Honda pulled the plug on the CR-Z in 2016 after six unsuccessful years out there, however the quirky hatchback may make a return.
That’s as a result of the Japanese automaker has filed a trademark application for the CR-Zwith the US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO).
Found by MotorTrend, it was filed on July 29 and has been accepted, although it has but to be assigned to an examiner. Based on the itemizing, the nameplate can be utilized for “car structural components”, and whereas we wish to see a brand new CR-Z in Honda’s lineup, which has suffered deeply lately, as within the strategy of maximizing income they’ve dropped the Civic Coupe, Match and guide Accord, this may not be the Japanese automaker’s plan.
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Certain, a modern-day CR-Z may additional enhance Honda’s gross sales, both with a gasoline-electric or battery-electric powertrain in a two-door coupe or hatchback physique fashion, which is what we’re hoping they’ll do. Then again, they might be seeking to safe the moniker and easily sit on it simply to forestall the competitors from utilizing it.
Based on CarSalesBase, 2011 was the CR-Z’s finest yr in the US, when 11,330 models have been offered. One other 4,192 have been shifted the next yr and 4,550, 3,562 and three,073 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively, alongside 2,338, 705 and 38 in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The CR-Z wasn’t that widespread in Europe both, with 5,704, 4,385 and a couple of,065 shifted in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively, adopted by 696, 301, 32 and 1 in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Priced between $20,295 and $25,090, excluding supply, for the entry-level LX and range-topping EX-L recpectively, the CR-Z had a 130 HP 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electrical motor, and was provided with both a six-speed guide transmission or, optionally, a CVT.