Honda has confirmed production of its first hybrid sports car – the CR-Z
Honda announced plans to begin sales in Japan of the CR-Z hybrid sports car in February 2010 and a Fit hybrid before the end of 2010, joining the Honda Insight and Civic hybrid.
The CR-Z will be powered by Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), also found in the Insight and Civic hybrids.
The CR-Z will likely be influenced by 2007’s concept car which made its debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. The 2010 CR-Z is expected to make its world debut at this October’s Tokyo Motor Show.
The new model is currently being designed and engineered in Europe, its expected key market, and is rumored to feature a 140hp (105kW) peak power rating from its hybrid drivetrain.
Honda claims the CR-Z sports hybrid will feature “advanced technologies which deliver enjoyable driving, while reducing the car’s environmental footprint.”