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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: I want one!
By Spuke on 9/30/2009 4:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Yeah I can't wait to laugh at how people rice these out just like Civics.
What sucks is when the import scene started, there was no rice, it was all performance. My next door neighbor had a stripped '89 Acura Integra with a roll cage, header, exhaust and intake (this was in 1991). It didn't make big power but was definitely not for show and was fairly quick. Now his roommate had a '90 Mitsubishi Eclipse with a boost controller and some other stuff, coilovers (custom - everything was custom back then), wider and stickier tires. He might have had a 16G in there but I don't remember. Now that car was fast!!! The big power didn't come until the mid to late 90's but by that time rice was in full effect and there were more show cars than anything else. Then it was all rice as most of the people with fast imports moved on to sports cars. I had a 1992 Honda Civic hatch with a Acura TSX 2.4L with individual throttle bodies, cams, header, exhaust, intake making 240whp 190lb-ft(Dynapack). Like a friend once told me, I'd rather drive than wrench so I bought a REALLY clean Civic and started from there. Car only weighed 2100 lbs and was pretty damn fast. 12.8 in the 1/4 on some drag radials. I'm not the best driver.


RE: I want one!
By Spuke on 9/30/2009 4:26:18 PM , Rating: 2
This was in 2004 btw.


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