Honda PH releases CR-Z Final Edition; won't confirm if model is on its way out

The writing is on the wall
by Dinzo Tabamo | Jul 12, 2016

Honda Cars Philippines' marketing department must be working overtime. We had just uploaded our story about the new Civic Modulo variants when a new e-mail arrived in our inbox. However, this was a bittersweet press statement.

HCPI has officially announced the availability of the CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition. It’s the same CR-Z we admire, with a black roof, black side mirrors and a black tailgate that nicely contrast the paint. The only differences are black leather seats and a Final Edition sticker on the body.

Orders for this special CR-Z will only be accepted by HCPI until July 31, 2016, and the prices are the same: P1,440,000 for the six-speed manual, and P1,530,000 for the CVT.

Given the “Final Edition” label of this variant--not to mention the stories around the web about Honda ending CR-Z production--it’s safe to assume that the sport hybrid’s days are numbered. Nonetheless, we asked HCPI if the CR-Z is in the twilight of its model life span. The company replied saying it doesn’t know if this is truly the end for the CR-Z.

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Reading between the lines, we lament the loss of the CR-Z because it was the purest expression of Honda’s sporty DNA. Imagining the new 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC installed in this lithe body gives us goosebumps.

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We were also hoping the drastic change happening in the government right now would finally enact the alternative fuels law, and give hybrids like the CR-Z the fighting chance they deserve. But now it looks like the CR-Z is going the way of the Toyota FJ Cruiser--beloved but past their time.

Better go to your Honda dealer ASAP if you’re thinking of getting a CR-Z.


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