Scrapyard Gem: 2007 Honda FR-V


The 2000s had been a golden decade for “lengthy hatchback” MPVs in Europe, and the excellent news for Japanese producers was that that they had loads of home-market-optimized autos designed for area effectivity that might compete with comparable May have been delivered to do. Renault Modus, Citroën Xsara Picasso and Hyundai Matrix. From my latest journey to the scrapyards of Northern England, right here's a discarded instance of a flexible Honda we've by no means seen in North America: the FR-V.

What makes this automobile stand out is its attention-grabbing seating association. There’s a row of three seats within the again…

And another Row of three seats in entrance! Six-passenger setups was frequent in giant, bench-seat-equipped Detroit sedans 50 years in the past, however doing it in a small automobile that shares its platform with the Civic and CR-V is a troublesome engineering problem. The unusual trying Fiat Multipla of the identical period additionally had an analogous seating association.

The underside of the center entrance seat hinges ahead to kind a middle console.

The rear seats fold all the way down to create extra cargo area, which is respectable even with the seats in use.

In Japan this automobile was often known as Addix. It was produced between the 2004 to 2011 mannequin years.

Not dangerous trying, however definitely not the scale of the vehicles that quickly took over the world.

Within the UK, the 2007 FR-V was accessible with a selection of 1.8-litre petrol engine or 2.2-litre turbodiesel. It has an oil-burner, rated at 138 horsepower and 251 pound-feet.

Sticking to the sprint is the six-speed handbook gearshift harking back to the setup within the outdated Honda N600. There's no room for a flooring shifter with that center seat, and column-shift manuals went out of fashion by the 2000s, so this placement made sense.

The JDM TV commercials are good and loopy.

Sid the Rectangle Canine offers the FR-V a three-bones score.

Beanie burgers throughout and champagne buckets to share, Sid the Rectangular Canine is getting cucumbers.

High Gear reported the cancellation of this automobile.

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