Honda expands hybrid lineup

Published on July 14th, 2009

After long last Honda has finally answered to the writings on the wall and confirmed that its CR-Z hybrid concept that was previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007 will be hitting the showrooms at the dawn of next year. Additionally, the Fit, dubbed the Jazz here will also get Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system in it for the end of 2010.

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The sporty CR-Z and the Fit Hybrid will be fine additions to Honda’s green lineup of hybrid vehicles and are true testaments to the characteristics that govern the Big ‘H’ hybrid vehicles such as compact size, lightweight and high efficiency that are currently only available on the Insight and Civic Hybrid.

However, Honda are certainly looking beyond the short term of its IMA system and is in the midst of developing a hybrid system that will be able to power its mid to large range of vehicles. It might not be too long a wait before we start to see Accord Hybrid at the next set of traffic lights.

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As the CR-Z has been touted as the green replacement for the evergreen CR-X, it will definitely incorporate advanced technologies that provide the driver with a sporty feel behind the wheel. Now considering that with the IMA system in place, the battery pack might throw a curve ball or two in setting up the car’s ride to give it some precise handling and chuckability.

With a little bit of input from the Type-R perhaps we could finally see a worthy successor to the CR-X and with any luck it’ll land on our shores soon enough. The Fit Hybrid will almost certainly make it here as the Jazz Hybrid although we can’t really tell until the launch.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Honda

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