We have to consider the fact that the vehicle has only been on sale since February 25. So in about three weeks, the CR-Z achieved over half of its planed sales target of 12,000 units for the current year. Of course this is not good news for everyone - for example, the customers who have pre-ordered the car will now have to wait more for their cars to arrive.
It will be interesting to see what the CR-Z can do on the U.S. market, where it is expected to go on sale late this summer. Honda has set a U.S. sales target of 15,000 units for the current year.
Now, about that development plan... Honda chose to market the CR-Z (Compact Renaissance Zero) as some kind of successor to the CR-X, a sporty compact, which was produced form 1983 to 1991 (the car had two generations). So, the CR-Z ditched the “all green” image promoted by other hybrids, becoming a nimble hybrid.
The car is powered by a petrol 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine working together with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist electric system. The system delivers a combined output of 122 HP and 128 lb-ft (174 Nm) of torque. Honda offers a six speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). However, the car isn’t all about dynamics, and we’re not talking about the components that make it “eco” - the CR-Z rear suspension uses a low-cost H-shaped torsion beam instead of a multi-link layout.