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.
quote: I'm not sure exactly how they calculate highway MPG ( or city ), but it seems pretty conservative.
quote: And honestly, I'm not sure why the Fit is such a hit. For about the same price, you can get a Civic with comparable MPG and way more room.
quote: I agree. I can manage nearly 33 mpg on the highway with my Mazda 3s Hatchback which is much larger than a fit, heavier, and has a quite a bit more power/torque.For the past 7 months, however, my average has been closer to 27 mpg:
quote: not to mention it looks like shrunk down version of a euro grocery getter.
quote: I have noticed that Canadian automakers are still grossly exaggerating fuel economy on cars even though the US EPA has changed their methodology.
quote: Toyota is claiming the Carolla gets 50mpg on the highway!
quote: Environmentalists be damned. You're not saving the planet by driving one either. It emits 70% less than the Carolla but 3.7 tonnes versus 6.3 tonnes per year is still a drop in the bucket.
quote: Unless your point is "you shouldn't buy brand-new vehicles," the comparison doesn't really make sense.
quote: Please note the octane ratings in the UK are like 110, not the crappy 93 max we get here.
quote: Look, we already know the Honda Fit is a great car.
quote: You consider the Fit a "great" car? I'd weep if I wasn't laughing so hard. Further proof that I won't take car advice from the typical DT crowd.
quote: I guess we can blame it all on safety (added weight), feature creep (added weight), and larda$$es ;-)
quote: Do you really think it's necessary to be at 3K rpm at 60mph?
quote: Um, yeah but no. The real reason for worse fuel economy is because of the shorter transmissions and the higher displacement, more powerful engines. Do you really think it's necessary to be at 3K rpm at 60mph?