2011 Honda CR-Z
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2011 Honda CR-Z

Toronto, Ontario – Making its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto Show, the production version of the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe is scheduled to go on sale this summer, stated Honda Canada.

“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.”

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine with Honda’s compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system. The system delivers a combined peak output of 122 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm (123 lb-ft on CVT-equipped models). Estimated fuel economy ratings are city/highway/combined 5.6/5.0/5.3 L/100 km with CVT and 6.5/5.3/6.0 L/100 km with 6-speed manual.

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.

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.

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