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Honda says CR-Z proves that hybrids are stylish


Hybrids don't have to sacrifice looks to be environmentally friendly -- they can be muscular and stylish, too. That's the message Honda hopes to send at this month's Tokyo auto show with its new gas-electric hybrid CR-Z.

"This is something rivals can't offer," Tetsuji Morikawa, a Honda Motor Co engineer, said of the sports car, whose sales date is promised for the "near future."

The CR-Z has maintained "the essence of the sports car" while still delivering good mileage and less pollution, he said.

Hybrid vehicles tend to be bulky, compared to sleek sports cars, because of the size and complexity of the hybrid systems.

The CR-Z will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public on Oct. 27.

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