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Honda's latest entry into the hybrid car market was unveiled in final production form in Detroit today.  The 2011 Honda CR-Z coupe will go on sale in North America beginning this summer.

The two-seat CR-Z uses a 122-horsepower 4-cylinder 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that generates up to 128 ft-lb of torque with a manual transmission.  That number drops to 123 ft-lb when using the CVT.  The engine is mated with a 10-kW electric motor running off a 100-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the trunk.

Top speed and sprint times have not yet been released.

With kinetic energy recovery and regenerative braking the vehicle is estimated to achieve 31/37mpg with the manual, or 36/38mpg with the CVT.  Automatic start/stop also helps conserve fuel, as does the three driving modes ("sport," "econ," and "normal").

The car comes standard with the six-speed manual gearbox, which also includes hill assist.  A paddle-shift CVT will be available at a higher cost.  All CR-Z models will get a sporty suspension, comprised of a MacPherson strut unit up front and H-shaped torsion beam at back.

16-inch aluminum wheels come standard, though customers can opt for 17-inch alloys.  The wheels surround ventilated front discs (solid in back), which hook up to the antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution.

Dual-stage front, front-side, side, and side-curtain airbags are all standard, as are active head restraints.  Other standard equipment includes a USB capable CD/radio with six speakers, climate control, power windows and locks, and cruise control.  Stepping up to the EX trim level adds high-intensity discharge lighting, fog lamps, a premium stereo, Bluetooth, and leather-wrapped wheel.  EX purchasers can add a sat-nav.

Honda officials refused to release pricing information for the 2011 Honda CR-Z at the NAIAS, but said it will be similarly priced to the $20-$23k Honda Insight.  More details will be revealed closer to this summer's market launch.

Gallery: 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Makes Production Debut in Detroit

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