LOS ANGELES -- If there was ever a time for Honda's Accord and Civic to sweat their future, this would be it.
The crossover segment is on fire right now, fueled by changing consumer demands and bargains at both the gas pump and the loan office. Honda itself is riding high on the crossover trend. Its CR-V has been one of the most popular utility vehicles in the U.S. since hitting the market in 1997, and the brand has a compelling redesigned version queued up to go on sale Dec. 21.
But with characteristic moderation, Honda doesn't see the 2017 CR-V replacing either the Accord or the Civic as its most notable seller when the crossover arrives.
"I don't think there was ever a mindset during the development process that this was so big that it could take over the role as the sales leader for the division on a long-term basis," Jeff Conrad, general manager of Honda, told Automotive News at the press launch for the CR-V.