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Honda CRZ is officially launched at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

By Rigval on 17 Jan 2010

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Yes. Honda has officially launched the CRZ at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The specs are as per my earlier posting on the car but one surprising item is the fuel economy of this hybrid vehicle. 31mpg city/38mpg highway are pretty disappointing figures. So if you think you're helping the environment by running one of these babies you're not. A small city car like a Daihatsu Mira or the Perodua Viva would burn less fossil fuel than the admittedly more stylish CRZ. I don't think Honda is trying hard enough. I still have to say that the bad mileage is due to those extra heavy batteries. If you tried lifting the battery of your current petrol powered car you'd see my point.

While the current generation of electric hybrid car batteries are smaller, lighter and more efficient than the average battery of a car, you still need dozens of them packed together and that increases the weight in a car. Hence the lame performance figures and even lamer fuel consumption figures you see published. So fun, sporty, low slung coupe the CRZ is, in certain ways, but not in performance and economy. It looks closer in performance to the Honda Insight, not a Honda CRX. Where's that 2.0 liter VTEC engine, Honda?

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The interior looks pretty Honda to me. The Civic as well as the Hybrid design philosophy is maintained. An interior that would look fresh even after you've owned it for a few years by the looks of it.

As for exterior looks, I find it decent looking at most angles but not in its side profile where the CRZ looks unbalanced. This made me look twice at the picture to check whether I was looking at it correctly. Maybe its the angle in the official photos, but I truly think that the front overhang is ridiculously long for the short wheelbase and the rear looks a little chubby and stumpy. But that chin! It's as if this car was made to plow snow during heavy winters in Alaska. David Coulthard must have been an inspiration for the designers.

I have to restate that these new pedestrian safety features are making cars look like they have too long a chin. For example, look at the Peugeot 407. If they reined in the chin a little or if the car had a slightly longer rear, it would balance the looks better. At least Peugeot is in the midst of changing their design philosophy. I think the pedestrians should look where they're crossing so that designers can design cars that can look prettier and balanced looking again. Back to the topic at hand, I have to view the car in the flesh before I cast my final judgment on the looks.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Jamesgetz Jan 17 2010 10:21 AM
the styling, esp the side profile, of this car leaves much to be desired. the height of the front and rear half looks disproportionate. for the rear half, looks like they just transplanted the butt from the insight (or prius).

the FC figs are indeed dissappointing for a hybrid car and I don't think the century sprint is gonna be impressive either. for a car touted to be a VW scirocco rival, i think Honda will have to work harder in the next model revision...
Dreamwerkz Jan 17 2010 09:38 PM
The interior looks fantastic. The exterior looks ok. The whole styling concept very futuristic. Maybe it will be wiser for them to mate the Civic R18 engine to the IMA in order to overcome the heavy weight of the batteries.
Antlau Jan 18 2010 09:01 PM
The price from the 1st PI that offers the car is very high for me.

Overpriced or reasonable?
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