Honda announced today the first details on the next-generation Fit that is set for release on the Japanese market this September. The third-generation Fit will be one of the most innovative hybrid models ever offered by Honda. It will be the first Honda model equipped with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) that will ensure a fuel economy ratings of 36.4 kilometers per liter (about 86 mpg).
The new hybrid system combines a newly developed 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with the earlier mentioned i-DCD. The i-DCD system includes a seven-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor and the IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.
There is also an electric servo brake system that stores energy while braking and provides a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load. With all these updates, Honda’s new hybrid system ensure a fuel economy improvement of 35 percent when compared to the current IMA hybrid system.
The new hybrid system also features three driving modes that alternate between gasoline and electric, depending on the driving situation: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive Mode and Engine Drive Mode.
Before you get too excited, you have to know that this Fit will not be offered on the U.S. market. However, Honda plans to use this technology in the U.S. on a sedan that it will build on the Fit platform.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Fit.
In today’s world, spec series racing is only limited to the virtual world of Gran Turismo. Sure, it’s a fun and affordable way to get some racing burn on a race track, but the truth of the matter is, it’s constrained to nothing more than video games. Real world racing of this kind costs a lot of money and resources, and people that have neither of those things are left out of luck.
Despite the fact that there are no B-spec professional series out there, Honda and Mazda are setting a goal of providing close racing in affordable cars by jointly announcing the formation of "B-Spec" Showroom Stock racing. The performance divisions for each brand – Honda Performance Devel opment and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development – recently unveiled their entries for a proposed new low-cost B-Spec series, using the Honda Fit and the MAZDA2 as their respective platforms.
As one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire automotive industry, B-segment vehicles have grown in popularity because they’re affordable and, more importantly, have enjoyed a tremendous following from younger demographics. That success has translated into the idea of producing cheap(er) B-Spec racers with the Fit and Mazda2 being two of among a number of other hatchbacks that would fit into this category. Other vehicles include the Ford Fiesta , Hyundai Accent , Nissan Versa , Toyota Yaris, and Chevrolet Aveo .
As one of the most esteemed auto magazines in the world, Car and Driver’s annual “Top 10 Cars” is always a good barometer for automakers to see if one – or maybe two – of their vehicles made it to the list. With a readership that spans the entire world, Car and Driver’s Top 10 list is read by millions of people so it’s kind of a big deal for these companies. From the usual suspects to a number of new surprises, the “Top 10 Cars” will reveal what cars the magazine is highly recommending for the next calendar year.
In determining which cars make it to the list, editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman explains: “In our testing, we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended mission.”
He continues: “Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshaling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It’s a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."
For 2011, the list has a number of old guards that have made multiple appearances while there are others that are making their inaugural face-time. Just to give you an idea on what to expect, three American, German, and Japanese models made it to the list with the other spot going to a model from South Korea. There are also three cars – the Audi S4 , the Mazda3 , and the Ford Fusion Hybrid – that dropped out of the list, which means that you’re going to be seeing a number of new entries making it to the Top 10.
So without further ado, Car and Driver’s “Top 10 Cars for 2011” after the jump.
Honda may have unveiled the Fit EV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their petrol version of the Fit. For 2011, the Honda Fit gets more comfort, more convenience features, and VSA as standard. The car is already on sale with prices starting at $15,100 for the standard version and $16,860 for the Sport version.
The 2011 Fit is offered with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 117 HP at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-Speed Manual or a 5-Speed Automatic transmission.
The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, USB audio interface2, auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds or replaces: carpeted floor mats, alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights and a security system.
Hit the jump to read full details on the 2011 Honda Fit Sport.
Here in the US, we know this car as the Honda Fit , but in other parts of the world, it goes by another moniker; ‘the Honda Jazz’.
In Australia, the Jazz is currently in the middle of a hilarious promotional campaign called ‘Jazz Packing’. It’ hilarious because we watched the set of videos the campaign has released and we couldn’t stop our eyes from getting teary-eyed from all the hysterical laughing.
