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Honda goes on stage at 9:30am on Thursday 2/12. There are no other major car shows until NY in April. If they want to make some noise we'll here on the 12th. Otherwise, it will be either a quiet press release or a wait until April.
 

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With how much we have seen of it already I think there's good chance they'll let people in it. Nothing really special happening at this stage
 

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10 days away.


Will it be the Detroit car or the LA car?


I have a hard time getting excited about this show because it won't be anything new for us.... unless things are all set in Mexico. In that case, there will be something concrete to tell us there.
 

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I saw the HR-V at the Montreal auto show, I didn't bother to take pics. I by far preferred the Mazda CX-3 which was at the show as well.
 

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I saw the HR-V at the Montreal auto show, I didn't bother to take pics. I by far preferred the Mazda CX-3 which was at the show as well.

Did you take any pictures of the CX-3? I am sure there are people here who would love to see them for comparison.
 

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Did you take any pictures of the CX-3? I am sure there are people here who would love to see them for comparison.
I did take pics, but nothing worthy of comparison as the car was on a rotating platform and up and away from people. It was the same white Japanese model often seen on the internet.
 

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I saw the HR-V at the Montreal auto show, I didn't bother to take pics. I by far preferred the Mazda CX-3 which was at the show as well.
Why do you prefer the Mazda? The 2 cars I am considering at this point are the CX-3 and the HRV. Started to make my list of pros and cons for each vehicle:

Mazda made in Japan, Honda made in Mexico MAZDA WINS

Mazda has a nice automatic transmission, Honda has CVT MAZDA WINS

Honda carries more cargo, Mazda can't hold that much HONDA WINS

Honda is more practical, Mazda is sportier/ higher performance IT'S A TIE

Honda is a bigger company with established track record, Mazda is a smaller company that I don't know much about HONDA WINS

Honda's are usually reliable, quality vehicles, I know little about Mazda quality or reliability HONDA WINS

Honda is kind of boring looking compared to the Mazda MAZDA WINS
 

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I feel obligated to change one item above. I hope I don't offend anyone. Just a factual correction.

Honda does NOT win in the quality race. Google "honda quality issues" on the automotive news Web and you'll see that Honda has suffered worldwide quality issues for the last decade, and the problems accelerated to the point at which the Honda CEO called for a worldwide refocus on quality a month or so ago. Probably the low point was delivering Fits to the dealers last year, then pulling them all back to the factory because of quality problems. Then delaying the launch for three months while they tried to work out issues at the Mexico plant. Then the Mexicans started stealing parts off of the Fits on trains as they traveled through Mexico to the US border (I'm not making that up). So the Fits showed up at the dealerships without catalytic converters and the like. That, by the way, is the same plant that will be building America-bound HRVs.

I have owned four Mazdas (including two miatas) and three Hondas (CRV and CRX). Every single Mazda was completely bulletproof. I'll take (current) Mazda quality over Honda any day of the year. They were on par twenty years ago. Definitely not the case today. I will credit Honda for finally recognizing the decay in quality and launching an initiative to improve. They care. They just have a ways to go to get back to where they belong.
 

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I feel obligated to change one item above. I hope I don't offend anyone. Just a factual correction.

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I have owned four Mazdas (including two miatas) and three Hondas (CRV and CRX). Every single Mazda was completely bulletproof. I'll take (current) Mazda quality over Honda any day of the year. They were on par twenty years ago. Definitely not the case today. I will credit Honda for finally recognizing the decay in quality and launching an initiative to improve. They care. They just have a ways to go to get back to where they belong.
Matsuda, Hiroshima, Kure Bay, Torii Miyajima ... ichiban ... but I think the CX-3 design is all style, with little utility. For me, it's one of the few cars that looks better in the pictures than in-person.

Style-wise I prefer the Nissan Kicks, which may portend the who-knows-when next generation Juke ... so coupled with Nissan's quality issues, we're 90% going with the HR-V
 

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Matsuda, Hiroshima, Kure Bay, Torii Miyajima ... ichiban ... but I think the CX-3 design is all style, with little utility. For me, it's one of the few cars that looks better in the pictures than in-person.
Yeah, I'm kinda torn between practicality/ utility versus style. While I desire a vehicle with sportier performance and looks, my photography job requires hauling around a lot of equipment at times. Not sure yet if the CX-3 is up to the task.
 
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