• Aug 25th 2010 at 10:58AM
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European Honda Jazz Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Japanese and European market Jazz Hybrid has been officially unveiled by Honda. The visual alterations from the standard model are slight, apparently down to tweaked bumpers and headlight glass and a unique Lime Green metallic color. The price premium, however, isn't. We're hearing a $4,700 premium over the standard Jazz. Still, that would be the low price baseline in the segment as far as hybrids are concerned in Japan.

The Jazz Hybrid features the same IMA hybrid drivetrain as the CR-Z and Insight, so don't expect Prius-slaying fuel economy numbers, though Honda claims they will be comparable to the smaller CR-Z.

Earlier this month Honda reiterated the fact that there were no U.S. plans for a Fit Hybrid. However, with the Insight and Civic Hybrid in obvious trouble, Honda devoted to hybrid powertrains and the Fit still a popular option on our shores, we wouldn't be surprised if that changed. After all, in December 2006 Honda said there wouldn't be a Fit Hybrid at all. The Fit Hybrid will make its formal debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, but you can have a look at it and the European Jazz Hybrid in the gallery of photos below.

[Source: Honda, Carscoop]
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Honda Jazz Hybrid – Low Emissions and Practicality

August 25, 2010 - The Jazz Hybrid will make its world motor show debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, further demonstrating Honda's continuing commitment to petrol-electric hybrid technology.

The launch of the latest addition to the practical Jazz line-up will mark the first time a parallel hybrid vehicle has been available to B-segment consumers. The IMA hybrid motor and control system are shared with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids, taking advantage of the proven reliability of this important technology. With almost two decades of development and 10 years of sales behind it, the Honda IMA system has proven itself to be a flexible and dependable technology, with over half a million vehicles on the road benefitting from its combination of low emissions and fuel economy.

The new model will feature the same engine as the Insight hybrid, the 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine is combined with a CVT gearbox with an electric motor sandwiched between the two to create a parallel hybrid system. Like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models the Jazz Hybrid will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions.

Much of the Jazz's practicality is derived from its height but despite being taller than the Insight, the Jazz Hybrid manages to maintain fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on comparable levels.

Visually the Jazz hybrid is distinguished from the current Jazz range with revised headlights, with a blue surround, clear rear lights, new front grille, restyled bumpers and a chrome tailgate garnish. The new hybrid will also be available in a range of existing colors plus a bespoke Lime Green metallic.

Inside the cabin is also given a fresh look with darker single color dashboard, which contrasts strongly with the blue lighting of the dials and stereo. The new hybrid is also available with leather trim, the first time this has been available on a Jazz model in Europe. The Jazz hybrid will go on sale in some European markets in the early part of 2011, prices and full specifications will be announced in due course.

Along with Jazz Hybrid, Honda stand will display a special edition of European made Civic, the 2011 model year Insight, CR-Z, the current petrol Jazz, CR-V, Accord and Accord Tourer, as well as the sports touring motorcycle VFR1200F equipped with "state-of-art" V4 engine, and a stylish PCX scooter with lower emission idle-stop 125cc engine.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that grille one of those lighted affairs like Mercury used to use on the old Sable? I wonder if this will be something Honda will add to all their Hybrids

      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting to see all these comments solely about fuel economy from people living in a country which doesn't tax (for company car purposes) or require annual registrations of its cars to be based on the carbon dioxide emissions of a vehicle. Which tends to be one particularly big benefit of a hybrid in countries where such tax regimes exist adn where the Jazz hybrid will in fact be sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MPG? I'd like to see how much it improves on the already stellar mileage of the regular Fit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope that is sarcasm! The current Fit MPG is fairly terrible for the size of the car and the engine. Only 33 MPG highway with a manual transmission and that tiny gutless 1.5L engine? Total joke. A MK.VI Jetta weight hundreds of pounds more, has a 2.5L engine, 50% more power, and gets 33 MPG highway. Also the Nissan Altima is much larger, way better equipped, also has a 2.5L engine and gets 32MPG. There are plenty example of larger cars getting similar MPG to the Fit and also of examples of car similar to the Fit getting much better MPG (hello Ford Fiesta and Cruze)

        • 5 Years Ago
        30.0km/l (as per that brochure) gives 70.56 MPG US (or 3.33 l/100km)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @spin cycle,

        It must be noted that the Fit/Insight/CR-Z's IMA is smaller (and subsequently cheaper) than the Civic Hybrid's, which accounts for the difference in efficiency. Still, if Honda expects the Fit to be comparable to the Insight, than you're likely looking at 50-60mpg in Eco mode in real world driving. Or so I've been consistently seeing. If that were the case, a Fit Hybrid here would make sense, undercutting the Prius by quite a bit. Plus, you still get the utility of the regular Fit. Damn...writing all this out, just makes too much sense not to offer here.

