Honda sold a total of 14,873 units of the Fit in January 2011, an increase of 14 percent. Half of those units were of the new Honda Fit Hybrid. Toyota, on the other hand, sold a total of 13,711 units of the Prius, a 38 percent decline.
Prius sales have been hurting due to the end of government subsidies for green cars, which helped the Prius hold the top-spot in Japan for 20 straight months. Nonetheless, the Toyota Prius remains the world’s top-selling hybrid.
“It’s better to be No. 1,” said Honda President Takanobu Ito. “My priority is that all our models record solid sales.”
Refresher: The Honda Fit Hybrid gets its power from the same 1.3L i-VTEC gasoline engine mated to the company”s IMA system and a CVT gearbox that is found in the Insight and the CR-Z. Like the Insight, the Fit Hybrid will be capable of driving on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions. Fuel-economy come in at 64.2 mpg (52 mpg in U.S. terms).
2011 Honda Jazz Hybrid (Honda Fit Hybrid):
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit Free Press