Wednesday, 24 October 2007

2008 Honda Jazz/Fit goes on sale in Japan

Honda Motor Co. announced plans to begin sales in Japan of the all-new, completely redesigned Honda Fit on Friday, October 26, 2007. The Fit (Jazz in some export markets) has gained popularity as a small car that features outstanding packaging, excellent fuel economy and advanced styling.

Improved performance is made possible by a newly developed 1.3L i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum output of 100ps. Combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and newly developed torque converter, the engine provides enjoyable driving and class-leading 24km/l fuel economy. The body rigidity and crash safety performance were also enhanced while maintaining weight equivalent to the previous model. Moreover, the newly designed chassis also helps achieve superior comfort and steady handling.

The second-generation Fit was developed following the tradition of Honda’s “man maximum - machine minimum” concept with the goal of creating the ideal small car for a new age. To provide values which exceed customer expectations for a small car and to set a new benchmark in the highly competitive small car segment, packaging, utility and driving performance have been further advanced with the all-new Fit.

Packaging of the new Fit is based on Honda’s innovative centre fuel tank layout, with a longer wheelbase and wider track for enhanced interior space and practicality. The front pillar has been moved further forward to create a spacious interior, while the exterior boasts neater styling and an even shorter hood. An ingenious interior layout helped create a comfortable cabin with space equivalent to a mid-sized sedan. The new Jazz’s practicality has also been enhanced with four-mode “Ultra Seat” and three-mode “Ultra Luggage” storage spaces.

Newly added to the Fit line-up is a Road Sailing (RS) version which highlights a sportier and sophisticated character with a newly developed 1.5L i-VTEC engine, sports suspension, chrome-trim grille and bodykit.

Honda Fit/Jazz was first introduced in Japan in June 2001. It is now being produced in six factories in five countries and sold in approximately 115 countries around the world, with cumulative sales of more than two million units.

Successor to the current Jazz in Malaysia will likely be powered by Honda’s new 1.5L i-VTEC motor, which promises superior fuel economy combined with lively dynamic performance and plentiful torque throughout all speed ranges. Intake valve timing and clearance settings switch to match for both low- and high-speed driving. Optimised valve overlap in the low-, mid-, and high speed ranges enhances intake and exhaust efficiency for power output of 120ps and superior fuel economy of 19.6km/l.

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