Tokyo 2009: Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coming to North America Next Year

Tokyo 2009: Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coming to North America Next Year

Honda announced a production version of its CR-Z hybrid concept will be introduced to North America in the second half of 2010.

As the second version of the CR-Z concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show, Honda announced the production version will be a sporty 2-seat hybrid, the first hybrid car set up with a manual transmission.

Power for the CR-Z comes from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. This 200cc of added displacement over the 1.3-liter engine found in both the Civic Hybrid and Insight should help put more of a focus on performance.

The production version of the CR-Z will debut in January at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

GALLERY: Honda CR-Z Concept


  • Rob

    Great looking car – plenty of discussion going on at

  • mike

    My 2006 Honda Insight has a manual transmission. Honda offered a 5-speed for years in the first generation Insight.

  • Magius

    It is cool looking, but why kill the 2+2 seater for NA? The rest of the world is getting it… I was looking forward to this car until that piece of news came out. Think of the insurance rates for a 2 seater, even if it is a hybrid.

  • Damian

    This is just bad reporting. I have a 2000 Honda Insight (First year of the first hybrid produced for the US market) With a manual transmission, the auto transmission wasn’t even offered in my year (CVT was offered instead in 2001).
    Edit please.

  • Thomas

    I purchased the Honda Insight this year’s car is fine. Only some plastics cool. combustion is really little to 5.3 L per 100 km. I am the last 6500 miles that I ran. audio equipment I had to rebuild the whole factory was very ill done. I think that in the CR-everything has been improved with