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Comment Of The Day: Honda's Take On Hybrids Edition

Composite by the author
Composite by the author
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Today we heard about Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo’s lukewarm take on the current state of electric vehicles. But it left some thinking, what’s up with Honda’s hybrids?

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Hachigo’s take on EVs (“there’s not enough infrastructure”) has some value, contrary to my colleague Aaron Gordon’s point of view, but the fact remains that, even on hybrid products, Honda’s offerings have been... OK?

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I personally loved driving the new NSX, but sales have been slow enough for Honda to reassign its construction staff to hand-built some TLX sedans for no reason. And the CR-Z, man, remember the CR-Z? I hadn’t either until seeing this comment, but once I did, I was bummed.

Do I have a point here? I’m not sure. But I am here for the discourse, friends. Shoutout to Exage03040 - Red Puck Down for this piece of it.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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I always liked the CRZ, it had similar underpinnings to the Fit, so in theory it could be a pretty great tossable car. The batteries and motors didn’t really add much to it except weight, but they tend to be pretty unloved. Rip out the extra weight and you’ve got a...cool fit I guess