Honda continues to tease us hybrid-thirsty Americans by revealing more details (or letting them leak out) about its next-generation Fit Hybrid. The upcoming Fit, which is known as the Jazz overseas, will get a whopping 85 miles per gallon on the lenient JC08 Japanese driving test cycle. That'd mark a 36-percent jump from the current version's fuel economy and would beat out the Toyota Aqua (aka, the Prius C), which gets an 83 mpg rating there, Green Car Congress says, citing the Japanese publication Nikkei. The standard Toyota Prius gets 77 miles per gallon, per Japanese standards.

The Japanese automaker, which sells a battery-electric version of the Fit four-door compact in the US in limited numbers, will make the new version of the Fit Hybrid available in its home country in September and – and this is exciting news – the new hybrid will reach the US and Europe at some yet-to-be-determined date thereafter. The ultimate goal for Honda is to double worldwide Fit sales to about 1.5 million units annually during the next two years. We think American buyers would be happy to add to that total if the company starts selling the Fit Hybrid here. We'd just like to know when that's going to happen.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm thoroughly impressed that Honda could actually produce a hybrid on Toyota's level. Bring it here. I wouldn't mind delving back into Honda fanboyism. Been a long time since this brand sold a car that was exceptional in any way. Have had my eye on a used 2nd gen Prius for some time, but i'd take a gamble on one of these if it were to push 50mpg averages and had good power. Honda, are you listening?
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        beating toyota on the japan cycle by two is not a wide margin, by time it is tested on the EPA it will equal the toyota pruis mileage, but It is good to know there are option out there, what honda need to do is keep price down.
          gpmp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          But the Fit has quite a bit more cargo space than the Prius C. Not tons more, but enough to make a significant difference if you're picking up someone from the airport or on a Home Depot trip.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          That's what i'm hoping - that Honda keeps the price down.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      "That'd mark a 36-percent jump from the current version's fuel economy and would beat out the Toyota Aqua (aka, the Prius C), which gets an 83 mpg rating there" Sounds like a statistically insignificant difference between the mpg of the Prius C and this. Most likely, the Fit will be a better drive though. And better looking.
      Stevie Diffy
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it looks soooooo much bettter than the Prius C that was dumbed down from the one displayed at car shows.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it use Li batteries? If so, it could us a charging plug.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Consumers are glad Honda is finally giving up trying to shove IMA, the inferior hybrid technology, down people's throat. It's too sad the calcified brain-dead CEOs at Honda had difficulty admitting their mistake.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Imagine if they had brought this to the US and hadn't even bothered with the 2nd generation Insight... Do they really think that not selling a Fit hybrid here will somehow force people into buying Insights? In a way it's too late since the Prius C is doing so well. But these are some seriously bad marketing decisions on Honda's part!
      Christian Wathne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring this and a Honda Fit-L Hybrid (as in long version) to compete with the prius V and they'll have a winner. Sign me up for a Fit-L Hybrid purchase in 12 months