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The sporty 2010 Honda CR-Z hybrid will be based on the 2007 CR-Z concept, shown here.  (Source: AutoBlog)

The hot-selling Honda Fit is getting a hybrid makeover for 2010.  (Source: Cars.com)
Honda steps up to the plate with some hot new hybrid offerings

Hybrids are fast becoming Japan's best-selling vehicles and are still quite popular in the U.S.  Honda set Japanese sales records with the debut of its Insight hybrid, but it has since seen tough competition from the Toyota Prius, which stole its sales crown.

Honda is stepping up to the plate to counter Toyota with two new hybrids to go into production and hit the streets next year.  The first is the much-anticipated hybrid version of the Honda Fit, which is already a hot seller in the U.S. and Japan.  The 2010 Fit Hybrid is rumored to be thousands less expensive than the 2009 Honda Insight.

The second hybrid is the 2010 Honda CR-Z.  The car is inspired by the Honda CRX which was very popular among auto enthusiasts in the late 1980s and early 90s.  It debuted in concept form at the 40th annual Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. 

Honda's press release describes the new performance hybrid, stating, "The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle's environmental footprint."

No word has been released yet on the pricing of the vehicle.

Both hybrids feature Honda's proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system which is highly efficient, lightweight, and compact.  Honda also announced that it’s working on a new hybrid platform for mid-to-large size vehicles.





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