Honda to Discontinue CR-Z – “Final Label” Special Edition Announced in Japan

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

We were ready to turn out the lights and call it a night when we received word from Japan that Honda will discontinue the CR-Z Hybrid at the end of this year. The official word was issued in a press release from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. that also announces a new “Final Label” special edition for Japan.

CRZFE1The press release says that CR-Z was launched in February 2010, offering sporty driving performance and excellent fuel efficiency as a hybrid car. Since then, the automaker says that 4 million units have been sold worldwide. However, it has been decided to end production at the end of the year.

CRZFE3The Final Label special edition includes cosmetic touches with “CR-Z Final Label” logo embroidered in the setbacks trimmed with Black Combi Lux Suede® fabric, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, and a “CR-Z Final Label” logo aluminum console plate.

CRZFE5Honda says it will offer a choice of five exterior colors: Brilliant Blue Metallic, Premium White Pearl, and Premium Yellow Pearl, with two-tone combinations of Yellow/Black and Blue/Black.

CRZFE4The unchanged 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist drives the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Prices for the Japanese market begin at ¥2,800,000 (about $26,300), with extra charges for paint selections, plus “consumption tax.”

There’s no word regarding plans for the U.S. market CR-Z, but we would guess that if production is ending in Japan, it will likely be phased out here as well to make room for new models. 

For more information, visit the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. consumer website CR-Z page.

Note: Models, features, specifications, and prices apply to Japanese market vehicles and are subject to change without notice by the automaker.

News source and photos from Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

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