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Honda's CR-Z collects top accolades

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Honda's hybrid coupe, CR-Z, has scooped three major awards from Stuff magazine, Japan Car of Year and the RAC Future Car Challenge in less than a week.

The vehicle has been named Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) 2010-2011, beating strong international competitors. It is the 11th time that Honda has bagged the award, making it the most successful car maker in the history of JCOTY.

At the Stuff Gadget Awards, the CR-Z earned its place as the Eco Gadget of the Year.

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge awarded the CR-Z the Most Economical & Environment Friendly Sports HEV trophy, further bolstering the model's eco-friendly credentials.

The accolades, which follow the What Car? Green Awards' Best Sports Car for the CR-Z, are other feathers in the cap for the vehicle.

Fraser MacDonald, editor-in-chief at Stuff magazine, said: "The Honda CR-Z looks great, and it feels great to be in. It's also relatively small and light, so - for an unethical minute or two - hit the 'Power' button and work the manual gearbox, and it'll go like a little rocket. Plus - and this is the icing on the eco cake - normal people can afford one."

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