The Wall Street Journal reports that Honda Motor Co. will launch a CR-Z hybrid sports car along with a hybrid version of its Fit compact car by the end of 2010. Both hybrids will be introduced in Japan, but the CR-Z will eventually be sold in the U.S. and Europe.
Honda’s new Insight hybrid – considered an affordable vehicle at $20,000 – has reportedly become a best seller in Japan. In the U.S., it recently received poor marks from Consumer Reports, which criticized its ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration and rear-seat access. Out of 22 current hatchbacks and small wagons rated by the magazine, the Insight ranked 21st.