The 2011 Honda CR-Z may not have lived up to all the hype of being the first real hybrid sports car for the masses but the car has still managed to convince judges in this year’s Japan Car of the Year awards, scoring top honors in the annual event.

The award is all the more surprising given some of the cars the CR-Z competed against in this year’s awards. Basically, any newly released or redesigned vehicles released to the Japanese car buying market from November 1 of the previous year to October 31 of this year are eligible.

In this year’s awards, the CR-Z beat out strong contenders like the Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Suzuki Swift, and Volkswagen Polo. As you may recall, the Polo actually took out the European Car of the Year award for 2010.

At the end of the day we do have to give Honda some credit for building the CR-Z; the car after all is still one of the first takes on a sporty hybrid.


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