The Honda CR-Z Hybrid: On Sale in Japan by February 2010

Scott Benjamin

The Honda CR-Z Hybrid concept (Courtesy of Honda)

As a general rule, Mondays aren't particularly exciting. Everyone's back to work or school, and most of us are still trying to put all fun or exciting thoughts of the past weekend out of our mind so that we can concentrate on the tasks ahead. Well, that's exactly what I was doing this morning -- that is, until I read Honda's latest press release. And now I'm back to daydreaming...

Just in case you haven't already heard the news, earlier today, Honda announced that the CR-Z (a car that Honda calls "a sporty hybrid model") will be sold in Japan as early as February 2010 and the Fit Hybrid by late 2010. Maybe I need to say that again: Honda is going to produce and sell the CR-Z as early as February 2010! Yes, yes...I know. This is terribly exciting news for a Monday. And yes, I do know that the press release says "to begin sales in Japan," but I truly believe that this model will eventually make it to U.S. soil. That's pure (irresponsible) speculation on my part, but it just seems right, doesn't it?

I do understand that the Honda Fit hybrid deserves some respect, too, but maybe not today. I'm way too jazzed-up by the notion that we may eventually see the Honda CR-Z on the streets here in the states.

It's rare that I beg for anything, but here goes, anyway: Honda...please build and sell the CR-Z hybrid in the States. We really do need a few good-looking (and sporty) hybrid choices here right now. Yes, I know that there are several hybrids on the way that look and perform considerably better than the Toyota Prius and the new Honda Insight -- like the Fisker Karma, for example -- but I'm a former CRX Si owner, and if this car is half as much fun as my CRX was, that would be enough to have me reaching for my checkbook.

I'm truly sorry you had to be a part of that shameless display. So, are there any other former (or current) CRX owners out there that may be interested in the CR-Z?

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