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Well, as we keep waiting here in the U.S. for news on the HR-V it turns out the Australians will be getting it this upcoming February with the 1.8L engine. Perhaps we can get some early road-test reviews in English from the Australian car review sites once they get their hands on them.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/317295/honda-hr-v-locked-in-for-february-launch/

http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/honda-hrv-details-revealed-20141103-11fzc4.html

Note: Many more news articles can be found posted in the last 24 hours on the same press release, they all seem to say just about the same thing so I just posted the first two that I saw.
 

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Oh, and it looks like the HR-V will Australia will offer "autonomous emergency braking". I don't think I've seen this feature in other press releases.
 

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that's also something i haven't seen mentioned for this when it comes to the american market which has me thinking that maybe they're going to debut it in austrailia which i hope isn't the case, americans also need this.
 

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If I'm right, Aus version's 1.8L engine seems is the R18A1 engine current civic has. This engine's performance is decent and known for its good low end torque, but almost 10 years old already. I wish at least we can get some new tech, I mean earth dream ones.
By the way, will Aus HRV be produced in mexico? or they may import from china, where they currently have 1.8 L vezel.
 

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The good side to having such an old engine still being used is that throughout that 10 year span, it's 10 years of issues being massaged out, which is something that makes me feel better.
 

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Oh, and it looks like the HR-V will Australia will offer "autonomous emergency braking". I don't think I've seen this feature in other press releases.
Does this break for you if sensors detect something n front of the car? How does it tell if it should engage?
 

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I know Subaru uses cameras to calculate your speed and the speed of the vehicle or object in front of you. If it detects that your going to hit the car in front of you, it engages the brake. HOWEVER......these systems are not fool proof by any means and it might slow you down a fraction of a second before you hit the brake yourself, but that might not be enough to stop a collision. Other companies use radar to do the same thing.

Top Gear U.K. demonstrated this when they test drove an CX-5 that would brake for a person, but wouldn't for a car (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF0AcyMFtMA)...I think the angles they took had a big part in why this result happened.

Here's a Mercedes doing it right....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSWEzwLgfec
 

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It seems like a pretty advanced technology to have on the HR-V which is a more down market kind of vehicle. I'm glad safety features are making their way down to the lower end of the market though.
 
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