2015 Honda Fit HybridHonda has officially launched the Fit sub-compact in its home market, ahead of its eventual arrival in North America. The third-generation Fit is wildly important for Honda, with the company's president, Takanobu Ito, saying, "This is the most important model."

The third-generation Fit is a ground-up reworking of the car that we've come to know. It will pioneer Honda's new design language, Exciting H Design (seriously) and will also be the very first Fit to be manufactured in North America. Thanks to a Mexican factory that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014, Honda will be able to produce 200,000 Fits for the North American market in North America, saving the brand a huge amount of cash.

As for that Exciting H Design, it's meant to be sleeker and more modern, according to Automotive News. It's not bad looking, but the overall design is far less important than what's under that hood. The vehicle you see above is a Fit RS, which has quite a resemblance to the rumored Fit Mugen. There's not a lot of detail on this model, but based on looks alone, we certainly hope it'll be coming to the North American market - it'd make a great Fit Sport. A hybrid variant will also come to the US market, and that car is returning impressive numbers on the Japanese cycle: 86 miles per gallon so far, thanks to the combination of an 1.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. That's a 35-percent improvement over the current, JDM Fit Hybrid.

Indeed, if the Fit Hybrid can return anything near those numbers on the US EPA cycle, it should do well. Ito's demands for improved economy are part of what has him believing that Honda will eventually move 1.5 million Fits by 2016. The Honda boss is also expecting the B-segment car to become the brand's best seller, overall, surpassing the Civic, CR-V and Accord. Those are some big expectations.

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      Looks pretty sweet and probably a hoot to toss around with that 6sp MT.
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      86 mpg Japanese cycle puts it just about dead even with the standard Prius (88). If it really returns a legitimate 47mpg (cough, Ford, cough) combined it's a great product for Honda. Still not as good as the Prius C but it's a more exciting ride than the Prius C. I like the Fits. They are sharp little sub-compact cars with a nice design, great flip seat setup, lots of space and fairly cheap. Abarth STARTS at $22,800 and is actually smaller than this car. Doesn't even have rear doors. So why would someone compare a MICRO 2 door car to a larger hatch back car that is cheaper?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Actually the new Fit's rating bests the standard Prius *and* Prius C. The new Fit's JC08 rating is currently the highest for a non-plugin vehicle. Below are some examples of the official JC08 Mode figures (km/L). Please note these numbers do not convert to EPA but reflects relative fuel efficiency in comparison with other models. 36.4 Honda Fit (3rd gen.) 35.4 Toyota Aqua (Prius C) 32.6 Toyota Prius 30.0 Honda Accord hybrid 27.2 Honda Insight 26.4 Honda Fit (2nd gen.) 23.4 Toyota Camry hybrid
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          Wow.. thanks. Didn't know they did a new cycle like the EPA did here. I was comparing the old cycle for the prius with the new cycle for the Honda. So it looks like this: Prius Old Cycle - 89.4mpg Prius New Cycle - 76.7mpg. OLD Fit Hybrid Old Cycle - 64.2 mpg NEW Fit Hybrid NEW Cycle - 86mpg. So about 11% higher mpg. So it could be a US 52/53 mpg car which would be really nice that Honda is figuring the Hybrid thing out. Now we need the Fit Shuttle to compete with the Mazda5.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Fit has been on my short list, but one of the major holdbacks was the five-speed trans. If my eyes are not failing me, the new model has a 6-speed. Yay! No more 4000rpm highway cruising! Now let's see how the Mexican build quality works out...
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really liking this new fit. However the fanboys and trolls make this comments section utterly useless as to get an opinion of what normal people actually think of the car.
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      At least Honda will sell hatches in the U.S. and they sell well. I wish Chevy would sell the Cruze hatch and wagon here as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the photos shows a manual transmission - I don't suppose the US might get one? let me dream and see a diesel in it as well. I don't drive cars with automatic transmissions - and won't until I have to. sigh.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do car makers release these kinds over glossified (is that a word?) pictures for official reveals like this? They usually make the car look really out of proportion and just plain weird. I'm sure in normal daylight and in person, this car will look reasonably handsome for a B segment car. It's pretty sad that the current Fit is the best car that Honda makes and sells for the US market.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about a Fit Si?
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not a Honda fan, but the Fit has piqued my interest and I am seriously considering it as a replacement for my old hatchback. I would like to see this thing in action soon.
        Pedro Soto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Berardinelli
        I just bought a 2012 Fit Sport Manual for use as a family car, and it's a blast to drive and holds amazing amounts of cargo. Highly recommend a test drive. I'm strongly thinking of getting the 2014 Fit Rs for myself when it's available next year.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dual Clutch ... Honda knows what a 7 speed dual clutch is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. lol Love ya Honda. Would love to see a sports hybrid . Eager to trade in my 12 civic for something sportier.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get Japan sometimes. Offer climate control in a car, but not a base stereo standard? I guess it's either nav or get your own.
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      David Pettit
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      The sift knob show six gears for the manual. What took sooo long.
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        @David Pettit
        The 2nd GEN Fit always offered a 6 in the Fit RS. Just not outside Japan.
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