• Jun 17, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Honda CR-Z concept

First Honda said it was going to press the reset button on its hybrid efforts and come out with something bolder than the Civic Hybrid. Then it laid out plans for a number of hybrids that would be priced considerably more aggressively than the Toyota Prius. One of the concepts, the funky CR-Z, has already got people abuzz.

More details have emerged about the first hybrid to appear, a 5-door hatch with unique styling that's based on the Fit, but three inches taller and one inch wider. It will use the Civic Hybrid's Integrated Motor Assist technology and mate that car's 1.3-liter engine with 94 hp to a 15kW electric motor powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. Fuel economy, according to insider predictions, will be somewhere around 71 - 82 miles per gallon, but that's based on Japanese domestic use. Expect a drop for U.S. comparison.

Honda is considering a return to the name "Insight" for its first new hybrid, which we're all for. The Insight was a brilliant little ride, and we never understood why Honda let it go. Though it was low on practicality with only two seats and not much storage, it was a purpose-built vehicle for big mpg numbers. This potential new Insight will be Honda's global hybrid, and the company expects to sell 100,000 of them in the U.S. annually. Add this to the other three hybrids Honda is planning, and Honda's hybrid future -- assuming it delivers as promised -- looks quite bright.


[Source: Auto Observer via eGM Car Tech]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      For the people who like the photo of the CR-Z, this is not the car this site claims Honda is considering to receive the hallowed Insight moniker. No one outside of Honda's inner circle has seen the Global Small Hybrid--all Honda has said so far is that it will be a 5-door hatchback that uses styling cues from the FCX Clarity and that the car will use the same name in every country where it's sold (unlike the Fit/Jazz). Although the above report claims the Global Small Hybrid is based on the Fit but Takeo Fukui stated it is a new vehicle designed from the ground-up (however, there must be some shared parts).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care what they call it, but for the love of god please don't call it the cr-z. Yes, there was the fuel efficient crx hf, but thats not what the CRX was known for. People who care about the CRX remember the crx SI as the Motor Trend car of the year in 1988, and one of the best sport compacts ever made. This hybrid is hardly true to the CRX namesake. if they want to call it the CR-Z, they better put a k20 from the civic SI in it, and also make the boring hybrid model.

      if they have a k20 with an lsd as an available model along side their hybrid, i will go to the dealer the day it is announced to put down my money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm impressed for a few reasons:
      1) first non-ugly honda concept to churn out lately
      2) Impressive reinvention of the CR-X's of yore
      3) Honda's incessant need to push the hybrid tech

      Well done Honda, from a biased USDM car nut.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Taller and wider than a Fit? That would be the Odyssey.

        • 6 Years Ago
        +1.

        I'd stick with CR-Z.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Three inches taller than the fit??? And only one inch wider??? The Fit already looks like a shoebox turned on it's side. Any taller and it'll flip over backing out of the driveway. Car makers need a low, wide coupe hybrid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        New 5dr hybrid and CR-Z ((or whatever its going to be called) are SEPARATE developments as far as we heard from Honda CEO Fukui.

        Reviving Insight name and talking about 5dr hybrid and showing a pic of the CR-Z is confusing and inconsistent. Bad reporting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd say the brakes on that concept are more of a statement of the car's intended sportiness. However, that doesn't mean they car might not need them, many modern hybrids are no slouches!
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. Give me a better looking insight (same size) and I would be all over that car. I would definitly buy a car that looked like the CR-Z concept. (Just noticed the beefy brembos, sweeeet).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would you need "beefy Brembos" on a car that doesn't even turn 100hp?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't need wide. And I don't need something as big as a Fit. A two-seater Insight 2 commuter car would work for me.
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        You don't need them, I just think they are sweet. Although I don't see how big breaks are bad (except for the weight, but these are probably aluminum and would weigh less than the brakes they probably will get).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a nice looking car.

      I think the insight name is fine for a new purpose-built hybrid. There wasn't anything wrong with the insight, the prius just ate its lunch because it was more practical. I saw an insight on the road just this morning and I was surprised at how much the styling had grown on me. It doesn't look nearly as radical and weird now as it did when it came out. I like how this new car has insight styling cues while looking like it can fit more than 1.5 people in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's up with the ugly Audi front grill?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the original article says 3 in LONGER than the Fit, not 3 in TALLER.

      BIG difference.
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