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Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Joining the new models at Geneva will be the CR-Z Hybrids Sports Concept that gives an impression of the model that will join the Insight and Civic in the Honda line-up of compact hybrids. The production model, which will be based on this sporty 2+2, will offer something completely new to the hybrid market when the production model is launched in 2010. The compact sports concept demonstrates the flexibility of the unique Honda IMA hybrid system, which can be combined with a number of engine and transmission options in a range of body styles.

CR-Z
‘CR-Z’ stands for ‘Compact Renaissance Zero’-an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.

This design research model of a lightweight hybrid sports car features advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.

Exterior design
Designed to be ‘Futuristic and Dynamic’, the CR-Z combines powerful performance in a compact form with a futuristic image. For its frontal view, an over-sized grill with a high-performance look is offset by openings on each side that lighten the overall feel. In the rear, tube-shaped rear combination lamps ensure better rearward visibility. Design details emphasising the CR-Z’s advanced image include door mirrors that provide high visibility in a stylish form, LED headlights patterned after luminous bodies to convey a sharp impression, and jaunty fin-shaped sub-lights. Large, 19-inch wheels give a strong sporting stance and hint at the sporting dynamics of the chassis. The high tail with split level glass, shallow rake of the roof and kamm-style tail evoke the spirit of the CRX as well as linking the design to Honda’s environmental cars the Insight and FCX Clarity.

Interior design
The goal with the interior design was to create an all-new sporty interior that fuses the liberating feel of spaciousness with an advanced interface that enhances driving pleasure. Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey a light, sophisticated image without being oppressive. In the cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology ensconced in a piece of glass artwork, offering the functionality of immediate recognition while enhancing the driving experience with a futuristic feeling.

2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept – Hi-res. Images

2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept
2009 Honda CR-Z Sports Hybrid Concept

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