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When we took the 2009 Honda Fit Sport out for a test drive the other day, we were not sure exactly when this pleasing little car would be available for sale in the U.S. Automotive News heard from Honda Motor Co. that instead of selling them as planned Oct. 1, Honda dealerships will get the new Fit on Aug. 26. That's this coming Tuesday. Shortly after Labor Day indeed.

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The Honda Fit is selling like candy in the U.S. Sales of the subcompact car from January to May have increased by 64 percent, compared to the same period last year. Honda originally planned to sell between 30,000 and 40,000 Fits a year, but then increased production to 60,000. The marque is planning almost 80,000 units of the new model, which is going on sale on October 1st.

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Although it doesn't look as we are going to see it Stateside, Honda has launched a Japanese minivan based on the Honda Fit platform. It's called Freed and in just 4.2 meters (165 inches) we can carry a complete family using a 1.5-liter unit mated to a CVT transmission that manages to get fuel consumption levels of about 6 l/100 km (39 mpg U. S.). The Freed got the fuel tank moved to the vehicle floor to give the interior as much room as possible and the rear doors are electric. Honda expects to

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Honda doesn't offer any flex-fuel vehicles in North America or Europe, focusing on hybrids and, in the near future, diesels instead in these markets. This doesn't mean they are ignoring ethanol altogether. The biggest market for ethanol is in Brazil where drivers have been using sugar-cane ethanol since at least the early 1980s. Honda is now offering flex-fuel versions of both the Civic and Fit in the Brazilian market and, unlike US FFVs, they are optimized to run on E100 which is unavailable as

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When the Canadian government introduced its ecoAuto rebate program last spring, Honda wasn't happy. The plan set a threshold of 6.5L/100km for cars to qualify for the rebates. Unfortunately Honda's most efficient gas engine model, the Fit, got 6.6L/100km and so failed to qualify. To cover the gap, Honda offered a $1,000 rebate on their own as they went back to the drawing board. They optimized the operation of the Fit engine and got the mileage down to 6.5 for the 2008 model year so that at leas

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We got our first look at the next generation Honda Fit a few weeks when a couple of sites that got invited to the long-lead previews in Japan spilled the beans. Honda will be showing the the new Fit publicly for the first time next week at the Tokyo Motor Show and, unlike so many auto show debuts, there will be no six month lag between between the show and retail sales. The new Fit will go on sale in Japan on October 26 just as the Tokyo Show opens to the public.

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