|Honda CR-Z Concept|
|Predecessor||Honda CR-X (1988-1991)|
Honda Insight (1999-2006)
Honda Remix (2006)
Honda Small Hybrid Sports (2007)
The CR-Z was first introduced as a concept car by Honda CEO Takeo Fukui on October 23, 2007 at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. Fukui further announced that a production model is "in the works" and that the car is intended to be "sporty, incredibly efficient and inexpensive". The CR-Z was first shown in America at the 2008 Detroit NAIAS (North American International Auto Show). Aside from the fact that it will use Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, the specifications of CR-Z's drive train are unknown.
The design and production of the CR-Z follows two other Honda hybrid concept cars: the Honda Remix, introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Motor Show, and the Honda Small Hybrid Sports, introduced at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
According to Automotive News Europe, Honda plans to roll out the production CR-Z in 2009 or 2010, first in Europe before expanding production and distribution to the rest of the world. The CR-Z is expected to cost approximately €25,000 (with higher-trim models retailing up to €28k) and be primarily geared towards the European market. Because of the vehicle's importance on that continent, Mark Turner of Honda UK says that Europe will have a great deal of influence on the final design of the vehicle.
Takeo Fukui's 2008 end of year speech confirmed the CR-Z will enter production "by the end of 2010", and that it will be "a model which offers new value of the 'joy of driving' which only a hybrid vehicle can offer".
- Kwan, Michael (2008-02-20). "Europe Gets First Dibs On Honda CR-Z Hybrid Hatchback". Mobile Magazine. http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/354/C14640/. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
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- Hellwig, Ed (2007-10-23). "2007 Tokyo Auto Show: Honda CR-Z". Inside Line. edmunds. http://blogs.edmunds.com/Straightline/3619. Retrieved on 2008-02-22. "Today at the Tokyo auto show, Fukui presided over the introduction of the CR-Z concept."
- http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/ Honda Future Models+Concepts,
- Squatriglia, Chuck (2008-02-20). "Europe Gets Honda's CR-Z Hybrid Before The Rest of Us.". Autopia. Wired. http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/02/europe-gets-hon.html. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
- "Tokyo 2007: Honda CR-Z". channel4.com. Channel 4. 2007-10-19. http://www.channel4.com/4car/ft/feature/motor+show/11982/1. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
- "Honda CR-Z Production Update". TREND news Agency. 2008-02-21. http://news.trendaz.com/index.shtml?show=news&newsid=1140408&lang=EN. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
- "Honda Confirms Fit Hybrid - and a New Prius-Fighting Hybrid". Inside Line. edmunds. 2008-05-21. http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=126385. Retrieved on 2008-06-26. "Following the launch of its Prius fighter, Honda will introduce another small hybrid based on the CR-Z sports car, which was first shown in concept form at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show."
- "Honda: Mainstream Meets Extreme". Inside Line. edmunds. 2008-06-18. http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=127406. Retrieved on 2008-06-26. "The CR-Z concept is coming to America sooner than you think. ... Honda's U.S. dealers also will get a version of the sporty CR-Z concept..."
- "Summary of 2008 Year-End CEO Speech". Honda Worldwide. 2008-12-17. http://world.honda.com/news/2008/c081217Year-End-CEO-Speech/. Retrieved on 2008-12-23. "The all-new sporty hybrid vehicle based on the CR-Z will go on sale by the end of 2010. This vehicle is being developed to become a model which offers new value of the “joy of driving” which only a hybrid vehicle can offer."
- "Honda CR-Z Keeps The Flag Flying - BBC Top Gear". http://foreman.blogs.topgear.com/2009/02/17/honda-crz-keeps-the-flag-flying/.
- Honda CR-Z – Hybrid Concept Car – Official Web Site (U.S.)
- Official press release
- Honda CR-Z fan site