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2013 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Gets Performance Enhancements, Fresh Styling and Host of Feature Upgrades

MARKHAM, ON (July 2, 2013) – The 2013 Honda CR-Z is now on sale in Canada, with a host of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades adding to its sleek appeal and sporty handling. More power from an all-new Lithium-Ion battery pack improves performance while also improving the CR-Z’s already impressive Transport Canada fuel economy ratings. Styling upgrades include revised interior trim along with a new front fascia, a new finish for the 16-inch alloy wheels, available 17-inch alloy wheels, an aerodynamically functional new rear diffuser and a new exterior colour –  Premium Energetic Yellow.

Standard features on all 2013 Honda CR-Z models include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control. To give drivers even more access to the CR-Z’s performance capabilities, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is also equipped with a new Plus Sport System, which allows additional on-demand electric boost via a steering wheel-mounted “S+” button.

With a starting MSRP of $22,6451, two CR-Z models are offered for 2013, including the well-equipped base CR-Z and the feature-rich CR-Z Premium. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available. The up-level CR-Z Premium adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, Auto-On/Off High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRL), a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with seven speakers including subwoofer, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z Premium also includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 with voice recognition and an SMS text messaging function.

The improved horsepower and torque on the 2013 Honda CR-Z does not come with a fuel-economy penalty, as the new, more powerful Lithium-Ion battery pack helps boost Transport Canada-rated fuel economy figures by 0.2 L/100km city for CVT equipped models, and 0.2 L/100km highway for CR-Z models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

Summary of Changes for 2013
•    Revised front fascia styling
•    New 16-inch alloy wheel finish (available 17-inch alloy wheels)
•    New rear diffuser
•    New Lithium-Ion battery pack
•    Increased horsepower and torque
•    New Plus Sport System
•    Revised interior trim
•    Standard Expanded View Driver's Mirror
•    Standard Bluetooth® Audio
•    Standard rearview camera
•    Standard Blue LED brake lights
•    Available SMS text message function
•    Available LED daytime running lights (DRL)

Powertrain
The CR-Z hybrid powertrain is a unique variation of Honda’s original IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) technology, which debuted on the 2000 Honda Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available for sale in North America. The system in the CR-Z utilizes a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system’s DC brushless electric motor.

The hybrid CR-Z’s electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the new Lithium-Ion battery pack. The gasoline engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve efficiency. When starting on steep inclines from a stop with the manual transmission, hill start assist temporarily prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards during the moment between releasing the brake, depressing the throttle and releasing the clutch.

For 2013, assist from the electric motor has jumped from 10 kW to 15 kW, thanks to the new higher voltage (144-volt) Lithium-Ion battery pack. The CR-Z now delivers a combined peak output of 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), a gain of eight horsepower and 12 lb-ft of torque (4 lb-ft on CVT equipped models). Manual-transmission versions also receive both a larger clutch and a new lower final drive ratio.

Even with better performance, Transport Canada fuel economy3 ratings for the 2013 Honda CR-Z have improved. On CVT-equipped models, the city/hwy/combined rating is improved to 5.4/5.0/5.2 L/100km3, while models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission see a fuel economy rating of 6.4/5.1/5.8 L/100km3, an improvement of 0.2 L/100km highway.

To help drivers make use of this improved performance, a new Plus Sport System is standard on the 2013 Honda CR-Z. If the battery is more than 50 percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 30 km/h, the driver can activate this feature using the “S+” button on the steering wheel. When activated and the accelerator is pressed, electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to five seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the Plus Sport System is active. The Plus Sport System can be used in Econ, Normal or Sport modes.

Enhanced 3-Mode Drive System
Activated via three backlit buttons to the left of the steering wheel, the CR-Z’s 3-mode drive system allows the driver to choose among three individual performance modes:

•    Sport mode enhances engine throttle responsiveness, electric power steering effort and the electric motor power assist.
•    Normal mode standardizes steering, engine response, motor assist and air conditioning settings.
•    Econ mode can increase the potential for enhanced fuel efficiency by optimizing throttle angle for smooth acceleration, lower engine rpm and limiting power and torque by approximately 4-percent (except at wide-open throttle). It can also reduce the air conditioning’s overall load on the engine and modify the cruise control to operate more efficiently.

Body
The CR-Z’s “one-motion” exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance, with its side profile’s deeply inset beltline adding a dynamic element. For 2013, a new front fascia and mesh grille help widen the presence of the CR-Z, and this effect is increased by the new “floating” lower front spoiler lip. New brighter chrome plating on the headlight assemblies tinged with blue clearcoat hint at the CR-Z’s hybrid powertrain. The new rear diffuser mimics the floating lip of the front spoiler while also improving aerodynamic performance and the lower portion of the tail lights receive the same blue clearcoat treatment. Exterior colors include Premium White pearl and Premium Energetic Yellow

Chassis
The CR-Z’s front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. 2013 CR-Z model comes standard with new darker-tinged 16x6-inch aluminum wheels with finished spoke tips and 195/55R-16 tires, while the Premium Package comes with17x7 alloy wheels with 205/45R-17 tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. The low vehicle height, short wheelbase and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area further contribute to a low center of gravity and responsive, sporty handling. Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enhances steering performance and improves efficiency.

Interior
A high-tech appearance and intuitive controls define the CR-Z’s newly revised interior. For 2013, interior changes include new metallic trim on the door pulls and latches, centre console, speaker grilles and lower steering-wheel spokes. The inner door panel has been redesigned to provide easier access to the storage space, with the horizontal bar on the speaker housing eliminated, and a bottle holder added to the pocket. The door-pad trim has also been upgraded with a new, more upscale lamination.
The CR-Z’s ultra-modern instrument panel gauges illuminate with a 3-dimensional blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance. The upper portion of the dashboard extends toward the driver to provide a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium sport-oriented seats are designed to provide firm lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A mid-ship console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space, and a hard-shell separator can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

The CR-Z comes standard with a 6-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player, and all models include a USB audio interface4 for connecting an iPod®5 or other compatible audio device. Other audio features include speed-sensitive volume control and CD/MP3 text readout. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a newly standard rearview camera further expand the CR-Z’s appeal.

A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 is standard on the CR-Z Premium package and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera display. For 2013, CR-Z Premium package adds NAVI, an SMS text messaging function. The navigation system database includes more than 7-million points of interest and integrates the audio system, while the voice recognition feature is capable of inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 600 commands.

Safety
The CR-Z demonstrates a commitment to safety in its design and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include: standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints and an anti-lock braking system (ABS); and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.

The Honda CR-Z earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

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1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the CR-Z Premium in Canada. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
3 Based on 2013 Transport mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
4 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
5 iPod not included. Compatible devices include fifth-generation iPods and later and iPod Nano.

Third-party trademarks: The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.