During the 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) in World Trade Center Metro Manila last year, the Honda CR-Z MUGEN concept was displayed and left viewers wanting more. According to Tatsuya Natsume, President and General Manager of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., the Honda CR-Z was the real crowd drawer of the Honda booth during PIMS. “At the time of the show we received a number of inquiries about selling it in the Philippines. Even after that, we are still getting inquiries online, at our dealer showrooms and various display events. This scenario gives us the confidence that the Philippine market will warmly welcome the All New CR-Z when it arrives in August, exactly a year after its concept was shown”, Natsume said.
CR-Z stands for “Compact Renaissance Zero”, which represents Honda’s commitment to go back to the point of origin (zero) to take on the challenge to create a new compact car without being bound by the values of traditional coupés. Developed with the concept of “More Hybrid Sports”, the All New CR-Z was created to fuse two ideas: Sport and Ecology.
In addition, based on Honda’s passion to broaden the potential for a hybrid vehicle and enable customers to experience a new kind of excitement with all of their senses, the CR-Z was developed offering three core values – Emotional (emotional look and feel), Exciting (joy of driving) and Smart (environmentally responsible, useful and liberating).
The All New CR-Z uses a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine as the main source of power with an electric motor, Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). The efficient combination of these two enables drivers to have a responsive and exciting driving experience; thus achieving excellent fun-to-drive performance and exceptional fuel efficiency.
To make the goal “to balance fun and eco factors” easier to understand, Honda introduced the “Three-mode Drive System”, which allows drivers to freely shift to SPORT, NORMAL or ECON modes for different driving style and/or driving situations. The system applies integrated control over the engine’s Drive by Wire control, motor assist, CVT shift control, and air conditioner. Honda further pushes the envelope as the All New CR-Z now has an additional selection – the Plus-Sport System or S+ Button option that enables more responsive acceleration to achieve additional fun and excitement while driving.
The All New CR-Z will come in Manual transmission and Continuously Variable transmission (CVT with paddle shifters) options and will be available in 3 variants. Aside from the standard model, HCPI will also offer the All New CR-Z Modulo* variant (with Modulo aero kit) and the CR-Z MUGEN** variant which will be equipped not only with aero kits but also with exhaust system and alloy wheels. The customers can choose from six exhilarating colors: White Pearl, Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Milano Red, and exclusive colors for the CR-Z the Turquoise Blue and Cosmo Flash Violet.
“With two transmissions, three variants, and six colors or a total of 36 combinations to choose from, we are positive that the All New CR-Z will bring a more personal Honda spirit of mobility. Along with other Honda models available, the All New CR-Z is bound to make every journey enjoyable and fun for both driver and passenger,” Natsume said.
The All New CR-Z will have the following price images:
Standard (Manual Transmission) Php 1,400,000
Standard (CVT with Paddle Shifters) Php 1,500,000
Modulo (Manual Transmission) Php 1,500,000
Modulo (CVT with Paddle Shifters) Php 1,600,000
MUGEN (Manual Transmission) Php 2,000,000
MUGEN (CVT with Paddle Shifters) Php 2,100,000
Interested customers can reserve the All New CR-Z in any of the 28 authorized Honda dealerships nationwide starting April 26. Actual deliveries will commence by August 2013. For more details and up to date information about the CR-Z, visit www.hondaphil.com.
*Modulo is Honda’s genuine accessory brand, which is developed in parallel with Honda’s new car development. This assures Modulo accessories with an optimum level of design, functionality and quality unmatched by non-genuine aftermarket accessories.
**MUGEN is well-known worldwide as an engine tuner and parts manufacturer. It develops, manufactures, and sells accessories and tuning parts exclusively for Honda automobiles and motorcycles.