• Oct 9th 2010 at 2:27PM
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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
      ...yawn
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Not THAT Matt

        You make a bunch of moronic comments.

        The Fit has won every single comparison test it has ever been in, therefore it must be crap, right? It won against the new Fiesta, it won against the new Mazda 2. Must be a piece of crap.

        The CR-V has been the best selling SUV in America for going on 4 years now. Have you ever even driven one? It honestly is the best CUV on the market. It doesn't do any one thing the best, but it does EVERYTHING very well, there are no trade offs. That is why it sells.



        You bash Honda in every single post there is that includes Honda. It gets old. Please go troll somewhere else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMcA:
        Your mother probably test-drove a first-generation Fit, which was most criticized for its poor ride comfort, and did indeed lose a lot of potential customers to other manufacturers like Volkswagen (BTW - my wife did the exact same thing as your mother: she test-drove a Fit than bought a Rabbit).

        The second-generation Fit, however, is vastly better. It's bigger than the first gen (though still not really any bigger than a mid-1980s Civic Wagon) and way more comfortable on bad roads. You don't have to take my word for it..... every review of the new car says the same thing. The new Fit also feels a lot more solid, is faster, and has a better overall interior layout.

        • 4 Years Ago
        >waste of space

        >Honda Fit

        Irony
        • 4 Years Ago
        @AMcA
        I'm not sure I understand the "skateboard on wheels" comment. Aren't all skateboards on wheels?

        And surely, if your mother didn't like it, then it must truly suck. I mean, let's ignore all the positive press and reviews, or the fact it's roomy, fuel efficient, offers lots of utility and reliability at an affordable price...AMcA's mom didn't like it so it must be one giant piece of crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You, sir, are the waste of space.

        For starters, if you want to argue that Honda is building boring appliances just like Toyota, then this is exactly the wrong category to cite. Unless you're entirely clueless, that is, and have never seen or heard of or driven a Yaris.

        And is that your gay neighbour owns this car supposed to be relevant somehow? As though this were confirmation of its, oh, 'gayness?' It's 2010 now, and most of us aren't that ignorant anymore, but maybe you didn't get the memo.

        To say nothing of your apparent assumption that simply repeating your opinion over and over makes it a fact.

        FAIL!
        • 4 Years Ago
        People have asked for a hybrid Fit. Honda has given into that demand and now people are complaining. I don't understand it.

        Let's get this straight: people buy subcompacts for efficiency and practicality. Everything else comes second. The Fit's a lot more practical than any other subcompact without turning into a compact car (Versa). It's also amazing on gas, and hybrid-izing the Fit will push its already stratospheric fuel economy even higher. For an economy car, it's also relatively fun to drive. Sure, it may not look as nice as the new Accent and the Fiesta. But really, Honda hasn't had a stunning car for more than 5 years and I don't expect that to change in the near future.

        My point is, the car is good for what it is: basic transportation that can carry stuff and people for the lowest cost from Point A to B, maybe getting a little kick out of it along the way. Hyrbidizing the Fit is the best thing Honda's done since the last gen Civic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For all of the people who bash the CR-Z for having only two seats...here's the car for you. It gets good gas mileage, it's inexpensive and it seats 4 or 5 or can pack in plenty of stuff - it's the Jelly Bean of your dreams. Yeah, good luck with that >:( .

        I sat in and poked around a CR-Z today...what a neat little car. It's a FAR more interesting car than anything else being offered by Honda today. It has a techy-looking and feeling interior (not overtly cheap), it's comfortable, it's got nice curves and lines and there's a TON of room in the engine bay for something more substantial than a 1.5L engine.

        PS...I don't own a Honda, and haven't for the better part of a decade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on, folks. The Fiesta/Mazda 2 is a way nicer car with way more for the money than this gross pile.

        The Fit goes to show you that Honda is dangerously close on following Toyota in the "car as an appliance" track. Ugh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish Honda would go back to its glory days.

        Civic-Sedan,Coupe,Hatch
        Accord-Sedan,Coupe(Maybe a Crosstour if it wasn't so ugly)
        CRX/CRX-2doorHatch
        CRZ-Small Crossover
        Possible Element
        Insight-Fuel Efficient 2Door Hybrid
        Odyssey-Minivan
        Pilot-Make it smaller
        No Ridgeline whatsoever.
        S2000!

        The last gen Civic is pretty reliable, my dad already has over 200,000 miles on his.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think Honda's hybrids have been fail, but this is the one that makes the most sense imo. What's misleading is that 1.6 million yen doesn't carry over to the US price as a straight exchange. The CR-Z for example starts at 2.26 million yen in Japan, which is $27k here. But the CR-Z here starts at $19.2k

        Based on that, the price here would be 17-18k, which is a bargain. I think it's a much better idea than the Honda Insight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't understand the raving over the fit either... I guess you would need to understand why people think the CR-V was such a good car to understand the Fit's appeal, though. Usually when I go for a new car I was something with superior gas mileage, features (safety and convenience) and aesthetics; these are all things the Fit does NOT offer. There are a bunch of cars, B and C segment that get better gas mileage. Most any other vehicle looks better. You're also paying a ridiculous premium over other vehicles with the Fit because of the Hon-Duh brand name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda jumped the shark with the latest Accord. And a hybrid Fit would get, what, 40 mpg? Lame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can it move on electric power alone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, this should have potential to pull out big MPGs. I wonder what space has been compromised, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      40 MPG is not that great when the upcoming sans-hybrid Mazda 2 is reported to get 75 ....without the added cost and complexity of dual power sources.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car MAKES SENSE.

      It's a 5 door compact that would easily fit almost EVERYONES lifestyle.

      Honda management needs a serious shake-up, if this thing doesn't hit our shores.
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