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Honda CR-Z pictured here is close to production model  (Source: Autoblog)
CR-Z hybrid sport coupe will debut in Japan in February

Hybrid automobiles are all the rage right now with consumers looking to save at the pump and become more eco-friendly. The clear leader in the hybrid realm is still Toyota with its Prius, but for car enthusiasts that like sporty vehicles, the Prius is hardly appropriate.

In September, Honda pulled the wraps off its revamped CR-Z hybrid sports coupe concept. The vehicle is designed to remind of the CR-X that was popular in the 1980's to 1990's for Honda. Honda was vague about the details of the vehicle when it revealed the concept car other than to report the car was only 161 inches long and would use a 1.5-liter i-VETEC 4-cylinder with Honda's IMA hybrid power train. The car is pegged to sell in the $19,000 to $25,000 range.

Autoblog reports that Honda has confirmed that the CR-Z will be coming to the U.S. in the fall of 2010 with a six-speed manual transmission. The vehicle should be the first hybrid vehicle to hit the states sporting a 6-speed manual transmission. Autoblog also notes that the images seen here of the concept are close to what the production vehicle will look like.

The LED lighting will likely change slightly and the mirrors will likely grow. As for official specifications for the powertrain, pricing, and performance; Honda offers no details at this point. The vehicle is set to go on sale in Japan in February so details should be coming around that time.

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By IlllI on 10/21/2009 12:58:45 PM , Rating: 1
yes. it is. the concept model was so much better than this monstrosity

By Alexstarfire on 10/21/2009 1:33:37 PM , Rating: 3
I find it funny that in just about every car article on DailyTech someone posts that the car is ugly.

By ChronoReverse on 10/21/2009 2:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Here I was thinking the front looks pretty good for a hybrid.

By IlllI on 10/21/2009 3:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
the concept model was amazing. this production release.. they made it so bland and 'meh' looking. they almost completely changed the back and sides of it :(

By Spuke on 10/21/2009 3:21:27 PM , Rating: 3
I find it funny that in just about every car article on DailyTech someone posts that the car is ugly.
I find it funny that people on DT expect a CONCEPT car to look exactly like the production version.

By Alexstarfire on 10/21/2009 7:33:00 PM , Rating: 2
They never do and the concept car always looks better.

By 67STANG on 10/21/2009 8:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
No joke. Remember what the Volt concept looked like? It was awesome. Now it's a cobalt with different headlights and tailights...

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