Honda CR-Z concept. Click image to enlarge
Tokyo, Japan – Honda will reveal the latest version of its CR-Z sport hybrid concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.
The CR-Z Concept 2009 is the most recent prototype of a production version that will go on sale in the U.K. in 2010. It will be the world’s first sports hybrid car, and the first ever gasoline-electric vehicle to use a six-speed manual transmission.
Honda will also display two new concepts at the show. The EV-N is a small, four-seater battery electric vehicle, inspired by the N360 micro car that the company launched in the 1960s. It features solar panels in the roof which could be used to charge the on-board battery. The EV-N is purely a design study and there are no plans for production.
The show will also mark the debut of the Skydeck, a six-seater hybrid minivan. It is a design study, but an example of how Honda’s IMA hybrid technology can be placed in a range of different cars for different needs. To give the Skydeck the practicality of a conventional minivan, many of its hybrid components, including the battery, are housed in the car’s centre tunnel, allowing for greater cabin space and room for three rows of two seats.