Everyone’s very excited about the newly redesigned Honda Fit that will go on sale starting Oct. 26, on the Japanese market. But with the good news about the new Fit, the company also brought a bad news for the US market: we’ll have to wait until next year if you want to drive it.

The first generation Fit arrived in the United States in April 2006 and Honda wants to keep selling that model before tempting consumers with something new.

"We just introduced the Fit, so it still has freshness among customers," Honda Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo said here last week during the launch of the redesigned car.

The new Fit is powered by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum output of 73kW (100PS). Combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and newly developed torque converter, the engine provides enjoyable driving and class-leading 24 km/l fuel economy.

Newly added to the Fit lineup is a Road Sailing (RS) version which highlights a sportier and sophisticated character with a newly developed 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and a specially designed suspension with enhanced styling and a richer feel.

Source: Automotive News

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