Although announced back in 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda’s CR-Z hybrid coupe has failed to hit the production lines till now. But things may change as today we laid our eyes on a leaked Japanese brochure that details the 2010 Honda CR-Z model regarding its engine specs and dealer options such as an aluminium trim exterior package. Speaking of specs, the CR-Z is being powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that outputs 114hp and a motor unit that delivers an extra 14hp. Power to the front wheels is being sent with the help of a 6-speed manual transmission, which also helps the car reach 100km/h in 9.7 seconds and a fuel efficiency of only 4L/100km (58.8 mpg).
As expected, Honda CR-Z will debut in Japan, next year in February, with Europe, North America and Africa to follow suit.
This is up Lite concept from VW. It is Lite on fuel. Using only the faintest whisker of fumes of fuel to go on to a consumption figure of just over 2 liters per 100km.
How? Well the name kinda gives it away. Weighing in at only 695kg it really is Lite. It weighs as much as a stack of feathers because of the extensive use of Aluminium, Carbon fibre and lightweight batteries.
Axon Automotive is determined to make Britain proud as it has readied the country’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the Axon hatchback showcased at the Milton Keynes Science implies that a beginning has been made. By using carbon fibre technologies the new vehicle has managed to reduce kerbside weight and has eliminated the need for a battery courtesy of the plug-in technology.
As far as the emissions are concerned, it is the aerodynamic body which takes care of that along with maximizing fuel-efficiency. Even on the inside, the hatch comes with designer seats made of re-cycled jeans and suits which goes to show that this commuter means no harm to the environment. The final prototype of the hatch should be ready by 2011 with production starting in 2012.
For everyone’s delight, the new Honda CR-Z has been confirmed for an early 2010 release in Japan and Europe, with the Americans getting their hands on it in the second half of 2010. Although showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show with a rear seat, the final version of the Nissan CR-Z will roll out the production lines as a two-seater variant. On top of that, the Nissan CR-Z has sportier lines than the Insight, features a petrol electric hybrid that brings a combination of a 1.5-liter petrol i-VTEC engine and IMA (Honda hybrid system). More to it, the CR-Z is being lauded as the first hybrid car in world with a six-speed manual transmission. Stunning is just an understatement, isn’t it? [via WCF]
The Toyota Sai Hybrid is closely related to the Lexus HS250h, but the hybrid-only luxury model adds a number of styling traits that other Lexus models, don’t. Right from the front fascia to the windows and the rear doors, this petrol electric hybrid is unique in its own domain. The modified front and the rear lighting along with the air vents and the steering wheel on the inside add to that uniqueness. As far as the engine is concerned, the Toyota Sai houses a 2.4-liter petrol engine (150 hp and 187Nm of torque) combined with an electronic motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery (140 hp abd 270Nm of Torque). Together this combination supplies a healthy 185 hp to the car at all times. The Toyota Sai Hybrid will become available across Japan starting December 7.
It is unusual yet pleasing that we will see many hybrid cars and car designs breaking cover at this years’ Tokyo Motor Show. Another addition to the green lineage to be showcased in Tokyo will be the Subaru Hybrid Tourer concept which is basically a design study. This design incorporates many of Subaru’s modern technologies other than just the normal hybrid configuration.
Subaru will use the next generation, horizontally opposed, direct-injection, turbo-charged 2.0-liter petrol engine that will be assisted by twin electric motors. The 10Kw unit at the front will run the electrics and pull the car while going uphill and the 20Kw motor on the rear will power the vehicle when the engine power is not required. Other signature incorporations will include the Lineartronic Contiuously Variable Transmission usage and the signature Subaru AWD. Being a hybrid, it will also use regenerative breaking and the start/stop system to increase efficiency.
Is Toyota keen to delve furthermore on the success of the Prius with a Coupe variant? If the gossip hounds are to be believed, Toyota Prius Coupe is already in the scheme and is slated as a Honda CR-Z killer. For its design it is believed that Toyota will take assistance from Pininfarina or Italdesign. Specs wise, it will include a Prius’ 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with Synergy Drive which will render a modest 98 hp and 105Nm of Toque. Although the engine numbers are not so impressive, the Toyota Prius Coupe would compensate with a 48mpg mileage and an extremely eye-catching exterior. [via carscoop.blogspot.com]
Toyota has finally decided to mass produced its first European C-Segment hybrid variant in the UK. It will be the highly popular Auris that will shun the conventional engine for a greener one and this would happen at a manufacturing plant in Burnaston, in the county of Derbyshire, UK. The production of the car will begin in the middle of 2010 and it will be a full hybrid variant with a lot of UK content.
Toyota is keen to make full hybrids accessible to a larger segment and this development will help foster that approach. The non-hybrid version of the Auris (replaced Corolla) has hit the 370,000 units mark since 2007 and Toyota hopes for a similar achievement once the greener cars start rolling.