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Honda Plans Hybrid-electric CR-Z Sportscar

The CR-Z comes with a new hybrid system developed by Honda whose breakthroughs allowed designers to get around previous packaging restrictions to achieve its lean cutting-edge look.

Published: 10-Oct-2007

TOKYO (AP) -- Hybrids don't have to sacrifice looks to be environmentally friendly -- they can be muscular and stylish, too. That's the message Honda hopes to send at this month's Tokyo auto show with its new gas-electric hybrid sports car CR-Z.

"This is something rivals can't offer," Tetsuji Morikawa, a Honda Motor Co. engineer, said of the CR-Z, whose sales date is promised for the "near future."

The vehicle has maintained "the essence of the sports car" while still delivering good mileage and less pollution, he said.

Hybrid vehicles tend to be bulkier than sleek sports cars because of the size and complexity of the hybrid systems, which include a battery, motor, engine, converter and other parts. They're usually not known for their torque, acceleration, handling and innovative design.

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