Honda has taken the wraps off the 2009 CR-Z Concept car at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show. While the vehicle displayed at the show is the second concept version of the hybrid coupe, the production version that will be introduced to Canada and the U.S. in the second half of 2010. The final product will be introduced as a sporty, 2-seat hybrid that provides a personal driving experience for North American customers.
“The new Honda CR-Z will expand our lineup of hybrid vehicles and reinforce the fun-to-drive values associated with the Honda brand,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc. “Beyond dynamic styling and features, the CR-Z will bring new levels of engagement and fun to Canadians who are interested in a small car or a hybrid vehicle.”
CR-Z will join the Insight and Civic Hybrid in the Honda hybrid lineup, each offering distinct benefits. Civic Hybrid, launched in 2003, was Honda’s first mainstream model to feature hybrid power. The 2010 Insight, introduced in March 2009, ushered in a new era of affordability for a hybrid family sedan. The CR-Z is designed to break new ground as a sporty, hybrid coupe with unique value.
The production version of the Honda CR-Z will unveiled to the world press at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, 2010. No pricing details were available.