2011 Honda CR-Z Debut

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Honda was the first car company to launch a hybrid in the U.S. in 2000, beating the Toyota Prius by a few months. The 2000 Honda Insight was futuristic looking, got amazing fuel economy but was limited by its limited seating and lack of any real cargo capacity. Honda eventually canceled the Insight and their Accord Hybrid which left them with one hybrid vehicle, the Civic Hybrid.
Honda seems to be getting back into the hybrid game with their debut of the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe. It is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid-electric system for a combined peak engine output of 122 HP.
The CR-Z won’t move on electricity alone. Rather, the motor acts as a power boost when needed and helps the CR-Z achieve 36 city/38 highway MPG when ordered with the optional CVT. When equipped with the standard manual transmission models are anticipated to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 city/37 highway MPG.
The 2011 Honda CR-Z combines the sporty look and functionality of the old Civic Si with the proven and well-loved hybrid system from the Insight. Pricing has not been announced.

Watch the press debut of the Honda CR-Z at the Detroit Auto show:

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