is set to release the fourth-generation of its City subcompact and these newest
show that development is well underway. The previous generation had been based on the
, known in the U.S. as the
, but the new model moves away from that platform and grows slightly larger in the process. Expect to see either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC engine underhood, along with either a standard manual tranny or a CVT automatic with seven preset ratios controlled through steering wheel-mounted paddles. Although Honda has no plans --
as far as we know
-- to bring the City to the States, the Fit model has managed to post a huge 73% increase in sales this year. Considering
fuel-sipping little cars are these days in the U.S. market, Honda could certainly do worse than to offer this attractive new subcompact car in the States.