their bit and more for the environment and judging by the crowds, people are still interested in buying cars.

Interestingly almost every single manufacturer had on display an environmentally friendly model that was either already in production or was soon going to be. From hydrogen power, to electric vehicles, hybrids, to zero emission cars. It really was inspiring to see the huge effort this industry, so easily slated by the tree hugging brigade, puts into this area. Cars now are cleaner, safer and better built than ever before. And it all is not just about what comes out of the exhaust, non toxic materials used in production, huge recyclability of parts and environment conscious disposal of oils and old parts are all part of the programme.

The Frankfurt Motor Show was a real ray of light, demonstrating just how well the motor industry has responded to the changing needs of the worlds motorists.

So here at home we are now seeing some of those models on our shores.

Honda have just last week launched a new 2 wheel drive version of the lovely CRV, but powered now by the smaller 1.6 i DTEC diesel already seen in the new Civic.

The new CRV has up to 1,669 litres of luggage capacity available. Standard equipment on all models includes Dual-zone climate control, 17” Alloy wheels, Cruise control, One-motion folding rear seats, Idle Stop, Remote audio controls, Electric front and rear windows, Alarm, USB Connectivity and Daytime running lights. The CR-V ES grade is priced from €33,995 and offers additional equipment such as Reversing camera, Front & rear parking sensors, Bluetooth HFT, Front fog lights, Auto lights & wipers, Leather steering wheel and Electrically folding mirrors. The CR-V ES Sport grade tops the range from €37,495, and is luxuriously equipped with the addition of Alcantara & leather seats, Bi-HID headlights, 18”Alloy wheels, Roof rails, Privacy glass, Heated front seats, Premium audio system with subwoofer, Active cornering lights, HSS High-beam support system and DAB Radio.

I will have a full road test of the new 1.6 iDTEC CRv in the coming weeks.

Opel have just launched their new Insignia from just €24,995.

The new 2 litre turbo diesel engine, which replaces the 130PS variant, sees the power increases from 130PS to 140PS, the fuel consumption fall to an incredible 3.7l/100km and CO2 emissions drop to 99g/km, making it the most efficient engine in its class. An all-new generation 1.6 Turbo 170PS petrol engine, with just 139g/km CO2 is added to complete the petrol line-up with the already established 1.4 Turbo 140PS petrol unit.

The New Insignia gets a new lower, wider front grille, reshaped headlights and new chrome decals in the lower front bumper. Front Fog lights change from a square shape to round, projector-style units.

A full road test of the new Insignia will follow.

Until then happy shopping.