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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 Reclaimer77 on 9/30/2009 9:43:19 PM , Rating: 1
Don't worry. Unlike most of the Obama supporters, I actually want to make sure that when I have children, they won't be a burden on society.

RE: Looks great from the front....
By redbone75 on 9/30/2009 10:21:36 PM , Rating: 1
As expected, your reply leads me to believe that, like many Obama detractors, you are a bigoted <insert profane insult here>. You obviously think that most people who voted for Obama are at or below the poverty line and think that this president will be their meal ticket. I'm spending more time on you than I normally would a creature of your ilk, so let me cut it short. Even if you were to bring children in this world, who is to say that with proper guidance, support, and love those children will grow up to be burdens on society instead of positive contributors to it? Or, since I believe you to be a person who can provide well for yourself (or your mother does so for you) why would your children be a burden on society if you can provide for them? I'm done dumbing down for the day. You may continue your Obama bashing.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/30/2009 10:46:21 PM , Rating: 1
Oh ofcourse, the race card. Thanks Mr. Carter. It makes me sick that anyone who has a problem with this administration is labeled a racist.

Well you can shove it up your ass. I won't be bullied or intimidated by you politically correct assholes into silence.

RE: Looks great from the front....
By Spuke on 10/1/2009 3:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
As expected, your reply leads me to believe that, like many Obama detractors, you are a bigoted <insert profane insult here>.
Can you state one reason why he would be considered a racist? I also disagree with some of Obama's policies and I am black. Would I be a racist too? I am also waiting for an example as to why Reclaimer77 should like Obama's policies. I see personal attacks but no reasons why he should change his mind.

By Reclaimer77 on 10/1/2009 3:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you Spuke ! Great post btw.

And yes, I'm STILL waiting for why I should be optimistic, in the least, about this administration.

Spuke you see personal attacks because it's all they have. The left, historically, has NEVER been able to legitimately defend their position on anything. Because if they actually had to straight up tell people what they believed in, nobody would go along with it.

Frankly I don't know what I am. Nancy Pillosy said I was a "nazi", and Carter says I'm a racist. Hmmmm which one should I pick ?

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