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Blue light services give green light to new CR-V

Honda says that the previous-generation model has already gained a lot of interest from emergency organisations due to its practicality, versatility and interior space.

This includes Welsh Ambulance Service, which has ordered over 30 examples of the CR-V in the last year, while Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of more than 40 in the last 24 months.

Michael Ahmed, general manager fleet service at Scottish Ambulance Service added: ‘The Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of a further 22 Honda CR-V Paramedic Response Units (PRUs) over the last 12 months – further enhancing the resilience to meet patient needs in adverse weather conditions.

‘Building on the experience of the CR-Vs that have been in service as PRUs since 2007, Scottish Ambulance have introduced the CR-V as the base vehicle for all PRUs heading into the winter months giving additional four-wheel-drive capability.’

And following the launch of the all-new fourth-generation CR-V, over 20 units will be heading north of the border in the coming months. The model’s popularity has been driven by its car-like dynamics and all-wheel drive system, which ensure that it can access the most remote locations quickly, while the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine provides good performance whilst also proving inexpensive to run.

Suzy Swift, national public sector manager at Honda (UK), commented: ‘We have invested heavily in marketing to the ambulance sector and have upgraded our demonstration vehicles so their full potential can be witnessed by ambulance service representatives.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.