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European Honda Jazz Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda has told us it will not be producing a Honda Fit Hybrid for the U.S. market, but it also once told us that there will be no Honda Jazz Hybrid. What you are looking at above is exactly that – an EU-market Honda Jazz with a gas-electric drivetrain. The new, more verdant model is set to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, and Honda has just released an expanded array of images and more details about the eco-minded hatch. While the Japanese automaker hasn't divulged the car's full specs, there are a few things we do know:
  • Interior space remains largely uncompromised, as the battery pack and other hybrid hardware is under the trunk floor.
  • The IMA mild hybrid motor and control systems are shared with the Insight and CR-Z.
  • Just like the Insight, the Jazz Hybrid utilizes a 1.3-liter gasoline engine under the hood.
The U.S. 2010 Honda Fit model is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, and we expect the Fit Hybrid to push that urban rating up by more than a few notches. Sadly, this new model remains unlikely to make it to North American shores.

[Source: Honda]

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Honda Jazz Hybrid, Fully Flexible

*Jazz/Fit Hybrid keeps same interior cargo level as non-hybrid models.
*Motor and control system shared with Insight and CR-Z.
*1.3-liter i-VTEC paired with electric motor.

The world debut of the Jazz Hybrid at the Paris motor show will offer the first opportunity to see that Honda has added IMA hybrid technology to the innovative hatchback while still retaining the flexibility of its unique folding Magic Seats.

Importantly in the Jazz Hybrid the integration of the hybrid system into the car has not diminished the interior space, with the boot floor remaining at the same level as the current 1.2 and 1.4 Jazz models. The IMA battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, keeping the normal boot (above floor) area of 300 litres and allowing the Magic Seats to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions. This means that the seats still fold entirely flat to provide a surprising large boot space of 831 litres or the seat bases can be folded to sit vertically to accommodate tall items within the car.

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 Jazz Hybrid will feature the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC as the Insight hybrid and despite its taller, more flexibility focussed shape, the new car has CO2 emissions of a similar level at 104 g/km* according to internal Honda tests. 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 and this contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of just 4.4 l/100km*.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The US gets screwed again. This is how you go green, America. Lawmakers need to get these fuel-efficient, small cars to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can easily average 50mpg (US) in my Insight. There's no reason the Jazz shouldn't be capable of the same, if not better, numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops. mis-read of the MPG. excuse me
        • 4 Years Ago
        not sure what you are talking about.. we already have Fit that does 27/33 in the US.

        a Hybrid version that does 27/34 (exactly the same LOL)? is a fail IMO
        • 4 Years Ago
        They didn't bring it here because they know this thing not only will get much better mileage than the CR-Z, it'll probably be just as fun to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The U.S. 2010 Honda Fit model is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway"

      Sounds good. Why add the complexity of the hybrid to the fit? Just make the gas engine more efficient. If the Cruze or Fiesta can do 40mpg gas only, this should be able to that easily.

      Oh wait and let me guess the hybrid will not be pennies more but thousands more, negating any fuel savings.
        • 4 Years Ago

        And that's fine. All I'm saying is why not work on making the Fit engine even MORE efficient instead of going the hybrid route that costs everybody more money for a negligible increase in MPG and a definite increase in weight??!! I'll never understand the point of hybrids if they aren't cheaper then their gas only counterparts and get a significant(20 or 30mpg more) advantage. Hybrid is all marketing and the salesman try to suck the money and life out of the customer with this tool(hybrid).
        • 4 Years Ago
        4.4l/100km is roughly 50 some mpg isn't it? That's what the press release says..
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If the Cruze or Fiesta can do 40mpg gas only, this should be able to that easily."

        Well that's because Honda isn't a motor company. They have shifted their focus to bland offerings and mediocre hybrids. /sarcasm

        I think of all the changes Honda MoCo has made since his death, the fact that Ford, Chevy and a host of other companies are beeting Honda MOTOR Company at their own game would upset Soichiro the most.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >a host of other companies are beeting Honda MOTOR Company at their own game would upset Soichiro the most.

        Not to mention what they've done to his vision of a "fun" car. They have pretty much removed every possible fun out of the lineup. They slapped people in the face with replacements like the Crosstour, Element, and claim the TSX will cover the market of the RSX.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I respect the fact that most people doubt the need for a hybrid powertrain when compact and sub-compact cars are getting more fuel efficient by modern design. However, these small gas-engine cars still cannot compare to the real-time gas usage of typical city driving to their hybrid cousins. As an owner of the current Insight hybrid, I can tell you that the posted mileage of 40cty/43hwy is certainly less than I am usually getting (range of 47 - mid 50s in both city and hwy. I can easily get mileage in the 60s in slow, consistent suburban streets depending on my driving style and weather conditions(seasons)

        I would have gotten a gas-engine Fit as it was my first choice but decided on the Insight when it became available in 2009 as a 2010 model. This new Fit hybrid is looking attractive to me as it shares the same hybrid engine with my Insight so I can expect very similar gas mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Guys keep in mind that Fiesta is a totally new car, while Fit is already aged." -Urchin

        Rubbish. The current mk6 Fiesta has been around since 2008, as has the mk2 Jazz/Fit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We have a 2009 Fit and after an oil chance we've seen upwards of 44mpg on the highway. Average around town is 36-38mpg (no joke). So I question a hybrid, I'd rather see a simple diesel in there instead.

