Earlier this month, Honda said that it had taken 7,000 orders in Japan for the new CR-Z hybrid hatchback, which went on sale at domestic dealers on February 25. Honda had originally planned on selling 12,000 units of the CR-Z annually in Japan.
Today, Honda announced that it has received more than 10,000 orders for the CR-Z hybrid after a full month on sale, 10 times more than its monthly sales target.
The Japanese automaker said that it expects to sell 40,000 to 50,000 units of the CR-Z worldwide. North American and European sales will start this summer, so we’re looking forward to see how well the CR-Z sells internationally.
Refresher: The 2011 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC mated to Honda”s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. It produces a total of 122-hp and a maximum torque of 128 lb-ft when mated to manual transmission (123 lb-ft for CVT models). Fuel-economy is estimated at 31/37 mpg (city/highway) for the manual model and 36/38 mpg for the CVT model. Sales begin in the second half of 2010.
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