If you are looking forward to the launch of the 2015 Honda Fit and can't wait to buy one, we have some bad news. Honda is holding off on sales a little longer to make sure everything is just right. The brand's latest subcompact was originally scheduled to start arriving at dealers this spring, but the introduction was delayed due to issues at Honda's new factory in Celaya, Mexico.

Consumer Reports learned of the delayed launch when the Fit it ordered didn't arrive on time. It contacted Honda and was told that the problem had to do with a "shipping delay nationally." The company was taking "a measured approach" to getting the new models out of the new factory, thus delaying shipment to dealers until June.

Honda spokesperson Steve Kinkade gave a few more details about the situation to Autoblog. He indicated that the factory in Mexico is new and is producing these vehicles for the first time. Therefore, the company is taking the extra time "to do a final verification on quality," said Kinkade. He also confirmed the delay until the second week of June.

Honda has big expectations for the little car. The factory was built specifically to assemble the Fit and its crossover sibling, the HR-V. Making sure that everything checks out at this early stage, could mean fewer problems down the road. Probably no bad thing in this summer filled with recalls.


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      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      Disappointed at the fact that they are not going to import any of the hugely successful Fit hybrid with dual clutch tranny 50mpg etc etc... Im sure cost is the main reason but I rather drive a "made in Japan" version over made in mexico even though the quality control of the entire world has gone up significantly. There is a reason why Honda and Toyota builds some of their premium cars only in Japan.
        Armand
        • 6 Months Ago
        @bK
        Many of them are built in Canada as well and the quality isn't an issue. Mexico should be fine as well, although I'd prefer they paid their workers fair wages comparable to US/Canada/Japan.
          Ryan
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Armand

          If they paid them fair wages, that would eliminate the entire reason for moving production there in the first place. Mexico is great for car companies. They get dirt cheap labor and loose environmental regulations. Why pay an education, perfectionist Japanese guy $30/hour when you can pay Pedro $6.75 an hour and dump solvents directly in his water table to maximize your profits and make shareholders happy?

        mary.keana
        • 7 Months Ago
        @bK
        Eventually Honda will add more hybrids. The current supply problem for enough batteries is keeping Honda from building enough Hybrid Accords in the USA. Honda just added a battery supplier in Kentucky, so this should help. I'm looking forward to the Hybrid HR-V.
      Adam Tuel
      • 7 Months Ago
      they cant ship them because the Oil Industry has sucked up all the rail capacity , same trouble in Detroit. Produce, lumber, Cars,general merchandise all are sitting while the frackers in N Dakota and Ohio , Pa have all the Rail space Booked.
        EVnerdGene
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Adam Tuel
        dang, guess we should build the friggin' pipeline huh ?
      nintendorox5562
      • 7 Months Ago
      My girlfriend and I rented one of these and drove it 10+ hours to visit her family in rural Japan. It was great. It definitely looked great in person. When I first saw pictures, I wasn't pleased. My opinion has changed. It drove well at higher speeds. Less noise than I'm used to from a small Honda. I loved the start-stop feature. That's really too bad it won't make it to the American market. There's a button you can press to disable it. Oh well. It was very fuel efficient, regardless, but the start-stop really helped us save gas.
      Karfreek
      • 7 Months Ago
      Much better than the General Motors "jam it thru the line and let the customers find the problem" approach.
      EVnerdGene
      • 7 Months Ago
      Thank you Honda, for not putting a big gaping mouth on this car.
      dfkd
      • 7 Months Ago
      Probably not a recall type issue as they would have repaired those at the dealers rather than slowing the factory down. Good to see someone pay attention tho. Honda hasn't had very many recalls.
        Rob
        • 7 Months Ago
        @dfkd
        Honda hasn't had very many recalls. So far for this year. They have had plenty over the last few years
      Ryan
      • 3 Months Ago

      Sad. My 2008 Fit built in Japan was flawlessly reliable for 80,000 miles. I was considering buying another until I found out Honda was moving production to Mexico. I bought a Mazda built in Japan instead and never looked back. If Honda can built a car in Japan and sell it in the U.S. for $16,000 and turn a profit, then there is really no excuse for moving production to third world countries with substandard labor forces. Honda shouldn't forget about preserving their reputation for quality in their pursuit of greater profits. I can't speak for anyone else, but I want the OCD perfectionist Japanese guy in spotless overalls building my car, knowing that he will lose sleep at night over the dust particle he let land on the crankshaft as he was assembling the engine. I'll take that guy, not the guy with watching the clock until it's siesta time. You can have THAT guy. 

        TheDoctor
        • 26 Days Ago
        @Ryan

        Yep, my Insight is built in Japan. not sure if Jose coming from a night of heavy Tequila drinking will have the same attention to quality.

      Lunch
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mexico. Of course.
      andrite36
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think I'll wait for the next version anyway... You know... The one with the ACTUAL volume knob!
      Revis Goodworth
      • 7 Months Ago
      Dear Honduh, How about redesigning that vomit-inducing rolling rabies that you have - it is absolutely putrid! While your other examples weren't beautiful, they at least were purposeful and homely - but this thing - it is tacky and absolutely awful looking. Rush a redesign and crush what you've already built. I guess one of the top recall companies, Honduh, is running scared thinking that Government Motors' problems will transfer to the deceptive, dishonest, and downright unethical Honduh Motor Company - the company that gave Rick Hendrick Felonies upon Felonies! Toodles!
      Ducman69
      • 7 Months Ago
      Name a single car assembled in Mexico with a fair amount of Mexican sourced parts that has EVER lived up to quality standards of Japan, Germany, Canada, or even the United States? A Mexican Honda will do nothing but ruin the hard earned reputation for quality and reliability that Honda has earned for itself over the years, just to save a few pennies. Big mistake.
        mary.keana
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        The CR-V has been built in Mexico for over a decade. CR-V is always rated top in reliability.
        spazaru
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        I drive a 1999 Nissan Sentra built in Mexico. It has been great. It's the only Mexican built car I've ever had but it sure hasn't been any less reliable than any of the Japanese built cars I've had.
        blonep@mac.com
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        Racist much? Have you ever heard of Ford Focus? Ford Edge? Nissan X-Trail? Nissan Versa?
          Ryan
          • 3 Months Ago
          @blonep@mac.com

          Every single one of the cars you mentioned has below average reliability, you're really not helping your case I'm afraid. 

      macbaldy
      • 4 Months Ago
      I went into my Honda Fit dealer in California in the last week of July; he's currently out of stock, awaiting shipments. Allegedly, a train derailment in Mexico is part of the current delay. Recall that a train loaded with US-bound Central American immigrants derailed in Oaxaca a month ago. The problem with that excuse is that Celaya, the location of the Honda Fit plant, is in Guanajuato, a long way north of the derailment which should not affect those railways to the US.. Apparently, dealers are so deluged with demand for the 2015 Fit that they're desperate for excuses. I left a deposit for 2015 Fit EX.
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