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2010 Toronto Autoshow: Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe

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Khatir Soltani
All-new hybrid model set to go on sale this summer
As reported by Honda

Toronto - The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, making its Canadian production debut at the Canadian International Auto Show, introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment.

"The CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for drivers with a spirit of adventure as well as an elevated sense of responsibility toward the environment," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president Honda Canada Inc. "CR-Z is the first gasoline-electric hybrid car designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to fuel efficiency."

Set to go on sale late summer in North America., the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system. The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Econ (Economy) and Normal driving modes.

The exterior's distinctive "one-motion" wedge form originates from its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance. A side profile with a deeply inset beltline conveys a dynamic tension, while the short wheelbase and large, wide front grille accents the vehicle's athletic presence.

The interior offers a high-tech appearance and ergonomically intuitive controls. Instrument panel meters illuminate with a three-dimensional, vibrant blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance.

The passenger zone of the interior offers an open, comfortable space. Premium sport-oriented cloth seats are designed to provide excellent lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A mid-ship console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space. A hard-shell separator can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available. Standard features on the CR-Z include Vehicle Stability Assist, a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD/USB premium audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth(R) HandsFreeLink(R), automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off, fog lights, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

photo: Michael Wong

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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As a car enthusiast, he tests and compares vehicles from different categories through the eyes of the consumer, ensuring relevant and objective reviews.
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