Honda has confirmed that the CR-Z sports coupe will be built, and it will be a hybrid. This will add to the hybrid range currently comprised of the Insight and Civic Hybrid, and there’s also a hybrid Jazz on the way, which should be here within three years.
The CR-Z concept car made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. Sales of the CR-Z sports hybrid model will start in Japan in February 2010. The date for the start of UK sales of the new hybrid coupe will be released towards the end of 2009.
In addition to the current Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be suitable for installation in mid-to-large vehicles.
Honda also announced that another production line at its Suzuka Factory is now producing the Insight. This extra capacity has been needed to cope with the high level of demand in Japan for the new Insight.
The announcements were made by Honda’s new CEO, Takanobu Ito. Ito succeeds Takeo Fukui as CEO of Honda, having been President of Honda’s R&D operation previously. Like his predecessor, Ito has a background as an engineer and was instrumental in bringing the NSX from concept to reality.
Honda’s new CEO says the company will remain focused on research and development of technologies that improve fuel-efficiency.