Honda CR-Z Gathered 7,000 Orders In Japan

It seems like Honda’s development plan for the new CR-Z is paying off. The company announced that it has already received 7,000 orders for the car on the Japanese market.

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.
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