2011 Honda CR-Z launch, Detroit Auto Show, January 2010
Along those lines the CR-Z is also scheduled to make its European debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. However, the twist to this story is that it is reported to be a 2 + 2 configuration for Geneva. Of course the rear two seats are likely only suitable to children or smaller adults—in other words it a good storage area and probably a good bit of weight added to the car. Other than the daytime running lights (DTRLs), different from the U.S. version by having the addition of 8 LEDs that bring out the lower line of the headlights, the CR-Z is expected to be the same as the U.S. version in powertrain and body design.
Honda claims that the Euro CR-Z will achieve an average fuel consumption of 5.0 lt/100 km (56.4 mpg UK or 47 mpg US). As CarScoop reports, this separates the CR-Z hybrid from the Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe Turbo Diesel by .1 lt/100 km. To make it worse the VW performance figures are bound to be right in line with the CR-Z hybrid. The biggest difference? CO2 Emission. The CR-Z 17 g/km of CO2 less than the VW.
That last statement is the end goal of the hybrid motor vehicle—reduce emissions. So for those consumers that still want a sporty car and a manual shift, we again say that Honda may be capitalizing a market. A niche market, but a market that is only bound to grow with time. Think of the CR-Z as the Miata coupe of the hybrid world.
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