CR-Z Concept To Make European Debut at Geneva
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The Geneva Motor Show sees the European debut of the ‘Futuristic and Dynamic’ CR-Z design research study.
The CR-Z demonstrates that an environmentally responsible hybrid vehicle, can also deliver a dynamic driving experience. While thouroughly pursuing the reduction of weight, CR-Z features a dynamic yet sharp exterior design that makes people want to get in and drive.
The front aspect of the design is dominated by an over-sized grille flanked by sharp edged slots to feed air to the front brakes. The aggressive grille is complimented by the slimline but penetratingly bright LED headlamps and driving lights set into the leading edge of the splitter. From the side the CR-Z’s sportiness is accentuated with a rakish profile and large 19-inch five spoke alloys, wrapped in low profile, semi-slick tyres. Finally the rear of the concept stands out, with its near horizontal rear window leading to an abbreviated Kamm-tail style and finishing with a vertical glass panel. The CR-Z uses minimalist LED lights and a centre exit exhaust pipe to show the forward thinking nature of the concept.
The interior of the CR-Z focuses predominantly on the driver, with minimalist information displays and buttons. The mesh theme of the seats is carried over to the dashboard contrasting strongly with the glass and Perspex finish of the remaining dashboard and centre console. The ambience is enhanced by the glass roof, which floods the interior with light.
In addition to Civic Hybrid, Honda will introduce a new dedicated hybrid vehicle in 2009. The new dedicated hybrid vehicle will be equipped with a newly developed lightweight and compact IMA (integrated motor assist) system and offered at a more affordable price level base on Honda’s efforts to significantly reduce cost. The worldwide sales plan for this vehicle is approximately 200,000 units annually.
A new sports hybrid, based on the CR-Z, will be sold globally. With this enhanced hybrid product lineup, Honda envisions that hybrid models will account for approximately 10% of Honda’s global automobile sales by around 2010.