We'll give you a moment to gather yourself.
Of all the brand new cars we can think of that were introduced over the last decade or so, few are as bewildering as the Honda CR-Z. Here was a model that came about just before the tipping point in the mainstream uptake of hybrid drive, promising to be the environmental-friendly alternative for eco-conscious driving enthusiasts. It all sounded too good to be true. Unsurprisingly, it was. That's why we weren't shocked to learn that Honda is officially pulling the plug on its little hybrid that couldn't.
The CR-Z has been on the slow march to death since its launch. Honda only managed to average around 6,000 sales per year in the US since the car's launch. The hybrid hatchback was phased out in Europe three years ago and is on its way out in Japan as well. We could discuss the reasons why the hybrid failed for days on end. We won't do that, but here are a few things that did it in: niche appeal, fuel economy figures that failed to impress, pricing on par with a Ford Fiesta ST even though the CR-Z was scarcely any more practical than a Honda Fit, and so on. While the hatch is very deserving of being discontinued it's still a bummer that it's happening. The CR-Z was one of the most intriguing cars in recent memory.
History may end up being far kinder to the Honda CR-Z. Indeed, you could argue that the hybrid hatch is similar to the Citroen SM and NSU Ro80. Those two cars brought about interesting new innovations to mainstream motoring, yet would only be truly appreciated for them years after they were given the axe. We're reaching a stage now where hybrids are becoming more and more commonplace, and a petrol-electric sports car with a few strands of NSX DNA in its makeup would be a pretty sweet platform through which to trickle down some high-end tech to a more mainstream audience.