Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has begun sales of the all-new CR-Z (“Compact Renaissance Zero”) hybrid (earlier post) in Japan on Friday, February 26, 2010. Honda is targeting monthly sales of 1,000 units of the new hybrid.
|1.5L i-VTEC Engine + Ultra-thin DC Brushless Motor (cut-away model). Click to enlarge.|
The CR-Z is Honda’s third hybrid currently in the market, along with the Civic Hybrid and new Insight. The CR-Z represents the sixth unique version of Honda’s original IMA technology since the launch of the 2000 Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available in North America in December 1999.
CR-Z combines a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with a 6-speed manual transmission—the first such on a hybrid. A CVT version features paddle shifters as standard equipment.
The CR-Z offers fuel economy of 25.0 km/L (59 mpg US, 4.0 L/100km) (CVT) and 22.5 km/L (53 mpg US, 4.4 L/100km) (MT) in 10•15 mode; and 22.8 km/L (54 mpg US, 4.4 L/100km) (CVT) and 20.6 km/L (48 mpg US, 4.9 L/100km) (MT) in JC08 mode.
CR-Z is the first model to feature Honda’s three-mode drive system, which enables the driver to choose SPORT, NORMAL or ECON modes depending on the driver’s driving style and/or driving situation such as in the city, on the freeway or on winding roads.