        And if that's the case, the Insight seems redundant and unnecessary except for the fact that it's a vehicle that will raise Honda's corporate efficiency. Again, all of this only really makes sense if they're all selling. So far, the compromises Honda's made with the Insight and CR-Z don't seem to be adding up to what they excepted on the sales side.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Regular fit gets 24km/l with the 1.3l and 20km/l with the 1.5l in Japan.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @ lovrenault

        Damn, 70 MPG. Now that would generate some interest here in the states. To sell well hybrids need that shocking factor, and such a high number is really standing out in the field of 35-50 MPG cars.

        70 MPG is so high compared to every other car here in US market, i think it would generate a lot of buzz in the media as well as public at large.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ ocellaris

        I get 33mpg in city driving. I've gotten up to 44mpg on highway. Honda is really conservative with there mpg figures. Oh, mine is a 5-speed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh wow, thanks!

        How does that compare to the stated mpg of the regular model in that brochure? I can't seem to find it in the pictures
        • 5 Years Ago
        damn it, forgot to add that I'm talking about my base Fit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The brochure shows 30km/l. This may seem like a lot but Japan has their own measuring standards so you can't really compare to US mpg figures.

        For comparison, the Civic Hybrid gets 31km/l in Japan.

        So, just like with the non-hybrids, the Civic gets better fuel economy than the Fit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I already fell asleep, reading this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You like many HyundaiS Fans live his own worlds of fantasys.
      Fantasy number one. Hyundai has past Honda.
      Sold more Sonatas than Accords. NO.
      Sold more Elantras than Civics. NO
      Sold more Tucsons Than CRVS . NO
      Sold more Veracruz than Pilots . NO.
      Sold more Genesis than Acuras. NO.
      Formula one Champion. NO.
      INDY CAR Champion. NO.
      Hybrid car. Ten years later. GNV car No. Hydrogen car no.
      More resale value. NO.
      I offer nine reasons why Hyundai hasnt past Honda, please give me another nine, but
      not the same stupid retoric.
        • 5 Years Ago
        just so you know, most of these "so called" rabid Hyundai/KIA fans are actually paid employees employing a viral marketing campaign on forums. Often their actions are comical. I just read a post by one claiming the Civic Coupe copied the KIA Forte.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the real house wifes of NJ was full of crazy bitch's, but invisible and 0510 have them beat for wacko jobs of the month! This is some good drama from those two ! when is your next show invisible and 0510 ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Memo to all secret Hyundai employees, pay checks will be ready tomorrow after our tea break and our INVASION of plant earth ! LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Darn, I forgot, why don't you two Sherlock's call the CIA, I bet they could use the talent of two skilled people like you two, LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great decision for Honda , dont sold this car in Northamerica. Since Americans are crazys for Hyundai & Kia , why mess with that .
      Since the Koreans discover America to be his tolilet , is wise to keep this fine
      car at home.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL and a fool is born every second they say, hi 05101aufool,

        hey just tell Honda to paint it will Honda's toilet water, as this is one UGLY SOB ! You are right , Honda should keep this over priced hybrid home , because it is not wroth it , when there are far better cars from "Hyundai/KIA" and "Ford" .. Don't hate those 2 automakers because they have past Honda and Toyota in design and reliability..

        The KIA forte is Better then this thing any day .
        The new ford focus is way better then this thing
        The new ford festiva makes this look liek a after thought
        The new Hyundai 2011 elantra rips this thing apart in the stunning looks Hyundai design into this sweet ride.

        You should call your insurance agent and ask him how much more your insurance will cost with a Hybrid . You will be shocked !

        My aunt traded in her Toyota Prius after she noticed her premiums going up every year ( she had no accidents or bad credit ) when she call her agent, he told her they are charging about 15 to 30% more for hybrids over their gasoline counterparts because when in accidents, repair shops are charging more for hybrids to fix as there is more to to fix with their hybrid parts that cost a pretty penny.

        Hybrids are really not all that now with the new focus and elantra ,w hich both get 40 mpg figures!

        Now also her insurance went up because her insurance company had too many claims on Toyota's with the braking problems, though once Toyota figure out what is wrong with all their cars, I guess that will help to lower insurance on toyota owner some!

