From the official Press Release:
CR-Z stands for ‘Compact Renaissance Zero’– an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.
This design research model of a lightweight hybrid sports car features advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.
The CR-Z will make its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show (27 October – 11 November 2007, Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan).
The CR-Z concept vehicle will be displayed together with a variety of environmental technologies that address environmental issues such as a reduction in CO2 emissions and fun of mobility, nased on the theme “For the endless joy of mobility on our earth”.
Designed to be ‘Futuristic and Dynamic’, the CR-Z combines powerful performance in a compact form with a futuristic image.
For its frontal view, an over-sized grill with a high-performance look is offset by openings on each side that lighten the overall feel.
In the rear, tube-shaped rear combination lamps ensure better rearward visibility.
Design details emphasizing the CR-Z’s advanced image include door mirrors that provide high visibility in a stylish form, LED headlights patterned after luminous bodies to convey a sharp impression, and jaunty fin-shaped sub-lights.
The dynamic appearance is enhanced by large, 19-inch wheels.
The CR-Z’s interior design is based on the Hi-tech and Sports concepts.
"The goal was to create an all-new sporty interior that fuses the liberating feel of airy spaciousness with an advanced interface that brings out the fun of the drive."
Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey "a light, sophisticated image without being oppressive."
In the cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology ensconced in a piece of glass artwork, offering a futuristic and exhilarating look.