It seems like the Honda Vezel will leave its nameplate to be used in its home country only, if the latest reports – indicating that Honda will resurrect the HR-V name for the US version of the B-segment crossover – prove to be correct.
According to those reports, Honda has filed for a trademark for the name at the US Patent and Trademark Office and has already shown the vehicle to their American dealers. The car is expected to be built at the Celaya plant in Mexico that also assembles the US-market Fit (Honda Jazz to us) on which it is based.
The original distinctively-styled HR-V (Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle) debuted in 1999 as one of the first small crossovers to hit the market, being based on the Honda Logo (predecessor of the original Jazz). It was available with a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine producing 105 PS, or 125 PS with the company’s VTEC variable-valve timing technology.
What about us? The local B-segment crossover marketplace is heating up, with the Peugeot 2008 already here and the Ford EcoSport on its way, so Honda could very well be next to follow suit. In that case, which badge would you want the car to have on its rump – Vezel, or HR-V?