        I agree totaly with you, Honda should keep this thing home as there is no good value in it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares?! I dont need another hybrid clogging up the freeway...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with the other commenter---seems a bit ugly to me. Strange that they won't release in the US...

      nyc tow truck
      • 5 Years Ago
      The engineers at Honda now days have their heads up their butts so far that they can't hear any of the valid criticisms leveled against their products. They just keep doing what they want to do despite what consumers say. Gee, the Jazz hybrid is supposed to get mileage on par with the CR-Z. The CR-Z gets 39 mpg highway with the CVT. A base Fit with an automatic gets 35. Wow, Honda wants to charge a $4,700 premium to get a boost of 4 mpg? $4,700 will buy a hell of a lot of gas in a regular Fit, and it won't be saddled with the extra weight of a battery and crappy low resistance tires. I used to be a Honda fanatic, but this is just pathetic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With fuel economy worse than the Civic hybrid, I can't really see a big point in bringing this here.

      I have to imagine most people in the US choose the Fit over the Civic because of its lower acquisition cost. Well, a hybrid would jack the entry cost and still would get worse mpg than the Civic hybrid, making it a tough sell.

      I cannot see how Honda could offer the Civic hybrid, CR-Z, Insight and Fit hybrid in the US, it's just too much overlap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee, another crappy "hybrid" from Honda? They've really gone adrift.

      Instead if this, how about sending us a Fit Si?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, Honda really is adrift. Yet another curious decision by Honda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's just plan right out ugly looking with that shield on the front. I could care less about this Piece of crap from Honda! Hyundai, ford ,GM,KIA all have better looking cars with more then good enough mpg on their mid size compact models ranging around 40 mpg!

        I am sure it will be over priced too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree- Honda's decisions of late seem to be haphazard, half-baked and with very little strategic thinking behind it.

        Their solution to everything seems to be "slap IMA on it and send it out the door."

        Where Honda lineups of old used to gracefully lead from one to the other up the price/size/features scale, the bottom of Honda's lineup is a mish-mash of mediocre hybrid offerings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree to infiniti...!

        Honda has clearly lost their decision-making mojo, big time.

        It's interesting to see the passions about it online. I think we all know the incredible potential they had, both in efficiency and in sporting high value cars. They're squandering that potential in each and adding quality problems to make the point. All things being equal, for the first time in my life, I'd pick a Ford over a Honda any day. And I was a Honda fan!
        • 5 Years Ago

        Do you think Honda even has the technology to make a 30mpg Ridgeline? This partial-hybrid IMA half-ass willynilly is a joke---HONDA PLZ MAKE FULL HYBRIDS INSTEAD OF PANSYING AROUND! is what I say. ARG MATEY ME SHIP BETTER HAVE FULL HYBRID SAILS OR TO DAVEY'S LOCKER IT GO!

        On one hand, the discontinued Accord Hybrid had V6 power, and then some, with 30 mpg. It just cost 30k...
        • 5 Years Ago
        in the catalog - if you'd care to look at it -, it says 30 km / l, which is 3.3 l / 100 km and that comes to

        71 MPGs

        if that is crappy for you, you can go ahead and . yourself

        it would be better than needlessly slamming the company that gave us the original hybrid and the original hidrogen cars

        among other things
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'd be great to see a hybrid minivan.

        CUVs already stole all the minivan buyers who would rather have AWD they never use than sliding doors they would. So maybe minivans are still the choice for people with sense, so a hybrid could be a good move.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoa, great to see Honda is successful in putting in IMA without sacrificing the 'magic' rear seat!! Hahaha ....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dear Honda, please stop wasting your money and presumably certain loyal customers' money on ridiculous IMA vehicles. In particular it's friggin' mental to go and ruin the otherwise fun to drive Jazz/Fit by loading it up with a weight increasing and definitely-not-fun IMA system, especially when the car already gets great mileage and could have gotten even better mileage with some new engine and transmission technologies.
        If you're going to install hybrid systems in vehicles maybe consider true dual-mode systems for your larger and less fuel efficient models (Odyssey) that aren't really fun to drive to begin with and drink a lot more fuel.
        P.S. Please bring the S2000 back. K thx bye.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You cannot compare mpgs between Japan and US, they use different ratings systems.

        This car gets worse fuel economy than the Civic hybrid. So when rated properly on the EPA system it's not going to be anywhere near 71mpg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Instead if this, how about sending us a Fit Si?"

        The US isn't getting the Jazz hybrid, so it's a moot point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being an Insight owner who's very happy with its performance, I would disagree with the who claim the IMA system to be "crap".

        And since the Insight is essentially a liftback version of the Jazz, I see no reason why the two shouldn't be offered side by side. It's little different to offering, say, a Corsa and a Meriva with an identical range of engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "... though Honda claims they will be comparable to the smaller CR-Z."

      In other words, 31 city/37 hwy with the manual and 36/39 with the CVT (auto). Meanwhile, the regular Fit is rated at 27/33 and 28/35 respectively.

      So yeah, it's an improvement, but for such a premium with not much that much to gain, what's the point of such a hybrid again?
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