Jump to content
  • William Maley
    William Maley

    Honda To Quietly End Production of CR-Z At the End of 2016

      The end of the line for Honda's sporty-hybrid hatchback

    Honda has quietly announced that the CR-Z would be done after the 2016 model year. Car and Driver received a statement from the automaker that said they will “discontinue CR-Z this year [2016]” as it “significantly expand its sales of electrified vehicles with the addition of two new volume models.” Those models in question are the 2017 Accord Hybrid and upcoming Clarity range.

     

    The CR-Z was launched in 2010 as a 2011 model. The vehicle never really found traction in terms of sales. Its best year was in 2011 with 11,330 models sold. In 2015, Honda only moved 3,073 CR-Zs. Part of the reason dealt with the hybrid powertrain. The CR-Z used Honda's IMA hybrid system that produced 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque (the CVT saw torque drop to 127). This made CR-Z slow. It didn't help the CR-Z didn't fare so well with fuel economy numbers. The EPA rated the CR-Z manual at 31 City/38 Highway/34 Combined.

    Source: Car and Driver

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    I consider this to be another of Honda's recent failures. They have done Hybrid multiple times and always missed what the public wanted, they brought this back and again ignored what the public wanted. Honda seems to be living in the past and not paying attention to the future of what everyone is wanting or doing.

     

    Sad, cute little car, but just  not what the public wanted from day one.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    The original Honda Insight 2-seater, introduced in 2000, was actually ahead of its time and overpriced.  The Civic Hybrid was underpowered and the fuel economy gains didn't compensate for the higher price.  The Accord Hybrid (2005-2007) was pretty pointless....it was a 'mild' hybrid that used the regular Accord's V6 and added an electric motor for a slight boost in power.  They reused the Insight name on that godawful Prius-knockoff (and I didn't think it possible to make a car uglier than the Prius) in 2010.  And now the CR-Z is a goner....

     

    I've owned seven Honda/Acura vehicles (out of 12 total) in my 26 years of driving.  My first car was a 1985 CRX and I later had a 1991 CRX Si just for fun, so I was cautiously optimistic about the CR-Z. Honda has traditionally been one of the most innovative car companies in the world (CVCC and VTEC immediately come to mind).  Why they can't build a hybrid that resonates with the public defies logic...

     

    I wonder if the CR-Z would have sold if it had the 1.5L turbo from the 2016 Civic?  We'll never know....

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I consider this to be another of Honda's recent failures. They have done Hybrid multiple times and always missed what the public wanted, they brought this back and again ignored what the public wanted. Honda seems to be living in the past and not paying attention to the future of what everyone is wanting or doing.

     

    Sad, cute little car, but just  not what the public wanted from day one.

     

    The new 2017 Accord hybrid beats the Malibu hybrid in efficiency, and power, and conceptually the CR-Z is like the ELR, but actually affordable. There's failures everywhere meng.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    On 6/24/2016 at 0:38 AM, Suaviloquent said:

     

    The new 2017 Accord hybrid beats the Malibu hybrid in efficiency, and power, and conceptually the CR-Z is like the ELR, but actually affordable. There's failures everywhere meng.

    The gorgeous Malibu is almost infinitely better looking thou!

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    On 6/17/2016 at 11:38 PM, daves87rs said:

    Only seen a few around here...

    Friends of mine got an obscene discount on a closeout.  I think it was cheaper for the dealer to do that than have AAA haul it off the lot in a couple of years when no one else wanted it.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    On 8/30/2016 at 9:30 PM, A Horse With No Name said:

    Friends of mine got an obscene discount on a closeout.  I think it was cheaper for the dealer to do that than have AAA haul it off the lot in a couple of years when no one else wanted it.

    Nice!!

    • Upvote 1
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • By William Maley
      The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been talked about off and on since its debut as a concept in 2015. But it seems the truck is finally coming to fruition as some new spy shots reveal.
      Compared to the concept which was an extended cab, Hyundai is using a crew cab layout. The bed is quite short, possibly around four to five feet being our guess. Up front, the Santa Cruz gets the same front end treatment as the refreshed 2021 Santa Fe - wider front grille and new headlight treatment.
      Following in the footsteps of the Honda Ridgeline, the Santa Fe will be based on a unibody platform. In this case, the Santa Fe. This likely means power will come from either the 2.4L four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque or turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 235 hp and 260 lb-ft. Our money is on the latter engine. 
      Expect more details to come out on the Santa Cruz before its launch next year.
      Source: Autoblog, Car and Driver

