• Oct 8th 2010 at 11:56AM
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Despite the fact that Honda has no plans – at least not yet – to export its 2011 Honda Fit (Jazz) Hybrid to the U.S., we've still kept a close eye on the automaker's subcompact gas-electric. From the rumors that swirled around back in 2006 to its on-stage debut at the Paris Motor Show, we've never lost sight of the Fit Hybrid and its overall importance in the gas-electric segment. Now, as the vehicle launches in Japan, we're pleased to note that Reuters is reporting that Honda has kept its promise and priced the Fit Hybrid at a mere 1.59 million yen ($19,310 U.S. at current exchanges rate). This makes it the cheapest gas-electric car available in Japan.

Honda reports that pre-orders in Japan for the bargain-priced hybrid have reached nearly 10,000 units. Toppling the nation's best-seller, the Toyota Prius, though, will require even more consumer interest than that. Under Japanese testing methods, the Fit Hybrid receives a 70.6 mile-per-gallon fuel economy rating, equal to that of the company's Insight.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "Here's hoping that the Fit Hybrid becomes such raging success that Honda decides to ship it to U.S. dealers soon."

      Why hope that it ships to the U.S. soon? So everyone will have another Honda hybrid product to bash???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once again, Japan's aversion to bringing ALL of their hybrid and diesel powerplants to North America rears its ugly head...

      We can only ask... "WHY?!?!?!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      these pointless hybrid types should actually be fairly cheap to make. it's basically just a bit different starter motor and starter battery. plus a bit of power electronics but not much. shouldn't really cost 20 thou
      nor should it exist..

      plugin or gtfo
      and light weight and aerodynamic
      • 4 Years Ago
      They must mean the old Insight because the new one is not rated 70 mpg. If this gets the same as the original Insight and has two back seats and a little cargo area, it is a vast improvement over the original Insight. Honda's latest Insight achieved only mid to lower 40's mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Under Japanese testing methods..."

        The Japanese test is quite different from the US test, which explains why there are different results.

        The Japanese test put the 2010 Toyota Prius at 89.4 mpg, to which ABG wrote:

        "...these numbers certainly seem highly unrealistic. It's likely that Toyota has calibrated the Japan market model to specifically get the maximum out of this low speed urban drive cycle (average speed 16 mph) and most drivers are unlikely to come anywhere near those numbers."

        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks Lets... I thought it might be somthing like that. So we have Japans drive cycle, Europes drive cycle and the US. We are ususally the lowest in mpg, then Europe , then Japan.

        Some people have posted they get 60 mpg in there new Insight here in America. Pretty good for a four seater as inexpensive as it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fit Hybrid: 1.59 million yen
      Insight: 1.89 million yen
      Prius: 2.05 million yen
      CR-Z: 2.27 million yen

      Prius is the only mid-size. Others are either compact or sub-compact.
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