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CR-Z Gas-Electric Hybrid and FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle Highlight Next-Generation of Green Cars

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).

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