• Jan 1, 2011
The 2011 Honda CR-Z may not exactly be sailing to success here in the U.S., but it has managed to walk away with the coveted Japan Car of the Year title. In order to celebrate, Honda has decided to work up a new special edition version of its tiny sport hybrid. Only available in a special "Pearl Dipusafaiaburu" blue paint, the hatch makes use of unique 16-inch alloy wheels and premium metal pedal pads inside. If the color and the wheels don't make this one easy enough to spot, Honda has also gone through the extra effort of placing a "Japan Car of the Year" commemorative sticker on the rear quarter glass behind the driver's side door.

Otherwise, the Japan Car of the Year Edition CR-Z will remain completely stock. Neither fuel economy nor power has been upped in any way. Not surprisingly, it looks like this one will remain a Japanese-only offering. Still, if you like what you see, chances are you could recreate the special edition CR-Z without breaking a sweat – or your bank account for that matter.

[Source: Honda]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been a Honda fan for years. Like so many others, I have been disappointed with their products the last couple of years.
      I just hope they actually do give the TL some rhinoplasty. Would love to see another sports coupe with an Acura badge and sure as hell would love a hot powertrain on this car!
      The CR-Z does has some ugliness but its nothing the after market couldn't fix up real nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like the way the car looks. I sat inside one yesterday at the San Diego Auto Show. The dashboard is so cool looking with all the lights. But really, for me to realistically want one, it would have to be faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong with the way the CR-Z looks. I've seen a few and I'm was pleasantly surprised at how good they look, but it still fails on the most important factors for which it was marketed. Fuel economy and sporty performance. A high reving V-TEC engine that delivers 40mpg highway would've been tuner friendly, lighter and cheaper. They would've done better to just offer the Insight with an appearance package sport springs than the CR-Z as it is. Now, Hyundai is going to eat Honda's lunch with the launch of the Veloster. The Veloster is infinitely better on paper, backseats, DCT, 40mpg, and 140hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the way it looks too, but they really need to relocate the mounting points for the front licence plate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is hurting so that had to give it some kind of bogus award to spark interest in this underwhelming machine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sportbike80 well this isn't japan last time i checked it doesn't get that great of gas mileage for what its supposed to be and doesn't perform anything like the sports car its supposed to be either so you can have it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL.
        Wow, you don't know anything about the CR-Z and the huge hit that it is in Japan do you. I suggest you go do some reading on the CR-Z sales, and the factory output capabilities, then come back and make an intelligent post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about you give us a special edition.. with a K20? Or F20c?

      I would buy it in a heartbeat if at all financially possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello, Honda? You've lost your way. Please try to understand that 16" rims were too small for my S2000 in 2003, and they have no place on a vehicle with sporty pretensions in 2011. Wake up!!

      I had to add 18's, significant suspension mods and a turbo just to make my S2000 worth keeping a few years. "Less is More" doesn't cut it in the automotive world! Because Less is just, well, Less than what others offer.

      Please turn your engineering teams loose to develop class-leading sports cars again, and tell the stylists to cut out the booze on work nights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You could really turn that S2000 into a fantastic sporty car with some 24" chrome plated 40lbs each DUBs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The color name is Romanji for Pearl "Deep Sapphire Blue."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care if I'm down rated for saying this but it is quite sad to see this is the Japan car of the year. Really shows how far South Korea has come in the automotive market lately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Japan also likes Hello Kitty.

        Japanese people eat raw, uncooked meat.

        Americans watch Glee.

        Different cultures, different tastes, my friend.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kotse

        The CRZ would be so awesome with a K swap, I would love if Honda got their head out of their anuses and did something as cool as that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Was hoping for a non-hybrid version as well. Not thrilled it won in the first place. Heck, I would have been happier if the Juke won, even though I like the CR-Z's styling and am not a fan of the Juke's "quirky" styling. Oh well, at least the color's nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the truth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda and Toyota are ages behind in terms of styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only in Japan would this car even have a chance of winning such an award.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the special edition a non-hybrid variant with a real engine? No? Oh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could you please stop referencing your own prior article every time the CR-Z is mentioned? It is inherently flawed, and even the original Automotive News item you linked to has made a correction. CR-Z sales are precisely on target with American Honda's projected units. End of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have to wonder about the motives of Autoblog. Autoblogs continued reference to the CR-Z as a dismal failure, and using the argument of three month sales to compare to what Honda projected for 12 months is either blatant ignorance, or the agenda of Autoblog is very clear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one up close when it was first released and personally I think it is ugly. The front proportions are all wrong and the rear end doesn't look finished. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to change lanes with those thick rear pillars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        right there with ya, i thought the concept was really cool looking and started saving for one. Then i saw photos of the production car and thought... well, this ain't too bad..

        Then i saw the performance / mpg specs and was totally turned off.
        Then i saw the car in person and that totally removed any inkling of appreciation i had for it.

        Gimme back my old Honda!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Deep sapphire blue".
      Though it does sound more exotic in the katakana rendering. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        i was going to make the same post. haha.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a bad shade of blue, except that I think the North Beach Blue pearl color is better.

        ...not that either color makes the car look any less like a dust-buster on wheels.
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