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2015 Honda CR-Z arrives with a starting price of $20,145

Honda introduced the 2015 CR-Z sports hybrid coupe and announced that the vehicle will be $150 more expensive than the 2014MY. As a result, the 2015 Honda CR-Z starts at $20,145 (6-speed manual), excluding the $790 destination charge.

The vehicle is equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine with Integrated Moor Assist (IMA) electric motor, bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission or the continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. The engine delivers 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque when using the 6-speed manual transmission or 127 lb-ft on CVT models.

When using the manual transmission, the CR-Z returns 38 mpg on the highway, 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg combined. With the CVT, the CR-Z returns 39 mpg on the highway, 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg combined.

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HPD releases supercharger kit for Honda CR-Z, priced at $5,495

At last, the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe can be fitted with a supercharger kit developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD). Available at Honda dealers across the United States, the supercharger kit can be installed on the 2013MY and 2014MY CR-Z and boosts the total output from 130 hp to 197 hp.

Also, the kit will be offered exclusively for CR-Z models equipped with a manual transmission. According to the official press release, the kit includes an HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and an HPD air filter system.

The suggested retail price of the HPD supercharger kit is $5,495 but this doesn’t include the dealer installation. Honda will continue to offer the 5 year / 60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.

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Honda to stop Insight and CR-Z sales in Europe due to poor demand

Because of the weakening demand, Honda will terminate sales of its Insight and CR-Z gasoline-electric hybrids in Europe. The carmaker is selling off its remaining European stocks of the Insight and CR-Z, a spokesperson told Automotive News Europe.  The cars are listed in France and the United Kingdom but are not in Germany, Spain and Italy, according to a check of Honda's Web sites in Europe's top markets.

The pullout means that the hybrid version of the Jazz will be the only Honda model to offer the alternative powertrain, but the Japanese carmaker has said that no decision has been made on whether it would sell in Europe the Jazz hybrid that will be rolled out in 2015.

Honda has sold around 125,000 hybrids in Europe, but recent sales have been performing badly. Honda logged a 62-percent drop in sale sales of the Insight to 1,242 Insights in 2013, a 66-percent plunge in sales of the CR-Z to just 695 units, according to figures from market researcher JATO Dynamics. According to Honda, it sold around 4,500 Jazz hybrids in Europe in 2013 from 7,500 in 2012.

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2014 Honda CR-Z gets a price tag of $21,435

The 2014 Honda CR-Z will be available for just an extra $20 across the range compared to the outgoing range. The small hybrid coupe received some updates last year, with improved interior and exterior styling as well as a boost in power. However, there are no changes to the 2014 Honda CR-Z. The 2014 Honda CR-Z is now priced from $20,785 (including destination) for the base six-speed manual model.

Its hybrid powertrain is coupled with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a 15-kilowatt electric motor to achieve an output of 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can get a continuously variable transmission for a starting price of $21,435, which offers EPA mileage ratings of 36/39 mpg city/highway, an increase from the manual’s 31/38 mpg city/highway.

Furthermore, the CR-Z is also available in EX and EX with Navigation trim levels, which begin at $22,630 and $24,130, respectively. Add $650 to each of these trim levels if you want to get the CVT. The EX comes with HID headlights, a leather-covered steering wheel, an aluminum shift knob, fog lights, and a premium audio system.

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A 2010 Honda CR-Z hybrid has managed to run 100,000 miles in just three years. The vehicle is part of a ten-vehicle fleet comprised of Honda hybrids. The fleet, which also includes Jazz and Insight models, has clocked around half a million miles since 2010. The cars are used on a daily basis. The fleet is owned and operated by Renewable Solutions UK, which designs and installs Renewable Energy Systems for business and domestic customers.

Mike Lowes, Managing Director of Renewable Solutions UK, remarked that Honda hybrids are a perfect fit for their business, mainly due the efficiency of battery power and the many environmental and financial benefits they bring. He remarked that while the fleet is worked very hard every day, they only had to pay for standard servicing and wear and tear costs, and experienced no major breakdowns.

Renewable Solutions UK built its hybrid fleet over the last three years, acquiring the vehicles from Greenacre Honda in Blackburn. Lowes noted that the fact that the company remains with Honda is testament to the trust they have in the brand.

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2013 Honda CR-Z, a two-door hybrid, will receive numerous upgrades, the most significant of which is a boost in performance. The 2013 CR-Z will also get additional standard equipment and a slightly better fuel economy. Its electric motor can now deliver 15 kW from being at 10 kW. This is attributed to the replacement of the 100.8-volt nickel metal hydride battery to a 144-volt lithium-ion battery.

The 1.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine was not modified but the increase in the motor output increases the total power ratings of the CR-Z from 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque to 130 hp and 140 lb-ft. Notably, models that have a continuously variable transmission are limited to 127 lb-ft.

Further modifications include a shorter final-drive ratio, a larger clutch for manual-transmission models, and front and rear fascias that improve the aerodynamics. These modifications all help enhance fuel economy. The 2013 Honda CR-Z has a fuel economy rating of 36/39 mpg (city/highway) with a continuously variable transmission.