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been talked about off and on since its debut as a concept in 2015. But it seems the truck is finally coming to fruition as some new spy shots reveal.
      Compared to the concept which was an extended cab, Hyundai is using a crew cab layout. The bed is quite short, possibly around four to five feet being our guess. Up front, the Santa Cruz gets the same front end treatment as the refreshed 2021 Santa Fe - wider front grille and new headlight treatment.
      Following in the footsteps of the Honda Ridgeline, the Santa Fe will be based on a unibody platform. In this case, the Santa Fe. This likely means power will come from either the 2.4L four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque or turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 235 hp and 260 lb-ft. Our money is on the latter engine. 
      Expect more details to come out on the Santa Cruz before its launch next year.
      Source: Autoblog, Car and Driver
  • Posts

    • Seems South Korea Battery Giant Samsung is the official battery supplier to Rivian with their Li-Ion SDI battery cells. At the start the R1T will ship with the standard 135 kWH battery pack good for 300 plus miles. Early 2022 the Max pack 180 kWH battery pack for 400 miles as well as the lite pack of 105 kWH battery pack will join the options. Currently Rivian is beating all rivals with the best battery warranty of 8yrs or 175,000 miles which ever comes first. To quote Rivian on their Warranty for their auto's: What is the warranty coverage on a new Rivian? New Vehicle Limited Warranty is included on all new R1S and R1T vehicles purchased from Rivian. New Vehicle Limited Warranties include: Comprehensive: The cost of all parts and labor necessary for any defective materials are covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first Battery Pack: Coverage includes all components inside the high-voltage battery and 70% or more of the battery capacity for 8 years or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first Drivetrain: Coverage includes the drivetrain and components for 8 years or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first Corrosion (Perforation): Body panels that are perforated by corrosion will be covered for 8 years with unlimited miles A full list of warranty coverage will be located in the Warranty Guide prior to production vehicles being available for purchase. What is the warranty coverage on a new Rivian? - Support Center - Rivian Charged EVs | Samsung SDI to be Rivian’s battery cell supplier - Charged EVs I have to say that the OEMs in Detroit as well as Tesla need to pay attention as Rivian is offering a far superior auto warranty over any of them.
    • Steroids             PS:                  THIS is a proper Pontiac Trans Am gif...   
    • I stand corrected. I guess one can... It is more accurate to say: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.   If you look for beauty, you will find it. And by contrast, if you look for ugliness and faults, you will find that too... It all depends on what you want to find.     
    • October 5th, 2020 Hino Trucks, a subsidiary of The Toyota Group Company announced their Project "Z". This was the Company's development plan to offer zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) for class 4 to 8 medium and heavy duty trucks in the North American market with customer demonstrations in 2022 and production starting in 2024. Project Z was a development plan to bring Fuel Cell and BEV to the whole medium and heavy duty product line for customers along side Diesel as the industry started to convert over. The long 5 year plan was expected due to the continued R&D that would be needed on Diesel trucks to meet global emission standards and the development time for fuel cell and BEV trucks. During the Virtual 2021 NTEA Work Truck Show, Hino Trucks announced their intent to produce all class 4 to 8 trucks using Cummins engines for sale in North America. This is the Cummins B6.7 and L9 motors to start being produced in the Hino's L and XL Series models at the end of 2021. Additional models moving forward will come out to cover all truck lines allowing for a much reduced investment in R&D while at the same time allowing Hino to ramp up their efforts to move over sooner to a Zero Emission fleet of trucks. As such, this announcement allows Hino and Cummins to secure long term diesel motor production for existing sales of such trucks and Hino is able to focus on Zero Emission vehicles (ZEV) using BEV and Fuel Cell technology. Hino has now moved up their time line with production of Fuel Cell and BEV trucks in Q4 of 2022 with full production by the end of 2023 rather than the end of 2024. A couple of take aways from both the Cummins and Hino announcements and projects: Hino can shift resources from Diesel R&D to Project Z. Cummins secures long term diesel powertrain commitments. Both OEMs secure a new partnership that helps offset R&D investments. Cummins partnership contracts for diesel powertrain also secures revenue stream allowing Cummins to invest in their own ZEV Powertrains. Both companies have stronger long term growth prospects with this partnership allowing both stocks to grow. Additional commitments by HINO to the battery production industry securing large size battery cell production contracts. Battery suppliers another grow industry to consider. HINO is a very popular truck line used in inner city deliveries as well as the suburbs and rural areas. Having a diverse portfolio of ZEV and Diesel trucks with a solid know power train from Cummins is a win win for Fleet buyers. Hino is lookin to lead the medium / heavy duty truck market in North America as well as around the world being ready for the needs of ZEV solutions while strongly supporting the needs of Diesel fleets. View full article
    • Next status codes to achieve: 4000 : vehicle available to ship 4150 : vehicle invoiced 4200 : order shipped 4300 : intermediate delivery 4800 : vehicle at rail road destination awaiting truck transport 5000 : vehicle delivered to dealer
  • Social Stream

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. 25ThTA
      25ThTA
      (38 years old)
    2. DenCo
      DenCo
      (37 years old)
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • My Clubs

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...