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Honda's hybrid coupé to start at €26,630

Hybrid successor to the Honda CR-X goes on sale in Ireland on January 1.

Honda's much-loved CR-X coupé gets a real successor in the New Year with the arrival of the CR-Z. The new two-door car packs a hybrid system into its compact frame for Band A emissions and low fuel consumption. Prices are to start at €26,630.

That's for the entry-level CR-Z Sport, which features 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, electric windows, rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric folding door mirrors, multi-function steering wheel and a stereo with USB and aux-in connectivity.

The GT model costs €29,400 and adds a panoramic glass roof, HID headlights with built-in washer and auto levelling, front fog lights, full leather upholstery with heated seats, a hands free telephone kit and auto wipers and lights.

Honda calls the CR-Z the 'world's first six-speed manual hybrid sports car'. A 1.5-litre petrol engine is mated with the company's established IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid technology, though the CR-Z never runs on electricity alone.

Maximum power, when the engine is assisted by the electric motor, is 124hp, with a total of 174Nm of torque available. This output, and the relatively low 1,147kg weight, contribute to a 0-100km/h time of 9.9 seconds, with a top speed of 200km/h.

Yet the CR-Z's party piece is maintaining good fuel economy and low emissions. On the combined cycle a figure of 5.0 litres/100km (56.5mpg) is achieved, while CO2 emissions are 117g/km. Hence the CR-Z sits in Band A, the lowest road tax bracket.

At the launch of the 2011 Honda CR-Z in Carton House in Co. Kildare, Frank Kennedy, Sales & Marketing Director of Universal Honda said: "The combination of greener low CO2 producing technology, contributing to an annual road tax of only €104, head turning body design and a dynamic drive makes the CR-Z the perfect compromise for the environmentally conscious buyer who enjoys their motoring."

The next hybrid model from Honda will be the Jazz, due later in 2011.

Published on November 8, 2010
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