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As you may know already, the Honda CR-Z is quite popular in Japan and the model recently received a facelifted version at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. But for those who want even more, Mugen prepared the RZ version of the CR-Z and as expected it will be offered in a limited edition of just 300 units.

Each unit will cost ¥4,494,000 or $57,000 and will come with a special body kit consisting of a new front spoiler, revised grille, new side skits, a new rear roof wing and a new rear apron with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.

The design is completed by the 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high performance Dunlop Direzza Z II tires. Behind the wheels we find the high performance brakes but also a new adjustable suspension.

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At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Honda unveiled the updated CR-Z hybrid and as expected the sporty hatch comes with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. The exterior was slightly modified and features a new front bumper, a revised grille, a new aerodynamic diffuser design and new 17 inch wheels which fill the wheel arches of the GT model.

For the 2013MY, the CR-Z hybrid will offer two new colours: Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet. The interior was also upgraded and features a new colour scheme, while revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage. Under the hood we find an updated version of the 1.5-liter petrol engine delivering 121 PS (outgoing model has 121 PS).

The electric motor has also been improved and now has a Lithium Ion battery (outgoing model has a Nickel-metal hybrid battery) delivering 20 PS (15 kW) – old battery delivered 14 PS (10 kW). The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). With these numbers, the car hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.0 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph or 200 km/h.

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Honda unveiled a reworked version of the CR-Z hybrid coupé before it is presented at the upcoming Paris motor show. The facelifted CR-Z will receive slight modifications to its interior and interior. However, the more major changes are those under the bonnet.

The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and electric motor have been tweaked to offer more power, resulting to an output of 122bhp in the existing car.

Honda will release the full details about its power at the Paris show. Honda has clarified that these revisions won’t make any effect on exhaust emissions, which are presently recorded to be 117g/km.

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Honda’s CR-Z, which was developed with M-TEC Co., Ltd., will be competing with Toyota’s Prius Hybrid race car at the GT300 class of the Super GT racing series. Team Mugen will campaign for the CR-Z. But then, don’t expect the hybrid racer to appear until Round 4 of the Super GT Series. Honda hasn’t released the complete set of details yet.

So far, it has only confirmed that there would really be a race car and that it will be equipped with a hybrid racing system. Hideki Mutoh has been named to be this project’s development driver. He is famous for having competed in the IndyCar Series and the GT500 class of Super GT.

It would take some time before images of the finished project would be released since Round 4 of the Super GT 2012 schedule isn’t until July 30, 2012. Honda said that beginning this year, Honda will enter the GT300 class with a CR-Z that has a racing hybrid system.

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Honda (UK) is working with MUGEN Euro to launch a 130+mph sports hybrid CR-Z, which boasts of Civic Type R performance. This initiative follows a successful program launch at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011. This 175 PS1 "pocket rocket" hybrid has nearly 50 percent more power than the regular vehicle. It marks the strengthening of the engineering partnership between the two companies following the limited edition Civic Type R MUGEN in 2010.

Engineers at MUGEN Euro worked on the 1.5-litre power unit, keeping the 3-button IMA modes. They also added a centrifugal forced air induction system, induction system, charge-air cooler and a MUGEN Euro-mapped ECU. With these features, the vehicle has a remarkable power to weight ratio as well as an enhanced torque helping to deliver 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds -- over 3 seconds quicker than the regular vehicle.

According to Head of Honda (UK) marketing Martin Moll, the "MUGEN Euro magic" has developed a "super responsive yet eco-conscious model building on our sporting credentials."

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Mugen, Honda’s in-house tuning arm, has doused all hopes that we will see the CR-Z Mugen RR edition on the roads. Mugen explained that this car was only made for show purposes and that there are no plans for more production. Last July, Mugen debuted the new design concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Mugen said in a statement that the CR-Z Mugen RR edition concept was only made to show off MUGEN’s capabilities when it comes to function, style, performance and agility.

It also said that the CR-Z Mugen RR featured numerous bespoke prototype parts, some of which were built from carbonfiber such as the bonnet, passenger doors and rear tailgate.

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The Honda RR Edition, which is based on the MUGEN CR-Z concept, made quite an impression at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It surprised the visitors since it wasn’t divulged that Honda was working on a prototype for a model that’s built for racing, dubbed the MUGEN CR-Z Concept RR.

Honda CR-Z MUGEN RR Concept attached the “RR” logo to its name, which stands for MUGEN racing spirit. Honda wants this car to be perceived as being drastically different from CR-Z.

MUGEN seeks to make the most of the supercharger and IMA system. MUGEN has been able to attain flat power and torque curves throughout the rpm range to enhance drivability and to improve fuel efficiency further. Weight was also reduced to enhance handling and acceleration performance. The other modifications include the use of carbon composites for the bonnet and doors, the elimination of the rear seats, and the shift to full bucket seats.