Basically, the ads were made to show exactly how versatile the Jazz really is. It’s got loads of room on the interior, it’s got 10 cup holders – that’s right, 10! – and it’s a practical ride for just about anybody, even if you’re a bodybuilder, a rapper, a hipster, and, of course, a ninja.
Check out these four hilarious ads and be sure to adhere our warnings that there will be massive loads of skimpy Speedos, “mystical” windows, tied-up pirates, and a reference to Haruki Murakami. We’re not making this stuff up.
More often than not we associate Honda’s in house tuner, Mugen, with fire breathing high horsepower GT500 NSX s on the racetrack and big winged hot hatch Civics Type R s for more civilized use, they also cater to a few less likely members of the Honda family. In this instance we are talking about the compact Honda Fit hatchback, and Mugen’s Euro Sport package. The kit is made up of a sporty aero package starting off with a more aggressive front bumper and a subtle yet stylish hatch mounted wing. The Japanese tuner goes to meticulous lengths to ensure top quality fit and finish, just look at the carbon fiber license plate frame and engraved Mugen mounting screws.
On the inside Mugen dresses up the little Fit with a set of their signature kick plates at the base of the doors, race inspired oil and water temperature gauges mounted in a dual pod just outside the instrument cluster. The shifter gets a fancy knob made from a machined piece of billet aluminum as well as matching sport pedals for the Fit no matter whether you want to shift it yourself or let Honda do it for you. As far as performance is concerned, Mugen offers a free flowing sports exhaust for that perfect tone, a sport tuned suspension to allow the compact Fit to dance around chicanes and upgraded brake pads in the event that unavoidable objects make themselves known. However the best part of the Mugen package are the XJ and NR rims, available as either a multi spoke mesh design or a thick eight spoke design compete with the Mugen logo for each corner of your new car.
The 2009 Honda Fit equipped with Mugen accessories was revealed at the SEMA Show along with the announcement that beginning next spring, Honda will make a complete new line of Mugen accessories available for the 2009 Fit on an a-la-carte basis through authorized Honda dealers.
Available Mugen accessories for the Fit will include: 16-inch alloy wheels, aluminum oil filler cap, front sports grille, front under spoiler, side spoiler, rear under spoiler, sports silencer, rear emblem, quick shifter, shift knob, sports pedals (MT), sports floor mats and a mirror cover.
Even the little cars get a makeover at SEMA. The Fit TJIN Edition is one of the 17 vehicles presented by Honda this year at the SEMA Show. The Tjin Edition 2009 Fit was created by Gene Tjin and features custom grey paint job, an impressive Realm Audio sound system and 16" BBS RS wheels.
The Audio system features: Realm Audio 12” subwoofers, Realm Audio component speakers, Realm Audio amplifiers, Realm Audio speaker wiring and terminals, Custom audio speaker box, Custom audio amplifier rack and Visteon naviation head-unit.
Just because you are gas conscious does not meant you have to look dull. If you are one lucky owners of Honda’s in-demand 2009 Fit (sold as Jazz in European markets) and want to add some personality to your vehicle, then Ings (a Japanese tuner) seems to be you solution. The tuning company released today its Ings+1 N-SPEC program for the Honda Fit. It consists of a new hood, a re-designed front bumper, new side sills, a new roof spoiler and a new rear apron with integrated rear air diffuser.
The tuner added a new set of Rays/Volk Racing Re30 ’08 Formula Limited Edition wheels fitted with Bridgestone Potenza Re050 tires. No words about the price yet, but we have lots of images after the jump.
Hybrids, hybrids, HYBRIDS! Every car company seems to not be able to get enough gas/electric cars in its lineup, well except Honda. As it turns out Honda has no current plans to bring the Fit hybrid to the U.S. So while Japan gets a few more miles out of the little car, we’ll have to settle for 28 city/35 hwy mileage.
Honda says that they are already selling Fits as fast as it can make them and don’t need to add an addition a model in the U.S. But green-minds don’t need to worry; the Civic hybrid is still available and Honda is putting the finishing touches on its Prius fighter .