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One day, Honda for­got to read the wash­ing in­struc­tions on its CR-V SUV and set the tem­per­a­ture to 90°C. When they opened the door, the Honda HR-V came out. It was the same car as the pop­u­lar CR-V, only smaller.

Well, not en­tirely. Think more Tay­lor Swift than Bey­oncé. The new HR-V ap­pears youth­ful and stream­lined, and should ap­peal to a younger au­di­ence.

Yet Honda made the de­ci­sion to sell only au­to­matic ver­sions, so you can’t have a man­ual. The com­pany says this de­ci­sion was in­flu­enced by buyer pat­terns. It ap­pears most driv­ers aren’t in­ter­ested in do­ing the shift­ing any more. It cer­tainly makes sense for those with a daily dose of heavy com­mut­ing.

The HR-V uses a so-called CVT au­to­matic


AUTO MATE Honda has said good­bye to the gear lever in favour of au­to­matic-only ver­sions of the new HR-V

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