AutomotiveNews.com reports that Honda is trying to push the limits of what a hybrid vehicle can be. The company’s new CR-Z is a sporty two-seater on August 24 for less than $20,000, creating a potentially attractive option for new car buyers looking for a fun and sporty hybrid alternative without breaking the bank.
Honda has been able to keep the costs down on the CR-Z by integrating the engine and the bulk of the Integrated Motor Assist system from its Insight hybrid hatchback. The car is available with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission option.
The performance has been enhanced with several featured. Honda made the car as light as possible by reducing weight in various areas, including the 16-inch wheels and forged aluminum front suspension parts. Drivers can also toggle between a “sport” and “eco” mode to increase power or fuel efficiency.
In an attempt to shake up its Accord line, Honda has introduced the Crosstour, a midsized hatchback meant to be a cornerstone to the brand. However, initial leaks of pictures and other information about the car last September led many people to question its aesthetics. Was the Accord Crosstour going to be a hit, or an ugly misfire by Honda? The car is now available, and several major reviewers have had a chance to drive it. The consensus? It’s not as bad as first thought.
Detroit Free-Press: “Honda created the Crosstour to be a flagship model for its popular Accord midsize sedan. It’s an intriguing decision, given that Americans don’t generally like big hatchback cars. The Crosstour isn’t likely to change that, despite a roomy and practical interior, plenty of power, good fuel economy and more standard features than the sedan. Badly fitted interior pieces, a limited field of vision and prices that encroach on luxury models weaken the Crosstour’s appeal. The Crosstour’s bulbous rear styling is polarizing.”
Gearlog: “Did somebody beat the Honda Accord Crosstour with the ugly stick, if only on the outside? That’s been the pre-launch knock on what is actually the cheapest and most cost-effective of the upscale, fastback, crossover utility vehicles and it offers plenty of mainstream technology. The Crosstour is a fine $30,000 people mover and cargo hauler for those who don’t need the size of an SUV or the soccer-mom aura of a minivan: empty nesters and families just starting out. The four people who sit comfortably inside also have the advantage of looking out, not in.”
Popular Mechanics: “If absolute utility is the main criteria for selecting one of these tall wagons, the Toyota Venza offers more cargo capacity and greater hauling capability in a taller crossover package. But if driving fun is the larger part of the equation, the Crosstour is the more engaging partner. ”
We got the spy pictures of the latest 2009 Honda City, click here to see it!. But AutocarIndia had published a computerized version of it in their Issue. The Honda City is said to launch in November 2009, which is getting quite close. But we are still waiting for the clear official picture of the Honda City. The news was that it will be released in August. It is August now! and where are the pictures?? I think we gotta wait a little more. Until then take a look at the pictures below.
The All new Honda City.. So, what do you think of it? what i see is more of watermark than the car. Anyway from the pictures i saw from Autocar Magazine, i was impressed. The car looks amazing, like a mini Civic. All thanks to the guys at Team-Bhp. Even though the Watermarks had ruined the car.