• Nov 21st 2007 at 11:27AM
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click above image for high-res gallery of the 2008 Honda Fit

The second-generation Honda Fit (a.k.a. Jazz in some markets outside the U.S.) has been named Japan's Car of the Year. Reuters reports that the little Honda hatchback beat out such heavyweights as the new Nissan Skyline (a.k.a. Infiniti G37 in the U.S.) and the new Subaru Impreza. Chosen by a 60-member panel comprised mainly of automotive journalists, the Car of the Year award in Japan has gone to Honda five times in the last 10 years. Last year's winner was the new Lexus LS sedan. You can check out the entire list of past winners here on Wikipedia. While we in the U.S. aren't able to purchase the new Fit yet, it's on sale in Japan and flying off the lot. Expected to sell around 12,000 units per month initially, Honda sold more than 20,000 in the car's first two weeks of availability. The new Fit's larger size and smoother looks should help it find a few more buyers in the U.S. as well when it goes on sale sometime next year.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly car? Well fortunately "ugliness" in this case is in direct proportion to its practicality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Have any of you actually driven or ridden in a Fit? My friend (not a car guy) is looking for a cheap fuel efficient car. He test drove the Fit and I sat in the back seat. Impressions...very well designed. It doesn't look cheap except for the size...you know it's cheap...but still 16 or 17k.

      Now the worst part....THE RIDE!!!! This car rides absolutely terrible. I felt every bump, undulation, ridge, pebble and speck of sand on the road. I swear after a 5 minute drive I was actually getting carsick...which totally caught me off guard since I've never been carsick...or even seasick. My friend...who buys nothing but Hondas commented saying "this thing rides like I'm sitting in a wheelbarrow."

      If someone can afford 17k for a new car...why not buy a used car and get more for your money. I just don't get it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, it does ride hard, especially the sport model. Honda went for the sport market with the Fit. The Mazda Protege was pretty similar--good handling, but a bit of a buckboard. The nice thing is that while you do feel every bump, you only feel it once.

        If you want a softer ride, there's at least four other B-segment cars (Yaris, Versa, Rio and Accent) that would suit. What sold me on the Fit was the handling, fuel economy and cargo versatility. I'm also taller than average (6'8", more torso than legs) and most microcars are well set up (high roof, small wheel, no overhanging dash/console) for that kind of body type.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Some of us actually like a little feedback from the road and steering, as opposed to wallowing around in a hopeless marshmallow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm confused because I just read Mazda2 won the same honor? So are there two COTY awards in Japan?

      • 7 Years Ago
      @why not the LS2/LS7?

      The G37/V36 skyline is a totaly new model and doesn't share any parts with the G35/V35.

      The fit has the same engine as the last model so why would you name the fit the best new car of the year just because it has new sheat metal.

      But hou could you know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's wrong with the galleries at Autoblog lately. Clicking "next photo" on the Fit photos sends me to a keyword page (like a page for all the posts tagged "Dodge")?

      • 7 Years Ago
      When they stick their little diesle in this thing it's gonna be a milage champ.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was smiling ear to ear while watching this video. This brings back memories when my dad would give his 69 Impala the beans and I would always try not to smile but eventually give in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope Honda brings the new Fit over sooner than later. How about a Fit Si?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda better get their grill heated up because this thing is gonna sell like hotcakes when gas climbs to unthinkable prices.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that's still one UGLY car
      • 7 Years Ago
      i like the design more than the first one, but now the front end looks very similar to the yaris hatch...
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