• Mar 12th 2010 at 2:40PM
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The new Honda CR-Z has only been on sale in Japan for two weeks, and already the automaker has received over 7,000 orders for the small hybrid. This represents about 60 percent of the 12,000 units that Honda anticipated to sell domestically in the hatch's first year of production. If this trend continues, Honda may have to ramp up production of the CR-Z in Japan to meet the high demand.

The CR-Z's fortunes in other markets will be every bit as interesting to watch, of course. In the United States, for example, doubters (full disclosure: ourselves included) question whether Honda's idea of a sports hybrid that takes just under 10 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour might not be what the doctor ordered, especially when paired with surprisingly disappointing fuel economy figures. Of course, that's largely just what the online enthusiast community is saying at the moment, and not necessarily any indication of the car's eventual marketplace success whatsoever.

As fans of the long-gone CRX, we sincerely hope that the new CR-Z carries the torch in a way that does not appear to be conveyed by these early performance numbers. Either way, watching the CR-Z's long-term sales prospects both at home and in other markets will be far more important to the model's fortunes than an early sales boom in Japan and pre-launch online skepticism.

[Source: MarketWatch]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      0-60 in 9 point-who-cares seconds...

      It's so disappointing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This vehicle looks rather soft. Certainly not a reminder of the Honda hatchs back in the day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My friend has a RHD mustang, I believe he imported it from europe? but i could be wrong
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tinyroar - I've told you the situation with RHD Mustangs. The fourth-gen (1990s) and fifth-gen (2000s) models were NOT officially produced in RHD by Ford. Any RHD example you see is a conversion. Some US-market Mustang convertibles in fourth-gen were sold with amber rear indicators - these same clusters are sometimes used abroad to meet European regulations. There are aftermarket European light clusters for fifth-gen models. Others typically adopt the reversing lights as indicators while mounting individual reversing and rear fogs below the bumper to meet UNECE regs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it was not a DIY. It has genuine tail lights with amber across the bottom.
        it was a 1997 mustang
        • 5 Years Ago
        My friend has a RHD mustang, I believe he imported it from europe? but i could be wrong"

        The only Mustangs officially ever produced in RHD were the second-generation model between 1976 and 1978, and the third-generation car (the 2-door three-box coupe version only) for a couple of years in the early 1980's, in full UNECE specification. Any other RHD Mustang you see is an aftermarket conversion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember this was a number 1 seller in Japan last year:

      Doesn't mean it is a good car, doesn't mean it will meet sales goals elsewhere.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this car all that different from the Honda Fit?

      I'm sure the CR-Z will be better supported by the aftermarket brands, but the car seems to be too middling when considering performance and economy.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Not just Japan. Many other Asian countries also have the road tax depending on the size of the engine. I remember Singapore the road tax is 3X the price of the car. Yes call them crazy but they don't have much land to accommodate a lot of cars in that small island.
      In Indonesia car that is not assembled locally will get 300% import tax. Don't forget engine size and price of gas.
      That is why in Asia and Europe MOST people own a small engine size cars. Only few people could afford to own a big engine cars, trucks. Only in USA and Australia all the car companies can sell cars with huge engine.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Plus do not forget outrageous fuel taxes and highway tolls. Gasoline price in Europe varies between 1 and 1.5€ per liter. That makes about 5-7$ per gallon. Highway tolls are getting expensive each year. EU commission even decreed that all member states are to install electronic tickets effectively creating another road tax .

        To sum it up.

        1/ We pay 1.1 to 1.2 EURO per each USD in car value. Car that costs $30k in US is usually about $50k in Europe (even cars that are sold in EU and US w/o any change)
        2/ Fuel costs about twice as much on account of fuel taxation
        3/ Roads are a lot more expensive with notable exception of Germany (about to change as well), I remember paying about $100 for 200miles while travelling in France.
        4/ We are about to get new CO2 taxes..

        All in all, this environment simply favours small displacement engines, diesel engines(god I hate those) and all kinds of dubious engineering ideas...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering that Japan is home to Nintendo also, of course the Japanese would love a car that looks like that character from Super Mario World that shoots eggs from its mouth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an RX8 owner, the front of this, B pillar forward, isn't completely unfamiliar. But that back end, doesn't work for me. It kind of looks like someone took a knife to it and tried to pry it open.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone just revive the Integra Type R and NSX Type R programs, and finally return/bring them to the States.

      K Thankx
      • 5 Years Ago
      No matter how good the handling of this car is, what is the compelling argument for this car over the MINI? I can't think of a single one! It doesn't even have a rear seat (in name only) -- it has a rear "bench?"/"shelf?".

      It's not beautiful in any way, and the mileage is mediocre; worse still that it's a hybrid with these numbers. It's slower than a MINI Cooper (normally-aspirated model).

      I have a MINI Cooper currently. I wanted to like this, but how can I even justify considering it? It's simply got no advantaged whatsoever, and at best can drive somewhat similarly, but more than likely will not.

      Here's hoping the Hyundai Veloster delivers on the "promise" that this car does not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This actually came out better than when I saw the original concepts. The front looks a little too much like a Miata though. I think the inner portions of the headlights could have been softened, curved in and down toward the grille to give the car's front an even sleeker appearance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least it's selling well somewhere.

      Japan's laws that prevent you from driving the good Hondas ( the ones they made 20 years ago ) by making registration for old cars cost mega $$$$ certainly help.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just like the high demand for the Insight in Japan when it was released?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The hondas made 20 years ago looked better, but they had cheap bodies and crappy interiors and less hp than we fondly remember. Most 80s hondas had less than 75hp it was no wonder that they got great gas mileage. Face it the new cars are better constructed have tons more hp but they just are not what Mr Honda had in mind, it seems that they have lost their passion for design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        75hp was pretty quick and had enough torque when it was in a 2000lb chassis with barely any emissions equipment choking the engine.

        I mean, that's why everyone bought Hondas back in the day. They were small and dorky looking, but they got great MPG for how much power they had. Nowadays that is no longer a selling point for them, as many competitors have outdone them.

        Their designs aren't helping either. I like the CR-Z design though.

        It's frustrating because we know damn well that Honda can do better and produce good powertrains again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Paul: i totally agree.

        It's as if Honda doesn't care about the USDM market. Toyota and Nissan make models that are geared toward us.. Honda won't.. what's up with that?
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