        We really love that fit, I say enough good about that car. It's no lexus, but it's not supposed to be. In a way, this is the one car that restores my faith that someone is still at honda from the "good ol days".
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fit has an awful shape for aerodynamics. I think 40mpg highway is probably unattainable without serious changes to the shape, which would compromise its "small car, big cargo" theme.

        And I don't know what you've been smoking if you think the Fit "rapes" the Fiesta. The Fiesta's real world mileage is better when driven by anyone but an automotive journalist trying to spin the tires, it's safer (the roof crush test alone tells you how much stronger the frame is), and is significantly quieter and smoother. The Fit has more cargo space, but that's its only advantage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Guys keep in mind that Fiesta is a totally new car, while Fit is already aged. Once it will undergo a full redesign i am sure a regular non hybrid Fit will also get 40 MPG in the city.
        • 4 Years Ago

        The Fit is bigger and has better cargo and seating, but from reviews and blogs, real world mileage still goes to the Fiesta and handling is a wash. Most say the Fiesta is much more pleasant to drive on the highway as well. IMO, the Fiesta, in hatch form, is much more pleasant to look at too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you have not seen the Fit/Fiesta comparisons. The Fit totally rapes the Fiesta in real world MPG, cargo, performance...
      • 4 Years Ago
      i own a 2008 Honda Fit Sport and average around 34mpg.
      i live in South Florida so i run the air conditioner year-round. when it does cool down and i don't have to use the air, i can easily get near 40mpg.
      that is with 60%/40% (city/highway)
      i absolutely love my Fit. the interior is made of top notch quality materials for a car in it's class, and it is fun to drive.
      however, i would prefer to have the diesel version of the Fit like they have in Europe, and think that Honda is doing the US a great disservice by not bringing it here. it also sucks that Honda is not sending the hybrid version of the Fit here either.
      but overall, anyone looking for a great car that's fun to drive and has TONS of room should by the Fit.
      the Ford Fiesta can't match the Fit. a fully equipped Fiesta is about $19,000 WITHOUT navigation (it isn't even an option.) and it's rear seat has no legroom and cargo wise, is cut in half compared to the Fit. oh, and it's made in MEXICO!!!
      a fully equipped Fit Sport WITH navigation is just a liitle higher at around $19,500.
      when it comes to which car to buy, it's a no brainer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i would rather have a hybrid fit, over the new CR-Z, looks better and just more practical. I am surprised buy the hybrid CR-Z and the supposed MPG's of the hybrid fit. The mpg's should be higher than mid 20's city and 30's highway. When like someone mentioned the cruze and fiesta can do close to 40 mpg no hybrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another curious decision by Honda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Until they shave off $3-4k from their asking price, the Fit will remain off my radar. I actually really like the Fit itself, but the prices for them are ridiculous (like most of Honda's prices lately)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably because the B-segment there in general is tiny and there are more important B-segment markets for Honda to introduce a (long overdue) alternative to a straightforward petrol-engine version of the Fit/Jazz to. In any case, the Insight which shares the same platform has proved to be a medicre seller in the States so Honda probably decided to simply keep the Insight in place to cover its B-segment hybrid base in North America.

        In Europe, the Jazz gets just three petrol engine choices, compared with a myriad of petrol and diesel choices from practially every one of its chief competitors from Ford, Opel, Fiat, Renault, VAG and PSA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda is not selling it because the exchange rates are not good. Rumors abound that Honda may add Fit production to the new Indiana plant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The curious decision is why they are not selling it in the states.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke, the Honda Fit currently sells well here in the US, as does the MINI. The Fiesta is just now on the market here, as well as the Mazda2.

        Sales of smaller cars are doing quite well in the US, and a Fit Hybrid would clearly sell far better than Honda's lamentable CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear God! They've made it look like nothing more than a stretched Tata Nano!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Fit was already one of the better looking small cars on our roads. I don't understand why Honda (Like Toyota and now Hyundai) have to go and add a horrible piece of ugly grille on their vehicles to signify them as the hybrid model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice MPG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should call it the Honda s-h-i-t b/c thats what it looks like. Like a damn minivan. Horrible. IMA is horrible. When will they learn?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog....you put of the photo of the Ford Fiesta, please correct this. LOL
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