NAIAS: 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe

The 2010 North American International Auto Show witnessed the introduction of several long-awaited models, including the 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe that will hit US stores this summer. The hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system, with maximum power going all the way up to 122 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque between 1,000 and 1,500 rpm.

These figures are slightly lower if the car comes equipped with a CVT: 123 lb-ft of torque, according to Honda.

The final fuel consumption and emission data is not available for the time being, but preliminary figures are pointing to 36 city/38 highway mpg on CVT-equipped model and 31 city/37 highway mpg for a manual transmission.

In standard form, the car boasts a six-speed manual gearbox, 16-inch aluminum wheels, dual-stage front, front-side, side and side-curtain airbags, USB capable CD/radio with six speakers, climate control, power windows and locks, and cruise control. Depending on the version or options the consumers chooses, the car can also be equipped with high-intensity discharge lighting, fog lamps, a premium stereo, Bluetooth, and leather-wrapped wheel and satellite navigation.

Pricing is yet to be disclosed but voices close to the matter said the CR-Z Sport hybrid coupe is likely to be priced in the same range with the Insight.

"The CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for people with a spirit of adventure and an elevated sense of responsibility toward the environment,"
said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "It's the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to efficiency and economy."
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