• Jul 13, 2009
Honda CR-Z Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Honda has confirmed what's been suspected for some time: the Honda CR-Z is coming next year and the Fit Hybrid will be released in late 2010.

The brief press release (below the fold) touts the two hybrids as the latest expansion of the automaker's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, along with its focus on highly efficient, lightweight and compact conveyances.

The CR-Z, a sporty hybrid inspired by the CRX and unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007, will go on sale in Japan this February, with the Fit Hybrid hitting shores across the Pacific later next year. Honda hasn't explicitly announced whether the two models will be available in the States, but we'd expect a formal announcement when the production CR-Z and Fit Hybrid debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this October.




PRESS RELEASE

Honda to Begin Sales of Two More Hybrid Models in 2010

TOKYO, Japan, July 13, 2009 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to begin sales in Japan of the CR-Z sporty hybrid model in February 2010 and Fit Hybrid before the end of 2010. By combining these two models with the currently available Insight and Civic Hybrid, Honda will further enhance its lineup of compact hybrid models, which leverage the unique characteristics of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), including compact size, lightweight and high efficiency. In addition, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be installed on mid- to large-size vehicles.

Honda also announced that, in addition to the No. 1 line at its Suzuka Factory, the production of Insight also began on Suzuka's No. 3 line in mid-June 2009, leveraging Honda's flexible production system.

In order to continue contributing to the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions, Honda will continue to focus on research and development of technologies which improve fuel-efficiency and strive to deliver products with improved environmental performance to as many customers as possible by making such products more accessible to all people.

The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle's environmental footprint.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that by "sporty" they at least mean "comes with a manual option." Hybrids don't absolutely have to have CVTs, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        either way, I have no desire to actually purchase this car
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey guys if you like the Honda CR-Z feel free to join us in discussion at

        http://mycrz.com

        Look forward to seeing you there!
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAL can lick my ba....er... I respectfully disagree with HAL's decisions when it comes time to shift gears, or whatever you call it in a CVT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it would depend on how they use the electric motor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        RamblinReck89:

        > I hope that by "sporty" they at least mean
        >"comes with a manual option." Hybrids don't
        > absolutely have to have CVTs, right?

        Full hybrids like those from Toyota, Ford and Lexus have to have a power split device instead of a gearbox, which is very similar to a differential only with two inputs (coming from the engine and the electric motor) and single output (final drive). This makes them simple, durable, cheaper to make and allows very efficient manipulation of engine load as well as all electric ride. The device simulates a CVT gearbox.

        Mild hybrids like Hondas or the new Mercedes S class have an ordinary gearbox, be it an automatic, automated manual like the DSG, a belt/chain-driven CVT. A manual is naturally possible only it may decrease efficiency slightly since the well programmed automatic could put the engine into its most efficient operation areas more frequently than the driver rowing throigh gears.

        If you are for a more fun to drive hybrid, try the discontinued Honda Accord V6 Hybrid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        gerrrg - The original Insight came with a manual transmission option and still has auto-stop/start. I'd trade mine in for a CRZ assuming it gets 50+ MPG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAL knows best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So... How do they sell the Insight next to a hybrid Fit? Everyone is complaining about the Insight and saying they wish it was more like the Fit, does this mean they are rectifying their mistake with the Insight?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, very very odd. the insight's as close to a hybrid Fit as you can get without... you know... hybridizing the fit. There's a lot of overlap there. Maybe Honda's thinking an even cheaper sales price will make their mild hybrid drive more palatable for customers? It just seems like a really poor choice with the insight, again, being so closely based on fit components and architecture. odd.

        As for the CR-Z, fantastic. Just, don't keep up the ugly train. Build it like the concept, as close as possible, we've been waiting since the S2000 for something as good looking as this CR-Z concept, here's hoping they don't mess it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the Fit Hybrid will suck the sales out of the Insight, and signal its death. The fight is on...

        the Honda Fit Hybrid versus the Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i dont know about most of you.. but sure bares a close resemblance to last Mercury Cougar.but because its a Honda it will probably sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai's Tiburon successor (aka Veloster) is the spiritual successor to the CRX. This is a freaking hybrid. Fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car should NOT BE A HYBRID!!! The original CRX was designed to me small, light, agile, and most importantly, inexpensive. Adding on a hybrid powertrain will almost automatically inflate the price between 2 and 3,000 bucks. If I'm purchasing a car like this, I don't want it to have low rolling resistance tires, or an auto start-stop feature, or none of that crap. If Honda wants to make a hybrid version, then fine. But they should also offer nonhybrid versions, in the same way that the Civic comes in hybrid and nonhybrid versions. I say slap in the engine from the Civic Si, or even the soon-to-be-dead S2000, give me a 6 speed manual, and call it a day!
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree, not interested till they put a normal power-train in it

        any added weight and complexity is the enemy
        • 5 Years Ago
        But you forget...that electric motors provide 100% torque the instant you step on the accelerator...

