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Honda Confirms Production of the CR-Z and Fit Hybrids in 2010

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Honda has confirmed today that the anticipated CR-Z hybrid and Fit hybrid models will enter production by the end of 2010.

The CR-Z, which looks like a spiritual successor to the much loved CRX is expected to go on sale in Japan in early 2010. The Fit hybrid is expected by the end of 2010. It’s not yet known if Honda is going to bring the CR-Z to the US, but lets hope so!

Honda also announced that the automaker is currently working on a new hybrid system for mid to large size vehicles. It looks like the return of the Accord hybrid could not be far off.

PRESS RELEASE:

Honda to Begin Sales of Two More Hybrid Models in 2010

TOKYO, Japan, July 13, 2009 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to begin sales in Japan of the CR-Z sporty hybrid model in February 2010 and Fit Hybrid before the end of 2010. By combining these two models with the currently available Insight and Civic Hybrid, Honda will further enhance its lineup of compact hybrid models, which leverage the unique characteristics of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), including compact size, lightweight and high efficiency. In addition, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be installed on mid- to large-size vehicles.

Honda also announced that, in addition to the No. 1 line at its Suzuka Factory, the production of Insight also began on Suzuka’s No. 3 line in mid-June 2009, leveraging Honda’s flexible production system.

In order to continue contributing to the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions, Honda will continue to focus on research and development of technologies which improve fuel-efficiency and strive to deliver products with improved environmental performance to as many customers as possible by making such products more accessible to all people.

The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.