Honda Malaysia has launched the automatic variant of its hybrid hot hatch, the CR-Z. The car will now be available with a 7-speed Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with Paddle Shifters. The car will come with an on-the-road price tag of RM119,000.
Honda Malaysia says that the CR-Z CVT will appeal to a broader spectrum of people, mostly people who were shying away from the car because of its 6-speed manual transmission. There is no doubting that even ladies will start queuing up for this hot-hatch.
Honda Malaysia managing director and CEO, Yoichiro Ueno said, “Being the pioneer of hybrid technology in Malaysia, we are constantly studying the market to fulfill their demands. As the feedback to bring in the automatic version is overwhelming, we are now proud to introduce this CVT version to the Malaysian market.”
The CR-Z CVT retains the versatile 3-Mode Drive System, which allows the driver to switch the mode to SPORT, NORMAL and ECO depending their driving style and road conditions. Honda Malaysia is aiming at selling 1,800 units of the CR-Z CVT by the end of 2012. To-date, Honda Malaysia has received 1,500 bookings for the 6-speed manual and CVT versions of the CR-Z. CR-Z CVT customers can enjoy a 5-year or 140,000km warranty, whichever comes first, for the IMA battery.
The CR-Z CVT will be available in Premium White Pearl, Storm Silver Metallic, Milano Red, and Crystal Black Pearl.