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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 Xaser04 on 10/1/2009 10:24:49 AM , Rating: 2
I am genuinely suprised that neither the A3 2.0TDI Quattro (170PS) and A5 2.0TDI (170PS) are available in the US. Both are readily available here in the UK (just like the 143ps models (CR unit replacing the 140PS PD unit)).

I have the 170PS 2.0TDI CR unit in my Skoda Octavia vRS, coming down for a 250PS Leon Cupra (2.0TFSI S3 engine) I was expecting a slug but I have been pleasantly suprised by the performance (8 seconds to 62mph is perfectly adequete as is the mid range) and general refinement of the engine (especially compared to the old PD units), the economy is great too (I am currently averaging 50mpg (imperial)).

Oh and 230bhp+ with a stage 2 remap, Full Turbo back and DPF removal.



RE: Looks great from the front....
By Spuke on 10/1/2009 3:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
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I am genuinely suprised that neither the A3 2.0TDI Quattro (170PS) and A5 2.0TDI (170PS) are available in the US.
Diesel's not very popular here in the US but hopefully that will change. So far, it's not making much of a dent.


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