New Honda Fit Fit hybrid goes on sale in Japan

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Third-generation is a little bigger and a lot sleeker Honda says fuel efficiency is improved Fit will have a hybrid model in Japan in December


Honda’s redesigned, third-generation Fit — which eventually will include a Fit hybrid model — has gone on sale in Japan, but the U.S. will have to wait.

The new Fit is about a year away for the U.S. — due to arrive here as a 2015 model once Honda completes a new plant in Mexico to supply North America and Brazil. The current Fit is built for the U.S. market in Japan.

The sleeker new Fit is a key launch for Honda. At a launch event last week, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito predicted the Fit line of models eventually will pass Civic as Honda’s No. 1 global nameplate (it’s now fourth) and that sales will reach 1.5 million by 2016, according to a report in Automotive News.

Ito is counting on the Fit to lead renewed growth momentum for Honda based on models with improved design, technology and fuel efficiency.

The new model is about 2 inches longer, but the same width and height as the current model. And the new FIt is the first appearance of a new exterior and interior design language that Honda calls (drumroll, please): EXCITING H DESIGN.

No, we did not add the caps or the three exclamation points. That’s the name.

In fact, the three exclamations, says Honda, stand for the three factors of the design theme: High Tech, High Tension (excitement) and High Touch (feels good). Honda says the theme will spread throughout its lineup, so expect to see more of that grille with integrated headlights, which Honda calls the Solid Wing Face.

Our favorite fun feature in the new Fit, at least for Japan: A swivel passenger seat for easy in-and-out. We hope it comes to the U.S. which hasn’t had proper rotating seats since models such as 1959-60 Chrysler products and some 1970s Monte Carlos.

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The new Fit also retains its signature rear seat that has the usual fold-down seat back to extend the cargo area and also has a seat base that folds up to create a tall cargo area between the rear doors.

The base engine in Japan is a new 1.3-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline motor that Honda says will offer fuel economy equal to previous Honda hybrids. The higher performance option in Japan — and a good bet for the base engine in the U.S. — is a new direct-injection 1.5-liter. They will be mated to CVT or stick transmissions.

The new hybrid system — Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive — can run in EV, hybrid and gas engine modes and can link or unlink the motor and the 1.5-liter gas engine. Unusual for a hybrid, the transmission is not the CVT, but is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Fit hybrids will go on sale in Japan in December. No word on whether the U.S. will get it, but Honda has begun leasing an electric version of the current Fit in California.

Honda says the Fit — sold as the Jazz in some countries — now is built at 10 plants in eight countries and sold 123 countries and territories, with 4.87 million sold since the first generation rolled out in Japan in 2001.


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