CR-Z gas-electric hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle highlight next-generation of green cars from Honda



    DETROIT, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - The Honda CR-Z, a lightweight sports
gasoline-electric hybrid concept vehicle, and the FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel
cell vehicle set to begin limited retail marketing in the U.S. this summer,
are bringing some of the most advanced environmental technologies from Honda
to the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

    Honda CR-Z

    Making its North American debut, the Honda CR-Z is a next-generation
lightweight sports car concept equipped with Honda's original gas-electric
hybrid system that achieves both clean performance and a high level of torque.
CR-Z stands for "Compact Renaissance Zero" - an expression intended to capture
the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from
fundamentals. The design research model of a lightweight hybrid sports car
features advanced technologies that deliver elevated driving performance while
reducing the vehicle's environmental footprint.
    Designed to be futuristic and dynamic, the CR-Z combines powerful
performance in a compact form with a futuristic image. For its frontal view,
an over-sized grill with a high-performance look is offset by openings on each
side that lighten the overall feel. In the rear, tube-shaped rear combination
lamps create a powerful presence.
    Design details emphasizing the CR-Z's advanced image include door mirrors
that provide high visibility in a stylish form, LED headlights that convey a
sharp impression, and jaunty fin-shaped sub-lights. Large 19-inch wheels
suggest dynamic driving performance.
    The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor
Show in November and indicates the styling direction for a second, new hybrid
vehicle to be introduced by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The other future hybrid
vehicle, designed to meet the needs of a family and priced below the Civic
Hybrid, is planned for introduction in 2009.

    Honda FCX Clarity

    The FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered
fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform,
and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel
cell stack. Featuring significant improvements to driving range, power, weight
and efficiency - and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated
appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle - the FCX Clarity
marks the progress Honda continues to make in advancing real-world performance
and consumer appeal of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.
    The FCX Clarity will be leased to a limited number of retail consumers in
Southern California with the first deliveries taking place in summer 2008.
While there are no immediate plans for the FCX Clarity to be offered in
Canada, there are efforts underway to showcase it to Canadians as soon as
possible.
    A revolutionary new V Flow platform packages the ultra-compact,
lightweight and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack in the vehicle's center
tunnel, between the two front seats. Taking advantage of an all-new cell
configuration, the vertically-oriented stack achieves an output of 100
kilowatts (kW) - versus 86kW in the current Honda FC stack - with a 50 per
cent increase in output density by volume (67 per cent by mass).

    Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to
improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduction of CO(2) emissions, including
advanced gasoline engines, gasoline-electric hybrids, natural gas-powered
engines and hydrogen fuel cells.

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