Honda has announced that the CR-Z sports hybrid will be available for sale in Japan from January of next year. First unveiled as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007, the two-door sports hybrid is powered by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, which combines a small gasoline engine with supplementary power from a built-in electric motor.

The futuristic-looking CR-Z (which, in case you’re wondering, apparently stands for “Compact Renaissance Zero”) is the latest addition to Honda’s compact hybrid line-up. Along with the four-door Insight and Civic Hybrid, Honda is also planning to introduce the hybrid IMA system into the Jazz (also known as the Fit) over the next few years.


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In the meantime, Honda says it's also working on a hybrid drive chain more suitable for medium and large vehicles. And, of course, we’re still eagerly waiting to hear more about when the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity is likely to move into mass-production.

Pricing details for the CR-Z have not yet been released in Japan. However, the company has indicated it will provide details of when the CR-Z will be available in Europe by the end of the year.

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