• Feb 20th 2008 at 1:27PM
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More news from the front lines of Honda's hybrid offensive. Honda CEO Takeo Fukui revealed in January that a production hybrid based on the CR-Z Concept shown in Tokyo last year was on its way. Looks like Europeans will be the first to partake of the spiritual successor to the much missed CR-X when it goes on sale there first around the end of the decade.

The original CR-X was a small, lightweight hatchback that by virtue of its size was a fun car despite its small, efficient engine. Likewise, we expect the production CR-Z coupe to be small, fun and efficient, but this time utilize Honda's updated Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system to make it happen.

Honda UK manager of product planning Mark Turner told Automotive News Europe that the production CR-Z hybrid would be priced around €25,000, with a high-end model cresting €28,000. Since Europe will be the car's most important market, Honda UK will have a voice in the car's development, including its design. Engineering for the car is also being carried out at Honda's R&D facility in Germany. Turner added that a gasoline version of the CR-Z would be considered if there were demand for it. The CR-Z will join Honda's upcoming ground-up global hybrid, as well as a new Civic Hybrid, in late 2009 or early 2010. If Honda hopes to sell half a million hybrids by 2011 like it claims, expect all three to also be available in the United States.

[Source: Automotive News Europe, sub. req'd, Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago

      "The Prius and hybrids in general don't sell well in Europe because diesel motors can get similar fuel economy without the complexity and weight of the hybrid power train."

      Isn't Diesel cheaper than Regular Gas in Europe? Maybe that’s why the Prius doesn’t sell so well in Europe. Or does Europe have more Hwy. than congested Rds.; I just find it hard to swallow that a Hybrid can’t be beneficial in Europe. I can't believe Europeans would be so gullible as to believe that kind of BS.

      Anywho, as this is about the CR-Z coming to Europe I think that is great. Hasn’t there been rumored that the Global or Low Cost Hybrid will be coming to the US in 09-10 about the same time as this will be sold in Europe. As to the CR-Z pricing in Europe it will be different that what we again in the US will be paying.
        • 7 Years Ago
        well, Diesel is certainly cheaper in Europe, but more expensive in the UK, if that matters. However, in the real world, a good modern Diesel does indeed deliver better mileage than a complicated and expensive hybrid. Which is why most Europeans buy diesels. Toyota hybrids certainly are bought here, in small numbers, but by people who line up their pencils and worry if a spoon finds its way into the knife drawer, if you know what I mean...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm surprised this is being offered in Europe first. The Prius and hybrids in general don't sell well in Europe because diesel motors can get similar fuel economy without the complexity and weight of the hybrid powertrain. Well I guess all that really matters is that its cheap, lightweight and fun. I hope Honda gets the styling right with this one unlike the Pilot and Acura RL they showed recently.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really wish people would stop referring to this as the "CRX successor". It shares some styling cues and it's fuel efficient, but that's pretty much where the similarities end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those prices would be the same as a Prius in Europe. I thought this was supposed to be a low cost hybrid? or the lowest yet? Or is that for another vehicle altogether?

      Prius prices in the US are $21-$24K. Would folks buy the CR-Z hybrid for that? One problem with hybrids is there isn't a sub-$20K model out there that would sell like hotcakes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes you're thinking of a different vehicle, the one linked to in the article. That one could be as low as 16,000 Euros, in other words nicely under $20,000.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Insight part 2?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the face, but thats it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Large Mouth Bass. Seriously.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the guys running honda are officially retarded

      ruining what should have been an excellent car by making it hybrid only
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Turner added that a gasoline version of the CR-Z would be considered if there were demand for it."

        just read that part. if this thing can truly be called a crx successor, then greenlight the good version NOW!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do what you want, just make it light and with an engine bay big enough for a K20 and a turbo and you'll have a real winner. People do it to a Honda Fit, no doubt they'll do it to this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A CR-X successor called the CR-Z. I wonder why they didn't go with the CR-Y....oh wait, nevermind.
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