Smaller Vehicles Apparent on Auto Show Floor


NBC News - January 15, 2013

As the indus­try moves toward smaller vehi­cles with bet­ter fuel econ­omy, small crossovers like the Honda Urban can be seen at the Detroit Auto Show.

Find out what’s com­ing down the tube for auto shoppers.

The North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tional Auto Show is expected to be dom­i­nated by sub­com­pact and com­pact SUVs and crossovers.

Two years after end­ing pro­duc­tion of the inten­tion­ally ugly-duckling boxy Ele­ment, Honda showed the Urban SUV Con­cept, a thinly dis­guised look at a new small crossover that will slot in below the CR-V in the Honda lineup at the Detroit auto show. Key com­peti­tors will be the quirky Nis­san Juke and the Fiat 500L, a super­size ver­sion of the diminu­tive Fiat 500.

Honda said the Urban will use its Earth Dreams Tech­nol­ogy for increased fuel effi­ciency. Inside, it will fea­ture a lay­out that is sim­i­lar to the Fit, includ­ing its trick Mag­ic­Seat, which can be con­fig­ured for a vari­ety of pas­sen­ger and cargo options. Honda did not show the vehicle’s inte­rior, but said it will be mod­ern and fea­ture the lat­est telem­at­ics technology.