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  (Source: Edmunds)
Honda refines the design of its CR-Z concept

With Toyota hogging all of the spotlight when it comes to hybrid vehicles in the United States, Honda often has to fight for attention to let the buying public that it too has hybrids on dealer lots and in its upcoming product pipeline.

Honda currently offers the more sedate-looking Civic Hybrid along with the hybrid-only Insight. Honda initially had high hopes for the second generation Insight, but has seen its latest foray into the hybrid market clobbered by Toyota's third-generation Prius in sales.

Not one to back down from a fight, Honda is prepared to assault Toyota and all other hybrid manufactures with two more hybrids which DailyTech has discussed previously. The first is the 2010 Fit Hybrid which is based on the popular Fit subcompact currently available.

The second model, the CR-Z, is also due out for the 2010 model year. Thanks to the folks at Edmunds, we now have another look at what the production version of the CR-Z will look like. Honda calls this latest version of the CR-Z a "95 percent" representation of what the production model will look when it is unveiled at the Detroit Auto show next January.

If the previous CR-Z concept reminded you of Honda's beloved CRX from the 80s and early 90s, this revised CR-Z concept simply reinforces that image. The CR-Z clearly looks like a CRX for the 21st century and is quite compact at just 161 inches long -- for comparison, a Mini Cooper S and Mazda Miata are roughly 146 inches and 157 inches in length respectively.

According to Edmunds, the production CR-Z will be sporting a 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-banger combined with Honda's latest Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid powertrain. Purists will be glad to hear that a 6-speed manual transmission will be paired with the hybrid powertrain. It's almost a guarantee, however, that Honda will makes its continuously variable transmission (CVT) available as an option.

It's still to early to know how Honda plans to price the CR-Z when it hits the market next year, but Honda would likely price it in the $19,000 to $25,000 range.



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RE: Looks great from the front....
By FITCamaro on 9/30/2009 12:14:02 PM , Rating: 4
And honestly no. What should I have liked exactly?

Stimulus? No.
Wanting to close Gitmo? No. (of course he's realizing how hard that is)
His supposed transparency that blocks the release of any information that would make him look bad or wrong? No.
Health care? No.
Cap and trade? No.
Net neutrality? Agree with the idea but not the method.
Position on Afghanistan? He's dropping the ball and taking a few weeks to think about it while not even talking to the commander in the field about it. Going with Oprah to get the Olympics in Shitcago is clearly a larger issue.

Other than that what is there? He's spent the rest of the time still campaigning for his causes and putting his nose where it doesn't belong.

Oh wait. I agreed with him that Kayne West is a jackass.


RE: Looks great from the front....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/30/2009 12:30:27 PM , Rating: 3
I love how he campaigned on "no more government earmarks, smaller government, less corruption, more efficiency...."

And in the first 90 days ushers in historically unprecidented levels of all of the above. Of course I didn't believe what he campaigned on, but plenty of idiots apparently did.


RE: Looks great from the front....
By AEvangel on 9/30/2009 7:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and lets not forget that he is still continuing the war mongering practices of the Neo-Cons that got us drug into Iraq fiasco, by now lying about Iran and the media is right in line with him, just like they were with Bush.

To use some language from Berlusconi he is just a Tanned Bush.


RE: Looks great from the front....
By Spuke on 10/1/2009 3:24:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
by now lying about Iran and the media is right in line with him, just like they were with Bush.
What about Iran did Obama lie about?


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