GUANGZHOU, China — In North America, Honda has the Ridgeline pickup and Pilot crossover, two vehicles rarely, if ever, seen elsewhere in the world.
So, it's no surprise that in China, now the world's biggest auto market, Honda offers a few one-of-a-kind nameplates that might not ring a bell outside the Middle Kingdom. Among them: the Honda Avancier crossover, Crider small car, Gienia hatchback and the Acura CDX subcompact crossover.
Honda takes a two-pronged attack with its worldwide lineup.
Its global vehicles are well-known: Think Civic, Accord and CR-V. Then there are its nameplates tailored to local needs — including the Ridgeline on one side of the globe and the Crider on the other.
Because the China market is so huge and profitable, it commands increasing r&d resources for vehicles geared toward Chinese tastes. And because Honda operates in China through two joint ventures, with rival domestic Chinese automakers, it pursues a "sibling" model strategy.
Each joint venture may offer essentially the same vehicle, such as two versions based on the Honda City. But they give the siblings different styling, varying interior flourishes and, of course, unique names.
Here is a look at some of the China-unique nameplates from the Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co. and Guangqi Honda Automobile Co. joint ventures.