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Honda CR-Z dropped from Australian lineup

January 27, 2015

The sporty little Honda CR-Z has been dropped from the Australian showroom range after reporting poor sales in 2013 and 2014. Honda Australia is also flicking the Civic Hybrid from the lineup.

Honda CR-Z

Despite being a cute and quite advanced vehicle, and one that has no direct competition, it seems consumers just aren’t interested in the CR-Z. And it’s not only Australian buyers. A decision was made last year to drop the car from European and UK showrooms.

During 2014 the local arm sold just 86 examples of the CR-Z, and only 58 during 2013. This is being put down to, at least partly, a confronting entry price of $38,490. For that, buyers get a two-seat coupe with virtually useless rear seats and a small boot.

On the positive side, the CR-Z is a very nice handling vehicle with fluid steering and excellent road holding. It’s also very fuel efficient, offering an official consumption average of just 5.0L/100km (auto). It also looks rather fetching and modern, inside and out.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 99kW and 172Nm. PerformanceDrive has tested the auto version of the CR-Z and it recorded the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.4 seconds.

Honda fans will be disappointed to see the CR-Z go as it was/is the only sports model in the entire range. Fortunately, the local arm will introduce the all-new NSX in the next year or two. Honda also has plans to bring out a range of next-gen VTEC turbocharged engines for its models that we can all look forward to, as well as the new Civic Type R.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.