Geneva motor show 2010 - Honda CR-Z

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Geneva motor show
Geneva motor show
This is the Honda's CR-Z hybrid, which is making its European show debut here at the Geneva motor show.

What is it?
The CR-Z is Honda's attempt to shake off the worthy-but-dull image of some hybrids with its sporty looks and 'kart-like' handling.

What's under the bonnet?
It's powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. The CR-Z will produce 122bhp and emit 117g/km of CO2. Average fuel economy will be a respectable 56.4mpg.

Haven't we seen the CR-Z before?
The car was originally revealed at the Detroit motor show in January, but this European-spec model has a five-seat layout and LED daytime running lights. It shares many components with the Insight hybrid, but the CR-Z is shorter and lighter.

Honda says the CR-Z has what it calls a '3-Mode Drive System', which allows the driver to choose between three settings that alter how the car responds, including throttle and steering responses.

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