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Honda introduces CR-Z in Japan

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The first generation hybrids were called boring and bland and whatnot, so Honda’s latest take on hybrids aims to change the way the world looks at the next-generation hybrids. To change this conventional thought stream that refuses to mix environmental friendliness and fun, Honda introduces the CR-Z hybrid sports coupe. It stands for ‘Compact Renaissance Zero’, packing in a 1.5 litre i-VTEC Honda engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) – essentially a hybrid system – to make it sure it goes pretty well, is green and is fuel-efficient. A claimed 25 kpl from Honda is pretty good, though nothing to blow the mind. What does in fact blow the mind is the styling – deeply cool, futuristic and sharp as a tuxedo.   And now, onto the sporty side of things. To cater to the enthusiast in you, it has the world’s first six-speed manual tranny fitted to a hybrid car and SPORT/ECON/NORMAL driving modes. You can also order one with a CVT auto transmission and paddle shifts. SPORT mode preps up the steering, gear ratios and throttle response. Meanwhile, ECON mode, as you’d expect, puts you into economy mode, giving you maximum kays to the litre.

Honda’s CR-Z comes to Japan first, then, to the rest of the world. India launch? No news on that front yet, though if you cross your fingers and pray every night to the Eco Gods, maybe…just maybe…