Honda logs 7,000 orders for Fit Shuttle in Japan
Of the 7,000 Fit Shuttle orders logged, 90 percent reportedly opted for the hybrid version, which has a fuel economy rating of 30 kilometers per liter (70.56 miles per gallon U.S.) on Japan's 10-15 test cycle. Pricing for the gas-electric Fit Shuttle starts at 1.81 million yen ($22,440 U.S. at the current exchange rate), compared to 2.35 million yen ($29,135 U.S.) for the five-seat Prius Alpha.
Production of the Fit Shuttle at Honda's Suzuka factory in Mie Prefecture got underway in early May. The automaker says that some Fit Shuttles will be delivered by the end of July. Honda's planned March 18 launch of the Shuttle was delayed due to the quake that rattled Japan on March 11.
[Source: Ward's Auto – sub. req.]
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