The Honda HR-V is a nameplate that Honda used on two generations of mini SUV. The first generation HR-V was based on Honda Logo and sold in Japan, selective Asian-Pacific, and European markets between 1999 and 2006. The second generation HR-V was based on the third-generation Honda Fit and went on sale in North America, Australia, Brazil, and selective Asian markets in 2015 for the 2016 model year. The second generation HR-V was largely identical to Japan-market Honda Vezel which went on sale in late 2013.
The abbreviation HR-V, according to Honda's HR-V history website, officially stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle. The HR-V was introduced to cater for the demand for vehicles with the benefits of SUVs (in particular its bigger brother the Honda CR-V), such as increased cargo room and higher visibility, along with the manoeuvrability, performance and fuel economy of a smaller car.