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Sep 27

Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid

Posted in Energy Economy | Hybrid Cars | Transportation

Honda Fit Hybrid In tune with its focus on continuing with combining hybrid attempts and smaller size, Honda is offering another hybrid – the smallest and cheapest. This fall, Honda’s Fit will be on sale in Japan priced at 1.6 million yen hoping to become an instant hit. Honda will be launching the cute little car in the 2010 Auto Show at Paris in October under the name Honda Fit Hybrid. Its petrol version, called Jazz/Honda Fit is already in the markets. The Hybrid Fit will have the distinction of being the first hybrid subcompact car model marketed by Honda.

The new hybrid from Honda stable:

Honda Fit is the third of the hybrid series Honda has added to the CR-Z hybrid cars. The neat little line-up includes Civic, Accord and Honda Insight. The economical Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) setup used in the Insight would be incorporated in the Honda Fit Hybrid as well

Electric & petrol Unit in tandem:

Reports indicate that Fit will be fitted with Honda’s 1.3 litre/4-cylinder petrol unit to work in tandem with a 9.7kW electric motor and is expected to generate about 97hp. Plans are afoot to launch the automatic (CVT) version as well as the manual Fit Hybrid version.

Usual features:

All features like brake-energy regeneration that are usually found in Honda hybrids are found along with an Economy button for maximum fuel efficiency. As usual with the hybrid cars – which are known for not being very fast – Honda Fit Hybrid is also projected more for its efficiency rather than for its speed.

Hybrid system – Japanese favourite:

While European market still looks at diesel-driven small cars, Japan leads in going for smaller, more compact and more energy-efficient hybrid models. This has been more due to considerable government subsidies on green-car models. But the Japanese customers will benefit more than before thanks to the competitive deals that will certainly be offered even if subsidies are lifted.

Sales expectations:

Making its advent in the 2010 Auto Show at Paris, the sales are expected to start by 2010 end or early 2011. The car priced at a premium is expected to have the additional attraction of mileage – which in the upper sixties makes it a good buy.

Honda’s future goals:

Honda is firm in its conviction that future market in automobiles will be in small cars – that too in hybrid versions of small cars. The firm is going ahead with its plans accordingly and is busy with the production of 2011 CR-Z vehicles. Seeing that the hybrids have advantages like low price, cost competitiveness, and fuel efficiency, their hopes seem to be well founded.

  • Patrick

    The word ‘cheapest’ doesn’t exactly instill a sense of confidence. I am curious to know whether Honda has figured out a way to make these cars inexpensively or if this is more of a ‘get what you pay for’ scenario, and the car is stripped of features. Are these cars comfortable? Safe?

    Would this be the first manual transmission hybrid? Would this be an advantage? I figure that all the computer systems in the car would make an automatic more efficient.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Miguel Dorta

    I think that gasoline cars will be replaced by a new technology only when less costly. Eventually it will happen but I just don’t find products in the market that I can afford. I am about to buy a new car and I don’t find any hybrid or electric car in less than 20,000 including tax. I cannot afford more than that.

  • Francisco A Roque

    Only they can think ‘fuel economy’ Detroit can only think ‘power’ and ’60 miles is 2-3 seconds’ while big oil thinks of increasing the price of it every SECOND.
    No wonder Detroit is in ruins while Japan is prospering.

  • Angelica

    What is the projected fuel efficiency? When discussing hybrids, that is a key piece of information.

  • Ralph

    I have sent a thread you might be interested in that sort of goes along with your article regarding cleaner energy. Disregard if you have already seen this…..
    3 key items here.
    1-Using solar to power a factory (lots of robotics used).
    2-Factory happens to build electric cars (they could probably add a swappable lithium battery to expand the range).
    3-No mention of using a carport type structure to trickle charge parked vehicles.

    Any thoughts on this? Solar powered robotics can do it (build cars or anything for that matter, even other robotics) cheaper (after initial investment).
    Also resolves the electric grid expansion problem somewhat by using lithium back ups with the utility power.

  • Proff. Pitt

    Auto industry perfectly knows some things are true in the correct way to the feature technology, but marketing depts are afraid to radical changes and come out with an stop in sells, until people resist to change concepts about the car they needs.
    1.- The power is and will be electric motors.
    2.- The energy to generate electricity is Hydrogen
    3.- The batteries are recipient to accumulate the energy
    4.- Size and weight of car must to be 4 to 5 times less than actual gasoline cars.
    5.- H2 Price per miles must be 1/4 to 1/5 than now prices, that the problem.

  • abhishek

    i’m curious to know about up to what extend this technology will reach to give us a perfect car..
    is any other energy is more economical than hybrid or biofuels?

  • Rande

    I would buy this in a second if it came to the US. I think it has something to do with the the US market and how Japan sees us.

  • jdwspp

    Honda is always seen as the cheaper option. While somewhat no frills the thing I like about their vehicles is that they have good mileage across hybrid and non-hybrid models alike.

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