        see for example, Plasma Boy's White Zombie Datsun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrHXdM9f13k
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen brutha...lol

        ...you spoke my mind
        • 5 Years Ago
        get in line behind me for the Veloster then. it looks to be the true successor to the awesome CRX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ gerrrg:

        Torque? In a Honda? Surely you jest! :-P

        But seriously, I drive an '06 Civic Si because I wanted a Honda with a semblance of fun that wasn't gonna cost me an arm and a leg. Assuming this car could meet all the standard enthusiast requirements (RWD, 6-speed, low weight, etc.), I'd be all over it. But if it's solely going to be a FWD hybrid, then I think I'll pass. I just don't understand how conventional hybrids can have anything to do with "enjoyable driving."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally, I think this will be a Hybrid only model because if they made two versions of this say a hybrid and a regular one, then the only engine of choice would be the K-series for the regular CRZ. If they did that, sales of the civic Si would plummet killing their flagship civic line so introducing this car in anything other than a hybrid would be a bad move on their part, even though there are many nastalgic CRX owners from the 80s who would want a non-byrid CRZ, including me...
        • 5 Years Ago
        a k20 in this car is extreme overkill

        1.5L from the fit would be fine for a base model and the 1.8 from the base civic would be plenty for the Si version and keep the weight down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the CR-Z going to be a dedicated hybrid model, or will it come in conventional and hybrid variants?

      I really can't wait to see the final production version of this... it could very well be my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I won't criticize it yet, but I'm not getting my hopes up... I just want light weight and adequate power. Focus on a tubular alu frame, or lightweight steel, or weight savings inside the cabin. Then offer an engine that's adequately powered and a 6sp transmission to minimize fuel consumption on the highway and *presto*, a car that's got great gas mileage *and* is fun to drive.

      I can dream, can't I?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey guys if you like the Honda CR-Z feel free to join us in discussion at

      http://mycrz.com

      Look forward to seeing you there!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will be the first person in line to buy the CR-Z if they bring it to the USA. That is a really cool looking car, and +1 for being a hybrid too. I was a huge CRX fan and I've always been upset at Honda for not bringing that car back.

      Maybe I'm dreaming, but the CR-Z would also look great as a convertible. I hope Honda is considering a convertible too, but I admit I'll be just as happy if this car makes it to the USA at all. I hope Honda is reading Autoblog... I would buy the CR-Z if it's offered in the US!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like Honda to build a car similar to the Honda Del Sol.
      Compact - 2 doors - 2 seats -
      Rear window that goes down like the Del Sol.

      When travelign I see most cars have two of fewer people, whyc not build a car for those that only want to have 2 people in their car?

      My current Del Sol has 214,000 - would liek to replace it, but not with the typcial car available today!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Manufacturers are missing the boat with niche-model hybrids already.

      What they need to do is make a stunning convertible that just happens to be a hybrid, and watch the sales numbers pour in.

      I mean, who doesn't love a sexy ragtop. With 4 seats, priced under the Sebring, 0-60 in 10.0 but drop dead gorgeous lines AND 50 mpg whats not to love?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is a hybrid convertible really that terrible of an idea?

        Sure theres added weight, and even less trunk room... but most convertibles are sold for posing, not utility. I think a lot of people would appreciate a convertible that doesn't idle, can cruise silently and does well at the pump.

        A Prius/Insight convertible could be the hot ticket for boomers who miss their Rabbit/Golf convertibles and really don't see much to love in an Eos or Sebring.

        Me? I''m planning on a regular Miata or Boxster, but thats why they still make enthusiast ragtops.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I said it cuz its the benchmark... the car that too many people buy lacking a decent alternative for the same money.

        A good looking hybrid convertible with 4 seats would utterly destroy the sebring overnight... I think.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A hybrid convertible is about as ridiculous as a hybrid Suburban....oh wait.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why did you have to mention the s - word (sebring) ... barf! god that's an ugly convertible. I like the CR-Z but hopefully they can sort out that awful front grill. It looks like a fish.
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