The eco-friendly sportshatch known as the Honda CR-Z Hybrid was slated for 2010 when we featured it around two months ago, Honda certain hasn’t disappointed us as live shots of the car have leaked from Japan.
For those not familiar with this concept vehicle, it does look abit like the Insight but underhood will be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist technology. Also there will be a six-speed manual gearbox which will be much more entertaining for driving enthusiasts.
Nissan’s second attempt (after the Altima Hybrid) to actually become known as a green(ish) automaker in America? The Nissan Leaf is a four-to-five seat, front-drive C-segment hatchback.
Nissan’s main selling point for the Leaf is not just that its a specialty urban runabout, but rather, it was designed as an everyday vehicle that meets the needs of 70% of the world’s motorists. Strictly speaking, we think Nissan’s perspective has been based upon practicality (though important) more than the needs of motorists in terms of exterior design.
From Nissan’s point of view, Nissan says that fully 80% of US drivers travel less than 100km per day (62 miles), making the Leaf a solid fit for America’s motoring majority, even taking into account power-sapping external factors like hilly terrain, accessory draw, and extreme temperatures.
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Has the recession hit automaker Aston Martin this badly that they need to start making hatchbacks for ordinary people like us? The answer to that is actually no… As you will be able to read from our quick quote after the break, the Cygnet will be an exclusive Aston Martinised luxury hatch.
The Cygnet will definitely look familiar to many, in fact it is a Toyota IQ based hatch due to a recent partnership between the two firms.