One of the few recognitions for a very fun car to drive... Especially with a stick
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Nov. 9, 2010
2011 Honda CR-Z parked alongside a “Field of Dreams” in Central Iowa.
My take? It is a slick looking 2-door coupe that is not only fuel efficient but fun to drive. It also includes a spirit of adventure not usually found in a hybrid automobile.
Honda announced that their CR-Z has been awarded the Car of the Year Japan by the Japan Car of the Year Executive Committee. The Hybrid CR-Z is the culmination of the Fit’s 1.5L i-VTEC engine mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system that provides a driving like no other hybrid on the road while still providing excellent fuel economy.
In Japan the CR-Z with the CVT is rated at 58.8 mpgUS, the same car here is rated at 37 mpgUS combined. The Stick is rated at just 34 combined but is so much more fun
Takanobu Ito, President and CEO, Honda:
We are very proud that the CR-Z has been selected from the strong contenders of new models as the Car of the Year Japan 2010–2011. This award shows that the public has accepted Honda’s aspiration to supply exceptional environmental performance in a fun-to-drive hybrid car at an affordable price, as well as Honda’s desire to spread the joy of owning and driving a car. We also believe that this award for the CR-Z reflects the true value of the combined efforts of our business partners and the many others who supported CR-Z development and production. Going forward, Honda intends to bring more joy to an even larger number of customers.
Through Oct. 2010, 3,349 US Consumers have made the 2011 Honda CR-Z their own.