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Hi everyone! I just thought I'd share with you how the Japanese name of the HR-V is pronounced since I've seen it dubbed the "Weasel" on quite a few auto blogs. Having lived in Japan and can speak some Japanese I can attest that it absolutely does not rhyme with weasel.

The name Vezel was coined from the words vehicle + bezel. And it is pronounced roughly between "bezel" and how most Americans pronounce "basil" (the "a" as in "bake" not "back"). Since there is no "v" sound in Japanese it is approximated with a "b" sound by Japanese though it would be proper for a foreigner to correctly pronounce the V. So in short it would in English be best pronounced as VAY-zuhl.
 

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For those who don't know (I didn't) the word 'bezel' means "a grooved ring holding the glass or plastic cover of a watch face or other instrument in position."

Not really sure why that has anything to do with the Vezel though.
 

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For those who don't know (I didn't) the word 'bezel' means "a grooved ring holding the glass or plastic cover of a watch face or other instrument in position."

Not really sure why that has anything to do with the Vezel though.
It can also mean "the face of a cut gem". According to Honda's FAQ the name was meant to express "a car that has multi-faceted appeal and value" that like a gemstone can change depending on the angle it is viewed. Gotta love how Japanese name things! Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle anyone? :D
 
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