Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3205 posts, RR: 16 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1552 times:
As a car enthusiast and a very satisfied Honda customer, one thing about a certain Honda product has always bugged me. The 2002-2004 CR-Vs sold in the USA all have black bumpers, regardless of trim level. No color-keyed bumpers (front/rear fascias) were even offered. They look tacky and they break up the styling of what is an otherwise handsome vehicle. In my travels throughout Canada, Europe, South Africa and Japan, I have found Honda CR-Vs of the same era to "have" color-keyed bumpers. What gives? Why is the USA stuck with the ugly black bumpers? Anybody close to Honda or the auto industry in general, know why the USA has gotten the shaft and has been deprived of the nicer-looking CR-Vs for 3 years? On a sidenote, color-keyed bumpers are made available in 2005 on the EX model only, but they were widely available on the previous-generation 1997-2001 model.
N801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1539 times:
Perhaps it is an eaiser or cheaper repair if there is a minor collision. Otherwise, it's just a product planning decision. Hyundai took the opposite tack. In the US on the new Tucson, color-keyed bumpers are standard on the base model and it's black for the two upper trim levels.