Thursday, January 14, 2010

2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe On Sale Late Summer

The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z two-seater sport hybrid coupe coming to the U.S. market late this summer was my second pick for best debut in Detroit, behind the Ford Focus. Critics ask who will buy a two-seater car? I asked myself that same question in 1978 at age 23 and, guess what, I took the plunge and drove a two-seater for 10 years with no issues. I sold it on the day my first child was born. Most of us drive alone most of the time and the empty nest baby boomers may want some fun in an environmentally-friendly sports car.

The 2011 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 122 horsepower 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda’s compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist hybrid-electric system. Expected MPG is 31/37/33 miles per gallon (City/Highway/Combined). The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Econ (Economy) and Normal driving modes.

We'll get price and other details closer to launch late this summer.