Having only just taken the wraps off their CR-Z Prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has announced their plans to build a production version. Generally considered to be the spiritual successor to the CR-X glass backed hatch-back from way back when, this new millennium version will be a hybrid powered sportscar â€“ at least according to Honda.
CR-Z stands for Compact Renaissance â€“ Zero (huh?) and it is powered by the latest version of Hondaâ€™s hybrid IMA drivetrain, whose job it is to deliver low emissions and fuel consumption figures or as Honda say, the CR-Z â€œwill be a compact, lightweight sportscar powered by a hybrid powertrainâ€.
â€œHybrids have always been seen as niche products, and hybrid car design has mostly been based around practicality and versatility. The CR-Z Concept looks stunning, and shows that green cars can be sexy and exciting â€“ but also minimise environmental impactâ€, said John Kingston, Environment Manager at Honda (UK).
Honda expect to be manufacturing over a quarter of a million hybrids by 2009 with the CR-X expected to become available between late-2009 and mid-2010.