New Toyota hybrid, Honda CR-Z hybrid at Detroit Auto Show

toyota FT-CH
toyota FT-CH
Today was Day 1 of 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and Toyota took the wraps off of their new “dedicated hybrid” concept car.    The Toyota FT-CH concept hybrid may end up eventually wearing the Prius badge – it’s 22 inches shorter than the Prius, and is expected to get higher gas mileage and be cheaper than the current Prius.

Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z
Honda meanwhile is showing off the production model of their CR-Z two-seater sports car hybrid.    At earlier shows, Honda’s presented different designs for the CR-Z – but the model they’re showing now is the one that will hit dealers this summer.   Mileage isn’t great for a small hybrid – 36 city / 38 highway are the numbers that have been thrown around, but Honda is emphasizing the sporty aspect of the CR-Z.   As John Mendel, the executive vice president of sales for American Honda said,  “It’s the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to efficiency and economy.”  The CR-Z combines a 1.5 liter i-VTEC gas engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system.  Overall, the CR-Z will give you 122 horsepower,  and you can get it with a six speed manual transmission, which is a first for a hybrid, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).   Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

If you want to keep up with the latest news out of the Detroit Auto Show, the New York Times  provides a roundup of highlights and news from the Associated Press.

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