For reasons unrelated to cars, I had reason to visit a Honda showroom.
While I waited to talk to the salesman who busily spoke to a real customer, I had had a short look at the interiors of all the cars on display. I discovered that Honda don’t fit rear central armrests to any of their cars: the Jazz, the Civic, the HRV or CRV. Those cars that might have had them, the Accord and Civic saloon are not on sale in Denmark. Their range is still unbalanced: the Civics, two CUVs, a city car and a billion euro supercar. That last one sits very uneasily in a range devoid of a cheaper roadster, a saloon and an MPV.
Okay, so Honda can’t sustain a full range of cars and nobody’s really into saloons anyway, not in a big enough way of bit-players to justify having them in their line-up. However, customers still do ferry people about and the Civics, HRV and CRV are probably doing the job that Accords used to do. So, in place of offering a saloon why don’t Honda make those cars suitable for the saloon work they do by offering a rear-centre armrest? Is this a manifestation of Honda’s seriousness about saving weight in cars?
During my quick survey, I noticed the cars all had dashboards and centre consoles. However, I found it quite hard to look at them with a view to assessing their merits. They all seem very, very busy concatenations of shapes. Do people like this?