2010 HONDA CR-Z CONCEPT CAR
Honda announced that the CR-Z (a car that Honda calls “a sporty hybrid model”) will be sold in Japan as early as February 2010. Honda will further enhance its lineup of compact hybrid models, which leverage the unique characteristics of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), including compact size, lightweight and high efficiency.
In addition, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be installed on mid- to large-size vehicles.The launch date of the new hybrid coupe on other markets will be announced towards the end of 2009. Though the vehicle will continue to use the same 1.3 L VTEC engine found in Honda's Insight, it will have a more powerful electric motor, giving the car a total of 130 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Insight delivers 98 hp. The car should be able to go from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds and get an average fuel economy of 55 MPG.
Ito also confirmed that Honda will be producing a hybrid version of the Fit by the end of 2010. "I think everyone is going to go the way of hybrids," said Ito. "Bringing hybrids quickly to customers will be a major focus of our activities. I want Honda to be a speedy company."
The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.
Furthermore Ito said Honda was also developing a larger hybrid system using 2 electric motors, similar to GMs 2-mode hybrid system. This will be used for larger vehicles, trucks, and SUVs.