The first generation HR-V was based on the Honda Logo. It was marketed from 1999 to 2006 in Europe, Japan and select Asia-Pacific markets – and featured three doors (1999–2003) or five doors (1999–2006). The two configurations were internally designated GH2 and GH4 respectively.
After a hiatus between 2006 and 2013, Honda reintroduced the nameplate for the second generation HR-V, based on the third-generation Honda Fit. Production began in late 2013 for the Japanese domestic market (as the Vezel (Japanese: ホンダ・ヴェゼル, Honda Vezeru)) and in 2015 in North America, Australia, Brazil and select Asian markets as the HR-V. It is sold as the Vezel in Japan and China.
According to Honda, the "HR-V" stands for "Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle".