WHAT was the original CR-X ? ANSWERS
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No, it was from a Honda internal-circulation only yearbook which I managed to convince an ex-Honda staff to lend to me but which embarassingly I am extremely reluctant to return to him (for obvious reasons). It was a chapter on HRA (Honda R&D America). It said that first proposals of the CRX model go back to the end of 1979 (supposedly the whole R&D staff numbered only 11 at that time, with 8 involved in cars). It was supposedly also the time of the 2nd oil crisis.
Anyway, the code was 50M which meant "50 miles to the gallon" (~20km/l) and that one of the goal was the ability to make a round trip run from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single tank of gasoline.
Then this part :
The concept was to be a sporty car, small a light and yet simultaneously roomy.
Apparently 2 proposals were originally submitted, one for the 2door coupe form and another a long-roofed hatchback. The actual selection was for the long-roofed hatchback. But luckily for us, HRA at that time did not have the facilities or ability to create mockup models so assistance was sought from the Wako R&D Center in Japan. It was this step which led to the creation of the CR-X by the Wako R&D center in Japan.
So as you can see, the original 50M concept was actually for the Civic hatchback -NOT- the CRX. I.e. the original plan for that economy but sporty model was the Civic hatchback. But as luck would have it, the need to get the Wako center involved led to the creation of the CRX by the Wako center at the same time. The Wako center created the CRX as a sporty coupe right from the beginning.
Interesting right ? No-one was totally right or wrong at any time and it all depends on how we interpret history and how much information we really had. Everyone is right in our own way. BTW, Honda has always treated the CRX and Civic as within the same model line so even in Japan they always calls the line-up 'Civic (+) CR-X'. The original 120ps 1.6l CRX (JDM version) was spec'ed by Honda Japan to do 0-100kph in 8+ seconds.