Price: To be announced CO2: 117g/km
And you thought a ‘sports hybrid’ was a contradiction in terms. Honda has an illustrious past in small sports cars and a lot of expertise in hybrid technology. So why not bring the two together? The CR-Z has a 1.5-litre petrol engine matched to Honda Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) battery technology. The whole system produces 91kw/174nm – about the same as a 1.8-litre Civic sedan. The CR-Z is the world’s first manual-transmission hybrid – the six-speed, three-pedal gearbox sticks with sportscar tradition. The IMA system is claimed to provide extra responsiveness by providing extra battery boost at low revs, giving the CR-Z a similar feel to a turbocharged car. The driver can choose between Normal, Econ and Sport modes. Each alters the responses of the throttle, steering, climate control and the level of assistance provided by the IMA system. The styling evokes the classic CR-X sports car – especially the split-level rear glass hatchback and raked roofline.