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Mugen Develops Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Design Concept

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 at 12.00AM

MUGEN of Japan has built a CR-Z MUGEN RR design concept to demonstrate MUGEN's capabilities in terms of function, style, performance and agility. The CR-Z MUGEN RR was produced by M-TEC in Japan for show purposes only and there are currently no plans for further production.

The CR-Z MUGEN RR has been created with many bespoke prototype parts, several of which are created in carbon fibre, including the bonnet, passenger doors and rear tailgate. Other features unique to the car include a full length carbon-fibre underbody, a twin central-exit exhaust, vented front bumpers and race-developed suspension. Orange 4-piston monobloc brake calipers and forged 18-inch alloy wheels both complement the vibrant Valencia Orange Pearl exterior paint work.

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First Images of New CR-Z MUGEN Revealed

Thursday, 19 May 2011 at 12.00AM

Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro have revealed the first official photographs of the CR-Z MUGEN - the higher-performance hybrid coupe.

Development of the supercharged Honda CR-Z is on track, with performance figures already looking promising. Early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tune engine have given 0-60mph times around that of the Civic Type R.

After a further 15 per cent increase in power over this 'stage 1' engine and with over 50kg reduced from the chassis, overall performance is set to meet MUGEN's original targets.

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Full Blown Honda Hybrid Charging On!

Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 12.00AM

The CR-Z MUGEN is to be supercharged and deliver around 200PS. MUGEN Euro's tuned Honda CR-Z remains on course for its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

MUGEN has revealed that the high-performance CR-Z hybrid will use a supercharger to deliver over 50 per cent more power and torque from the Honda's petrol-electric drivetrain. The tuned version of the hybrid coupe is expected to produce around 200PS, and 181lb.ft of torque, with significantly enhanced performance throughout the rev range. The car retains the Honda IMA electric motor and the original 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been rebuilt to MUGEN specification with bespoke upgraded and strengthened internal components.

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The Hottest Hybrid Yet

Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 12.00AM

MUGEN Euro is developing a highly-tuned version of Honda's CR-Z, which will deliver Type R-like performance from the hybrid's petrol-electric powertrain - and may offer even better fuel economy. This faster, more powerful car will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

The CR-Z MUGEN will feature enhancements to both the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system to boost power and torque, while bespoke brakes and suspension will be fitted to improve the chassis dynamics.

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Honda CR-Z is Top Gear Magazine's Green Car of the Year

Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12.00AM

Top Gear has crowned the Honda CR-Z their 'Green Car of the Year' in the magazine's fiercely contested annual Awards. This new trophy brings the total to four awards in as many weeks for the world's first sporty hybrid.

The CR-Z's blend of sporty looks, agile handling and good fuel efficiency allowed it to deal with the bustling back streets of the Third Ring district in China to win over the judges at Top Gear.

Top Gear summed up:

Of all the cars we've brought to China, CR-Z is far and away the one I feel most at home with - and most excited about. Compact, accessible and responsive, it's a breeze to drive in this hectic and distracting place.

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The CR-Z is a Triple Winner!

Monday, 15 November 2010 at 12.00AM

Honda's CR-Z - the world's first sporty hybrid - has impressed judges at Stuff magazine, Japan Car of the Year and the RAC Future Car Challenge to collect three top accolades in just seven days.

On Tuesday, the hybrid coupe beat tough international opposition to become Japan Car of the Year 2010-2011. This is the 11th time a Honda car has collected the prestigious honour - making it the most successful manufacturer in JCOTY history.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor, said:

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.

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Honda CRZ wins at the RAC Future Car Challenge

Monday, 8 November 2010 at 12.00AM

The Honda CRZ came first in the 'Most Economic and Environment Friendly Sports HEV' category at the first RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge on Saturday 6 November.

Entrants started the challenge from Madeira Drive in Brighton, finishing at Pall Mall in London. Cars had to be driven around the 60 mile route in reverse, and the mission was to complete the event with the least energy impact. Entries were measured in various modes for the energy used during the drive.

Full results can be found at http://www.futurecarchallenge.com/pages/results.htm.

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3D Launch of the CR-Z Sport Hybrid in America

Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 12.00AM

Honda will hold the first-ever takeover of Times Square in 3D technology to support the American launch of the CR-Z sport hybrid on Thursday 23 September.

The event marks the first time 3D footage will be broadcast in a public area. As a part of the takeover, Honda will run 3D CR-Z commercial footage on the Times Square HD screen and Sony will provide 3D Gran Turismo 5 racing simulators. Additionally, Maxim Magazine models will distribute copies of their special 3D October issue and Honda will sponsor a special performance from chart-topping hip-hop trio, N.E.R.D.

Tom Peyton, senior manager of national advertising, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. explains:

To bring attention to the synergy of sport and hybrid that the CR-Z offers, the advertising campaign relies on a variety of non-traditional elements - like 3D technology - to get the attention of young, potential CR-Z buyers, This 3D experience in Times Square integrates advertising, gaming and music into a single, memorable event.

The Honda CR-Z is already on sale in the UK with prices starting at £16,999 for the CR-Z S.

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Honda CR-Z is one of Europe's Safest Cars

Thursday, 26 August 2010 at 12.00AM

The Honda CR-Z has been rated one of Europe's safest cars, achieving a maximum 5-stars in the latest independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP's rating scheme focuses on the vehicle's overall safety performance which gives consumers an easy to understand single score. The system considers occupant protection in frontal, side, pole and rear impacts, child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.

The rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining many aspects of a car's safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of safety assistance devices (10%). To qualify for inclusion, safety assistance devices (VSA for Honda) must be fitted as standard across 90% of the EU 27 2010 model range.

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Honda CR-Z - official pics

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 12.00AM

Official pictures have been released of the Honda CR-Z concept, the first hybrid with seriously sporting pretensions.

Honda is set to unveil it at this year's Tokyo motor show in late October and, despite the 'concept' tag, Honda sources say that it's nine-tenths production ready and will be in UK showrooms by the summer of 2010.

The powertrain is related to the IMA hybrid system in the insight, but the 1.3-litre is likely to be ditched in favour of a 1.5-litre unit from the Japanese-market Honda Jazz. That unit gives between 110bhp and 120bhp, so expect a power output of close to 140bhp once the electric motor has its say.

The best news of all is that the CR-Z will also be the world's first hybrid with a conventional manual gearbox, the six-speed unit being chosen in favour of the more usual CVT transmission.

When it goes on sale next year, the diminutive front-drive coupe (it's said to be 115mm shorter than an insight, whose platform it uses) will be pitched to compete with the lower end of the VW Scirocco range and the Volvo C30, so expect a price tag of £17k-£19k

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