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Honda takes wraps off of 2012 Honda CR-V Concept at auto show in Cali

The 2012 CR-V Concept was unveiled by Honda at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, Calif., today, ushering in the future look of Honda's styling taste via the fourth-generation CR-V.

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The 2012 model will be in showrooms by Christmas after making its official debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept remains on display in Orange County through the weekend.

"The 2012 CR-V Concept strongly hints at the more dynamic and refined look of the upcoming model," John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda, said this morning.

"As the best-selling SUV in each of the past four years, the 2012 CR-V promises to build on its highly successful formula with even more style, innovative features and higher fuel economy."

The CR-V Concept embraces a bold new look for America's best-selling sport-utility vehicle.

The concept has better aerodynamics and a more aggressive stance than the 2011 CR-V in showrooms right now, and a bolder fascia.

The CR-V's signature vertical rear taillights remain for 2012 with a 3D style that in Honda's words "wrap further into the design of the vehicle." The CR-V Concept's cool factor comes from its 5-spoke machined alloy wheels.

The all-new 2012 CR-V will have a new look inside and out, a more fuel-efficient engine and will be lighter.

Honda's big sell is the CR'V's solid track record.

The current CR-V continues to sell at a record pace and quality of one of the reasons. The 2011 CR-V was among the highest-ranked vehicles in its segment for initial quality in J.D. Power & Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study and has been sold globally in more than 160 countries.

The CR-V is manufactured in Ohio at the East Liberty Auto Plant of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. The plant earned a Silver Award for outstanding quality in the quality study.

The 2012 CR-V Concept will be at the Orange County International Auto Show from September 22 to 25 in the Honda display.

You can reach TN's Hawke Fracassa at [email protected] or (248) 747-1550. Or follow him on Twitter @HawkeFracassa.

Image source: American Honda

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