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The MUGEN version of the CR-Z hybrid has been hyped extensively but only recently have pictures of this model been released. There also aren’t many details available about it yet since this project is ongoing. So far, the first tests have been very promising when it comes to the performance and fuel consumption.

Tests made earlier on a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and given a mid-tune engine show that it can have an acceleration time from zero to 60mph (0-98 km/h) that’s comparable to the Civic Type R due partly to supercharging.

This means that it has a sprint time that’s somewhere in the mid six-second range. MUGEN said that this was achieved by adding 15% more power to the engine compared to the ‘stage 1’ level of tune. Even with the big wing attached to its back, the car is lighter by about 50 kilograms (110 lbs).

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Expect the arrival of a highly tuned version of the Honda CR-Z hybrid from MUGEN Euro very soon. The CR-Z MUGEN is expected to deliver Type-R-like performance and possibly better fuel efficiency. This development from MUGEN Euro will feature improvements to its 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system for enhanced power and torque as well as bespoke brakes and suspension for better chassis dynamics.

The anticipated revisions in the CR-Z’s engine, exhaust and induction may possibly lead to better fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions in certain conditions – although final power, torque and fuel economy figures have yet to be known as the CR-Z MUGEN is still in the early development stage.

MUGEN Euro will aim to lower the vehicle’s overall weight by using lightweight components, including a carbon fiber bonnet and cut unsprung mass by employing MUGEN alloy wheels. MUGEN Euro will also try to enhance the CR-Z’s aerodynamics and give it a more sporting look by installing MUGEN body parts like front and rear bumpers, and a spoiler.

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Sources say that because of strong buyer feedback and the steep drop-off in domestic sales, Honda will be fast-tracking the production of its hot turbocharged CR-Z. Sources told Autocar that the vehicle will be offered in two guises -- a 160bhp and 200bhp version. It’s possible that the production version will debut as early as next December at the Tokyo show.

A turbocharged 1.6-litre unit will power the vehicle. This unit offers the performance of a 2.0-litre engine due to its forced induction and Honda’s patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system.

The CR-Z is offered only with one engine: a hybrid that consists of a 102 hp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 10 hp electric motor. 

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Honda announced that at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, which will open its doors from January 14 it will bring automobiles and motorcycles (including display vehicles), power products, racing vehicles, and other products.

The most interesting creation will be the one made by Honda Access Corporation, company’s manufacturer of genuine Honda aftermarket parts and accessories, which it will introduce the TS-1X test study model based on the CR-Z.

Moreover, the manufacturer will also display accessorized production automobiles and motorcycles as well as a variety of specially designed vehicles in order to show the playful nature of customization. Some of these creations are the Freed Spike caravan car, the Acty Truck and the Enepo generator special coloring editions.

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After subjecting the Honda CR-Z to several tests, Consumer Reports concluded that the vehicle is reliable but is not recommended due to its long list of drawbacks. The two-seat CR-Z is derived from the Insight, a five-passenger hybrid hatchback that also scored very low on its tests. Consumer Reports said that the CR-Z has received several improvements.

It observed that the interior isn’t obviously cheap and its handling is far better than the Insight’s. It also noted that the CR-Z's manual transmission is crisp and easy to shift and its fuel economy rating of 35 mpg is satisfactory.

But its shortcomings are far too many and severe to be ignored. For instance, the handling of the CR-Z is short on steering feel, which is also seen on other recent vehicles from Honda.

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As part of plans to heighten the appeal of the Honda CR-Z in key world markets, the carmaker will equip the compact coupé with an all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine option. The CR-Z is currently only offered with one engine option: a hybrid that features a 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 14bhp electric motor.

CR-Z is expected to get an all-new turbocharged 1.6-litre powerplant that is currently being developed at Honda’s Tochigi R&D centre. The new engine is an essential part of a downsizing program initiated at Honda. This engine is also meant for the Jazz, Civic and Accord. This engine is meant to offer the performance of a typical 2.0-litre engine from a capacity of only 1.6 litres.

It features forced induction and Honda’s patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system. According to Autocar sources in Japan, the new engine will probably come in two versions: a standard 160bhp model and a highly tuned 200bhp version meant to match the now defunct 2.0-litre VTEC engine in the Civic Type R.

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The EFR turbochargers for three of Honda Performance Development (HPD)’s projects will be supplied by BorgWarner. These projects are the following: the 2011 ALMS LMP2 engine, the CR-Z Racer and the CR-Z hybrid R concept car. With BorgWarner's technology, the cars’ performance will surely be improved but Honda seeks to keep its fuel consumption at a low level.

In a statement, BorgWarner revealed that its new turbochargers use last-generation components, including Gamma TiAl (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels, ceramic ball bearings, stainless steel turbine housings and internal wastegates activated by BorgWarner's compact brushless actuator.

The company revealed that twin EFR turbochargers will be fitted on the 2.8-liter V6 LMP2 engine that will make it to the 2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Intercontinental Cup competitions.

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