Honda confirmed today that it will begin selling its CR-Z “sporty hybrid” in Japan in February 2010 and the Fit Hybrid before the end of next year. That will expand the second-largest Japanese automakers hybrid lineup, which currently consists of the Insight and the Civic hybrid.
Separately, Honda also confirmed that it is working on a new hybrid system which will be installed into mid to large-sized vehicles. We’re guessing you can get your hopes up for an Accord or CR-V hybrid right about now.
Honda did not confirm when the CR-Z and Honda Fit Hybrid would come to the United States; but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
Click through for the official press release.
Honda to Begin Sales of Two More Hybrid Models in 2010
TOKYO, Japan, July 13, 2009 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans to begin sales in Japan of the CR-Z sporty hybrid model in February 2010 and Fit Hybrid before the end of 2010. By combining these two models with the currently available Insight and Civic Hybrid, Honda will further enhance its lineup of compact hybrid models, which leverage the unique characteristics of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), including compact size, lightweight and high efficiency. In addition, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be installed on mid- to large-size vehicles.
Honda also announced that, in addition to the No. 1 line at its Suzuka Factory, the production of Insight also began on Suzuka’s No. 3 line in mid-June 2009, leveraging Honda’s flexible production system.
In order to continue contributing to the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions, Honda will continue to focus on research and development of technologies which improve fuel-efficiency and strive to deliver products with improved environmental performance to as many customers as possible by making such products more accessible to all people.
The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.
– By: Kap Shah