Is Honda about to revive the CR-Z, a short-lived sports activities automobile with a hybrid powertrain? It has simply renewed the trademark on the badge.

Honda could have a brand new CR-Z within the works, with American publication Motor Trend reporting the Japanese automobile firm has filed the mannequin title with the US Patent and Trademark Workplace.

The Honda CR-Z was comparatively short-lived – having been supplied from 2010 to 2016 – and touted as the primary manufacturing ‘sports activities automobile’ with a hybrid powertrain.

Whereas the mannequin wasn’t the quickest car on the highway, it did signify a shift in the way in which individuals thought-about hybrid manufacturing automobiles, with the sensible Toyota Prius being the preferred hybrid at the moment.

It is doable Honda could also be merely defending the CR-Z nameplate from different producers. Nevertheless, it is understood the unique trademark expired three years in the past, elevating questions as to why the trademark utility was filed now.

One other clarification is the Japanese automobile maker may very well be growing a brand new electrified CR-Z scorching hatch.

In 2015, CarAdvice reported on rumours of a new CR-Z based mostly on the Civic, utilizing the Sort R’s engine, and drawing components from the hybrid Honda NSX supercar.

Taking inspiration from the enduring Honda CR-X scorching hatch of the 1980s, the unique CR-Z was praised for its steering, dealing with, and usable torque supply, however was broadly criticised for missing the straight-line pace to be thought-about a real sports activities automobile.