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Honda touts sporty hybrid CR-Z (photos)

Honda debuts the production version of its hybrid CR-Z at the Detroit auto show. The two-seater is set to go on sale in months.

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Honda hybrid CR-Z

DETROIT--Honda debuted its production version of the hybrid CR-Z Monday here at the North American International Auto Show.

Disclosure: Stephen Shankland's spouse is employed by Tesla Motors.

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Honda CR-Z steering wheel

The CR-Z's steering wheel has abundant controls for music, cruise control, and telephony. To the left of the steering wheel on the dashboard are three buttons that control the driving mode: sport, normal, and economy.
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Honda CR-Z Hatchback

The CR-Z hybrid's trunk has a removable, retractable cover.
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Honda CR-Z hybrid

The hybrid CR-Z resembles a progenitor from the 1980s, the Honda CR-X.
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Passenger view of Honda CR-Z hybrid

The hybrid CR-Z comes with a six-speed manual transmission standard or an optional continuously-variable automatic transmission that gets better gas mileage. In the center of the dashboard is the display used for the optional satellite navigation system.
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Honda CR-Z hybrid engine

The Honda CR-Z hybrid's 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is supplemented with a 10-kilowatt electric motor.
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Honda CR-Z cockpit

The driver's-eye view of the CR-Z's interior.
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Dog's-eye view of the Honda CR-Z

Passengers could be squeezed into the rear of the Honda CR-Z thanks to a fold-up bed, but it didn't look comfortable unless you're a dog.

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