[TMS] Honda 'CR-Z' Hybrid Car Focuses on Driving Performance

Oct 25, 2007
Keisuke Ogawa, Nikkei Automotive Technology
Honda expressed the CR-Z's sporty concept with the large radiator grill and sleek press lines on the sides, etc.
Honda expressed the CR-Z's sporty concept with the large radiator grill and sleek press lines on the sides, etc.
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Honda Motor Co Ltd has showcased the sporty design "CR-Z" hybrid car that focuses on driving at Tokyo Motor Show.

"Hybrid automobiles have only pursued fuel economy and environmental performances thus far. We considered the market needs a sporty model that achieves both environmental and driving performances," said Tetsuji Morikawa, an engineer of Design Studio, Honda R&D Co Ltd that designed the CR-Z.

Honda expects to win over not only drivers who have experienced sports cars before but also the "young minivan generation who have never tried a sports car before," Morikawa said.

The body measures 4,080 (l) x 1,780 (w) x 1,280mm (h), and the wheelbase is 2,500mm. To ensure handling and responsiveness, Honda kept the vehicle compact. The company has yet to reveal specifications of the hybrid system and the powertrain including the engine capacity.

"We are developing the CR-Z concept automobile toward its future commercialization," Honda said. Honda had previously announced a plan to launch a hybrid vehicle in 2009, but "That will be a different model from the CR-Z," the company explained.