LA Auto Show Live: Honda CR-V and Fit-EV image

At the 2011 LA Auto Show, Honda unveiled the redesigned 2012 CR-V SUV and the 2013 Fit EV production vehicle.

Honda’s new CR-V will still be in showrooms next month, despite concerns about parts shortages caused by flooding in Thailand, plant officials said Tuesday. Honda has trimmed some pounds, added some power and finely tuned every aspect of the CR-V.

The 2012 model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque — modest increases from 180-hp and 161 lb-ft on the 2011 CR-V. The 2.4-liter is mated still to a five-speed automatic transmission – so no six or seven speed automatic here.

The interior is typical Honda. The redesigned dash, which emphasizes the CR-V’s width, does feature a lot of plastic, but it is rich and nicely textured. [read more about the 2012 Honda CR-V]

In addition, Honda showed off the production version of its Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Fit EV is something of a parts-bin special, which makes sense when you consider Honda has a long track record with hydrogen and hybrid vehicles.

The Honda Fit EV is powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery feeding a 92 kW (125 PS / 123 hp) coaxial electric motor. The Fit will feature three drive modes – Econ, Normal and Sport – with a possible range of 123 miles (198 km) in Econ mode. [read more about Honda Fit EV]