Honda announced today that it will start selling the hybrid version of the Fit in Japan today with a starting price of 1.5 million yen ($19,310). At that price, the Honda Fit Hybrid is not only the most affordable of all Honda hybrid vehicles, but is also the cheapest hybrid in the company’s domestic market. Honda says it expects to sell around 5,600 units a month.
Honda also announced that Japanese market cumulative sales of the Honda Fit surpassed the 1.5 million-unit mark at the end of September 2010, since the introduction of the first-generation model in June 2001.
Globally, cumulative sales of the Fit model surpassed the 3.5 million-unit mark at the end of July 2010.
Honda has no plans to offer the Honda Fit Hybrid in the United States. The model will go on sale in Europe in early 2011 and will be known as the Honda Jazz Hybrid.
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