• May 22, 2012
Honda will start making a hybrid version of its Fit compact in Thailand this summer, according to the Japanese publication the Nikkei. Production will mark the first time Honda will be making any of its hybrids in Asia outside of Japan. Sales of the Jazz Hybrid – Honda substitutes the name Jazz for Fit outside of the U.S. – will start as soon as next summer.

The reason for the increased production is so Honda can keep up with increased sales of its most popular hybrid. Last year, Honda sold 86,000 units of the hybrid worldwide. Honda first unveiled a version of the Jazz Hybrid for the Japanese and European markets at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. That model uses the same powertrain as the CR-Z and Insight hybrids.

The Jazz Hybrid production would mark yet another victory for the Thail automotive industry, The country is the world's 12th-largest but was staggered in the wake of a flood last fall that killed 815 people and ground auto production to a halt. Honda and Toyota plants there suffered, but both have since restarted production

When or if Fit Hybrid sales reach the U.S. is anyone's guess. Honda unveiled a battery-electric Fit at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November and said it would start leasing the Fit EV to a limited number of customers in the U.S. later this summer.


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      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some guy, on Green Car Congress, is reporting $16,500 for the price, that would be a knockout in the market.
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love everytime an auto maker wants to lease new models or test drive and then my area is never 'available' or participating at this time due to no charging infrastructure. I feel like US is 'not participating' at this time in very much which counts; clean energy, green vehicles future jobs education univ health care etc. we just sold largest movie chain to communist china so now everytime amerikans go shovel junk food into their gullet and get fatter they are supporting communism. we have now come full circle. CONSUMERS just CONSUMING...maybe we will be futures market like 'pork bellies' for gluttonous consumption. maybe fits will need to be double wide in the US 'market'. btw: denialists, volt dealers are republican not 'liberals' if you want to be conservative get off oil from places which hate us. stop supporting communism at mao mart. for a start.
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      apparently honda is skipping hybrid on US fit and going straight to EV. I already have prius and I get 50 mpg. next step is all EV and I always liked hondas just not civic hybrid or insight so much. so HOPEFULLY will have plenty of Fit EVs by next year. ironically fossil fuel emissions causing MASSIVE cllimate change catastrophes flooded most of Thailand last year where they are made which is only reason they aren't available now. regular fits are extremely popular here. so it is logical to have EV version.
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      people make sure you post on how fit ev or hybrid drives. apparently this rural right wing area is 'not participating' at this time. so will have to, as usual, 'experience' it vicariously.
        Tony Kalniev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @upstategreenie
        I own the car as an imported one from Japan. I live in thailand :) maybe they saw me driving it around and finally decided they should sell it in thailand. Here is a link to my review: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/461355-new-honda-fit-jazz-hybrid/
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tony Kalniev
          EV mode from 30km/hr up to 55km/hr for about 5 kilometres (3miles) Thats not very good at all Tony most folk would leave the car at home and walk 1.5 each way in the UK, it still won't come anywhere close to a Fiesta diesel MPG either which will be a lot lot cheaper to buy than a Jazz, the diesel power plant longevity will run on for twice the distance before the engine needs stripping down. My wifes 65 MPG Pug 1997 diesel is up to 224,000 it only just run in and still runs as sweet as a nut, burns no oil, no smoke emissions are still low readings at MOT's. Apart from regular oil/oil filter changes the only other bits that l have had to change are 1 set of glow pugs, 4 cam belts & reshim the self adjusting tappets once, its been as reliable as time never missed a beat.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this output going to China? Would be nice to see Honda bump up the battery spec, and make previous sales upgradable. Automakers are letting go of a big market here. Many projects make more on the upgrades then the individual sale. The Fit is the Perfect car to Hybridize.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a sad commentary that the country that invented jazz is now so resistant to even the word that you can't use it for a car name.