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by Tim Beissmann

Usually when we bring you spy photos, they are the result of our stealthy photographers’ keen eyes and quick reflexes, but these shots of the new 2012 Honda CR-V came about in rather unusual circumstances.

A blogger from NOTCOT.com snapped a few images of the new compact SUV after he was involved in a rather heavy collision with a camouflaged test mule in Los Angeles.

The crash totalled the man’s Toyota Highlander and did considerable damage to the driver’s side of the new CR-V, which was fortunately fitted with operational airbags to protect the driver.

The police report was suspiciously light on details of the car, referring to it only as a ‘Honda 4DR BLK’. The vehicle was from Ohio, the head office of Amercian Honda Motor Co. in the US.

The images reveal a body shape consistent with the official Honda CR-V Concept photograph we brought you earlier this week, suggesting the vehicle in that image could be close to the production design.

The CR-V Concept reveals a new design language from Honda, with an aggressive headlight and grille layout, a taller rear and bolder taillights.

The overall styling promises to be more athletic, with sharper, sweeping character lines on the lower panels.

The new 2012 Honda CR-V will go on sale in the US towards the end of this year, with Europe, Australia and other markets expected to take delivery early in 2012.




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