Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

If you thought Tom Green’s once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Metallica was awesome, then you better strap on and get yourself ready for the second installment of Honda’s "Live Every Litre" project because it’s going to redefine the phrase ’wet & wild’.

In this episode of Honda’s documentary-style road movie to promote the new CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, the cameras take us to Paris, France - in the streets of Monmarte, to be exact - to meet Kate Rawlinson, or as she is otherwise known, ’Agent Lynch’. In determining which nominee deserved to have their dreams realized, Honda couldn’t have picked a better choice than Rawlinson, who wanted to perform the world’s first guerilla burlesque routine - and do it in public.

Is there really an appropriate way to describe Agent Lynch’s public burlesque show than just letting you people go and watch it for yourselves? Yeah, we didn’t think so, either.

Another video of the ’show’ after the jump.

Honda and Metallica. Metallica and Honda. Not exactly something we normally associate together, do we?

For this occasion though, the automaker and the legendary metal band teamed together to give 24-year old Tom Green an experience of a lifetime. As part of Honda’s ’Live Every Liter Documentary’, Honda invited people to apply for a contest and win an opportunity to live out their dreams. For Green, an environmental consultant, that dream was a chance to attend a Metallica concert in Portugal.

Honda liked his application enough to grant him his wish and even went as far as sending out a customized and graffiti-decked Honda CR-Z to bring Green to the concert, which ended up, as you can expect, with the 24-year old raving about the whole experience."Wow, that was unbelievable, backstage is like a promised land for heavy metal fans, somewhere you always hear about, but never get to experience," he said. "To actually go back there before a concert and meet the guys was something I will never forget. It’s even more awesome because so much of the build-up and event was filmed for the documentary so I will be able to relive it again and again."

Check out the video to relive Tom’s amazing experience and if you want to fulfill something from your own bucket list, don’t hesitate to tell Honda about it. You never know, you might end up being just like Tom Green.

Press Release after the jump

That ’other’ car show - yep, we’re talking about Fifth Gear - has finally returned to our late night viewing and one of the first things they did was bring us up to speed with Honda ’s new hybrid offering, the 2010 CR-Z .

In this video, Fifth Gear brings the viewers - that’s us - up-to-speed with the interesting capabilities of the CR-Z. Comparing it to the Volkswagen Scirocco TDI , Fifth Gear wasn’t a little too happy with the technical specs of the Honda hybrid, saying that it didn’t have the natural spunk and sporting moxy that’s typically associated with Hondas.

While the car does have quite a bit of performance to it, Fifth Gear noticed that Honda decided to highlight the CR-Z’s efficiency more so than its powertrain performance. As such, if you’re looking for a car that can let your inhibitions take off, the CR-Z isn’t the car for you, but if you’re looking for a ride that’s got ’efficiency’ draped all over it, then the CR-Z should definitely be your ride-of-choice.

Nevermind that we don’t understand a single word of this commercial; the new Honda CR-Z is getting prepped for its initial marketing blitz in Japan with a set of new commercials that promotes Honda’s new hybrid car.

In typical Japanese fashion, the commercials border on the quirky side with a touch of high imagination. Then again, we kind of figured that the CR-Z doesn’t really need that much promotion in its native land, especially when news broke out that orders for the CR-Z have already reached 10,000 units in just its first month .

But as they say, you can never have enough promotion for a new product, especially when you have the resources to do so.

Commercial 2 after the jump

Source: YouTube

Hey America, how do you like them Honda CR-Z ’s now!

We remember a few weeks ago a report coming out that US Honda dealerships didn’t want a part of the CR-Z because they felt that it wouldn’t be a hit among its US customers. Well, the folks from Japan seem to have fallen in love with CR-Z after a Wall Street Journal report said that orders for the hybrid car are going at such a rapid pace it’s now ten times higher than what the company expected. Initially pegging sales of 1,000 models a month, Honda is now poised to exceed 10,000 orders for the CR-Z in its native land in just its first month.

Some people attribute that the sudden interest in Honda hybrids can be attributed to growing public discontent surrounding its chief rival – and largest hybrid maker in the world – Toyota .

According to Chris Richter, an automotive analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, "If Honda can gain sales; they are going to promote the brand at the expense of Toyota. They are not blind to the situation.”

See, America. The CR-Z isn’t such a bad car after all. Besides, at this point, would you feel any safer inside a Priu s than you would with a brand-new CR-Z?

We don’t think so.

HKS is a tuner well known for its package for Hyundai Genesis Coupe or Nissan GT-R . But on their latest work they turned the attention to a hybrid model, the Honda CR-Z to be more precisely.

For the CR-Z, the tuner is offering modifications for the exhaust system and the suspension as well as styling upgrades. The Hypermax III coilovers are usually used on high-performance racing machines, but in combination with Advan Racing forged wheels they make from the CR-Z a car suited for any driving situation.

We do not known if they will also offer engine upgrades, but we can hope, no?

Despite the rather cold reception the Honda CR-Z got from US Honda dealers, the sports hybrid is certainly having no problems selling in their local market of Japan.

It was recently reported that the CR-Z already has 7,000 orders in place in Japan, a pretty eye-opening number, given the fact that the car only went on sale a few weeks ago – February 25, to be exact.

The numbers are already surprising by themselves, but it’s even more astonishing because Honda’s annual target of 12,000 units has already reached the halfway point – and a little more – in a little less than three weeks. As a result of the surprisingly immense interest in the car, customers who have already made prior orders will still have to wait at least three months to be able to bring their new sports hybrid car back to their respective homes.

Come to think of it, the success of the CR-Z in Japan shouldn’t be all that surprising so what Honda is looking at now is adding a few more thousand CR-Zs that are headed to the US sometime in the near future.

We don’t exactly see the car itself but apparently, this is the first customized Honda CR-Z being given a serious shakedown in its first testing session at the Suzuka racing circuit in Japan. The whole five-minute-plus video shows a test driver going through the rings in Suzuka on-board the CR-Z.

The CR-Z is powered by an IMA hybrid system made up of a 1.5 Liter gas burning engine combined with an electric motor that provides an additional 14 HP for a grand total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque.

The CR-Z is expected to be on sale sometime in the latter part of the year so we’re going to have to wait a little longer to get on-board the car and see first-hand what it’s really made of. Until then, this video is the best we can do - for now.

You may remember the Honda CR-Z hybrid when it made an appearance last January at the Detroit Auto Show?

Well, even if the car is not on sale yet, Mugen is nevertheless preparing a new customization program that should - at least in theory - make the car look better than it already is despite the engine remaining relatively unchanged.

Among the new exterior modifications the CR-Z hybrid is expected to come in includes an exterior package highlighted by front and rear aprons, a large roof-mounted wing, side skirts, rear diffuser, a new grille with LED daytime running lights and a variety of 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

The CR-Z hybrid’s interior also gets a modification of its own courtesy of a new carbon fiber mirror, unique gear lever knobs and floor mats.

After we have seen the Honda CR-Z at the 2010 Detroit auto show, we have another good new for you. The Japanese company is also preparing a Type-R version of the hybrid car and it will be launched in 2011.

The Type R version will be defined by daytime running lights in the front apron and a black rear diffuser with integrated exhaust pipes, black bonnet, wing mirrors and wheels and an alpine-white paint scheme on the rest of the car.

While the standard CR-Z develops a total of 122 hp, the Type-R version will go up to 200hp. This will be possible thanks to a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that will develop a total of 150 hp and a larger 50bhp electric motor. The result will be a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

The Cr-Z Type-R will debut next year at the Tokyo Auto Show and will go on sale shortly after.

Source: AutoExpress

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