Latest Stories

Honda’s sport hybrid soon to hit PH shores


Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) announced that its CR-Z “sport hybrid coupé” would soon be available for retail in the Philippines.

HCPI president and general manager Tatsuya Natsume said in a statement that the company has been receiving a lot of inquiries about its hybrid car concept since last year.

The Japanese manufacturer’s automobile business unit in the Philippines presented the Honda CR-Z Mugen concept during the 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at the World Trade Center Metro Manila last year.

During the event, it was the CR-Z that drew crowd to the Honda booth, Natsume said.

“At the time of the show, we received a number of inquiries about selling it in the Philippines. Even after that, we are still getting inquiries online, at our dealer showrooms, and various display events. This scenario gives us the confidence that the Philippine market will warmly welcome the all new CR-Z when it arrives in August, exactly a year after its concept was shown,” Natsume said.

CR-Z stands for “compact renaissance zero,” which represents Honda’s commitment to go back to the point of origin (zero) to take on the challenge to create a new compact car without being bound by the values of traditional coupés.

In designing the CR-Z, Honda engineers decided to fuse two ideas: sport and ecology.

HCPI said the All New CR-Z uses a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine as the main source of power. It also uses an electric motor—Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist. The efficient combination of these two enables drivers to have responsive driving experience and exceptional fuel efficiency.

The car has a “three-mode drive system” that allows drivers to freely shift to sport, normal or economy modes for different driving styles or driving situations. The system applies integrated control over the engine’s “drive by wire” control, motor assist, CVT shift control and air conditioner.

The CR-Z also has the plus-sport system or S+ Button option that allows drivers to have more responsive acceleration.

The CR-Z will come in manual transmission and continuously variable transmission (CVT with paddle shifters) options. It will also be available in 3 variants—Standard, Modulo, and Mugen).

The CR-Z will be retailed at various price points ranging from standard (manual transmission) at P1.4 million to Mugen (CVT with paddle shifters) at P2.1 million.

Honda officials said interested customers could make reservations for the CR-Z in any of  the 28 authorized Honda dealerships nationwide starting on April 26.

Actual deliveries will commence in August 2013.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: automotive industry , Business , CR-Z hybrid coupe , Honda

  • Meow Ming

    pics or it didn’t happen.

  • superpilipinas

    Heard about Volvo KERS? Google it……Better than Hybrid.

    • josephacheng

      KERS?! Sounds like something from F1!

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • Sports

  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Lifestyle

  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • Marketplace