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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 Keeir on 9/30/2009 5:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
"I can't imagine that their CAFE rating is really that bad considering that most of their cars sell with the 4 cyl. Besides, most of the luxury automakers just pay the fine and roll that into the cost of the car."

Maybe I should rephrase. The 2.0T engine is great, but it doesn't meet current targets for CAFE in most of the models. Going forward with CAFE rising, fines could get really problematic. Companies with Diesel already may find it cheaper to solve the emissions issue than pay the steaper fines.

Why else is BMW willing shave 4,500 off the cost of the excellent 335d? Come-on, <6 sec burner of a car that when driven sedately gets above 35 mpg!? (More like 40+ in highway cruise mode) That makes even me want to buy it, even though I have hated every BMW I ever sat in

RE: Looks great from the front....
By Spuke on 10/1/2009 3:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
Why else is BMW willing shave 4,500 off the cost of the excellent 335d?
Well, I'll admit, it's not off the table for me but I have another three years before I'm even thinking about another car. Hopefully, BMW will put a DCT in there cause I ain't driving no automatic. Oh, and they need to drop the diesel motor into a coupe body too. I'm not asking for too much, am I?

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