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2018 Honda Fit Facelift gets new sport trim and safety tech

Honda Fit was considered a go-to vehicle for a lot of consumers since it was rolled out in 2001, and it became an excellent choice for those who are searching for small, economical car for their daily drive. The cute vehicle also appealed to those who require small, environmental friendly and practical vehicle for city cruising. And now the Fit is the latest car in Honda's line-up to get a timely remodel for the 2018 model year that includes a strong aesthetic and array of new tech.

But the 2018 Honda Fit maintains its innocent, charming vibe that distinguishes it from the other new cars with angry headlights and rigid aesthetic. And we can observe that it took slight styling cues from the recent Honda Insight, unintentionally carrying over the now-defunct hybrid's legacy.

The update for the 2018 Honda Fit includes the new Sport trim. Sitting in between the Fit LX and Fit EX, the Fit will now flaunt a bolder aero package that includes a 2-piece chrome and piano black grille, a front splitter finished in bright orange, better integrated headlights that blend into the lateral edges of the upper fascia's wing, more angular fog-light, 3 strake diffuser painted with bright orange accent and chrome exhaust finisher.

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High-quality photos of redesigned 2018 Honda Fit leaked

There has been some excitement when Honda revealed it was redesigning the Fit. Dubbed as the Jazz in other markets, the excitement was upped further when a brochure released for the Japanese market revealed some grainy images.

A clearer set of high quality photos though has been leaked and shows what the changes are. Based on the images, it appears that no big changes were done but the small improvements did make it appear new and fresh.

On the rear section for example, the taillights continue to have the same form but the addition of LEDs positioned vertically help give it that style. While the photos do not really reveal if any change was done on the bumper, it won’t be surprising to know that considering the initial impression, there will only be subtle modifications. On the front, the Fit now appears to be more like the Civic. Its grille has a thick crossbar and under it is the small grille. The headlights have been redesigned as well and have the L-shaped running lights which utilize LED. Its fascia has been updated as well and now puts more focus on the fog lights especially as it makes larger niches at the corners.

Read the entire article High-quality photos of redesigned 2018 Honda Fit leaked

Honda to modify 12,000 MY2015 Fit found in owners’ possession

Honda Motor Co. will modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fits already in possession of customers in the United States after a mid-model-year engineering change that allowed the subcompact to improve its score on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap frontal crash test. In March, Fit received a “marginal” score on the test, prompting Honda’s engineers to adjust the welding process for the front bumper beam behind the subcompact's front fascia to make it more crashworthy.

Honda then requested another small overlap test, which was conducted in July. This time, the subcompact earned an “acceptable” rating. Honda implemented the production change on June 9, which means thousands of 2015 Fits initially built at Honda’s new assembly site in Mexico on and after April 11 do not feature the enhanced front bumper.

The rating also allowed the Fit to earn a 2014 Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS as it already received the top rating in the institute’s four other crash tests. The institute’s small overlap test entails having 25 percent of the driver’s side front end strike a solid barrier at 40 mph -- similar to when a vehicle strikes a pole, tree or other vehicle.

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Honda delays US rollout of 2015 Fit subcompact to June

Honda is delaying the roll out of its redesigned 2015 Honda Fit subcompact in the United States from late April to second week of June due to quality-control and transport issues. According to Honda spokesman Chris Martin who spoke with Automotive News, the issues were not major ones, noting that the 2015 Honda Fit has been available in Japan.

He remarked that since the Fit for the US market is being produced in a new plant by new workers, its ramp-up is slower than expected. He disclosed that even before the delay, Honda doesn’t expect full production to happen until fall.

Martin said that that the delay was caused by the discovery of deficiencies during quality checks by Honda engineers on the first batch of assembled units that have arrived at US ports and regional centers.

Read the entire article Honda delays US rollout of 2015 Fit subcompact to June

Honda will once again shock the subcompact segment with its redesigned 2015 Fit that boasts of best-in-class passenger and cargo space, more power and a 41-mpg fuel economy. The subcompact also boasts of class-above standard features like roofline spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera – all for just a base price that is just $100 more than the current model.

All models are powered by a new 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control that provides 130 hp of output and 114 pound feet of torque that returns an EPA-rated 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the LX version paired to Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

2015 Honda Fit’s practicality and fuel efficiency is well complemented with rich features, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment – combined with greater versatility upgraded technology and luxury features. Its center-mounted fuel tank contributes to its versatility while its Magic Seat allows for spacious and comfortable seating for five people and more cargo room, even for long and tall items.

Read the entire article 2015 Honda Fit gets a price tag of $15,525 in the United States

Honda unveiled the new 2015 Fit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new car will go on sale in the United States this spring and according to Honda it was completely redesigned from the ground in order to deliver an unparalleled combination of style, interior space, fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency.

Showing a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style, the 2015 Honda Fit features an aggressive front fascia that showcases a new grille and headlight design. At the rear, we find the reflectors and LED taillights that run along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser. The exterior design is completed by the 5-spoke wheel design wheels wrapped in larger 16-inch tires.

Comparing it with the outgoing model, the 2015 Honda Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.). The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.). Inside, all the 2015 FOt models are offered as standard with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

Read the entire article 2014 NAIAS: 2015 Honda Fit officially unveiled, will be built in North America

The redesigned Honda Fit that will be rolled out in the United States in mid-2014 won’t feature an engine stop-start system, a technology that helps save fuel by shutting off the engine at stoplights. Part of the reason is that the lag between stop and start makes the vehicle slow off the line. According to Nobuhiko Shishido, a lead powertrain engineer for the new Fit, speed and power rule in the US, leaving those small cars with stop-start systems in the dust.

Shishido remarked at a recent Fit preview that stop-start engines "will lose at stoplights to V-6s," referring to the extra split second it takes to re-engage the engine when a stop-start vehicle prepares to roll again. The stop-start system automatically shifts the car into neutral to turn off the engine. Then when a driver lifts his foot off the brake pedal, the starter motor re-engages the engine and the drivetrain is shifted back into drive.

The process may take nearly a second, according to Kentaro Yokoo, chief engineer of the hybrid drivetrain in the Fit. But one second may seem like eternity for those seeking to accelerate right when the stoplight turns green. Hybrid vehicles typically use the stop-start system as it helps improve fuel economy. But since big and powerful electric motors do double duty to restart the engine, the startup does not register delays.

Read the entire article US-bound 2014 Honda Fit will not have engine stop-start system

Honda Motor Co. is intending to bring hybrid variants of the Fit subcompact to the United States with its redesign. Honda will start selling third generation of the hatchback in the country by next summer, sales commencing in Japan this September. US dealers are not expected to receive the hybrid version of the standard Fit, but Honda is planning to create hybrid versions of a Fit-based small crossover and sedan for the US, which rollouts are expected as early as 2014.

Honda is betting on its newly developed one-motor gasoline-electric drivetrain, called Sport Hybrid Intelligent-Dual Clutch Drive, to challenge the dominance of Toyota hybrids in the US.

For years, Honda has been using the integrated motor assist system, but is shifting to Sport Hybrid Intelligent-Dual Clutch Drive, which the carmaker says boasts of better fuel economy than the outgoing system. The Honda Fit underlines the carmaker’s latest attempt to refresh its styling. It is also first product of Honda’s revamped global product development strategy, which targets to better tailor vehicles to local markets and regional manufacturing abilities.

Read the entire article Honda plans to bring Fit hybrid variants to the US

Honda unveiled the all-new 2014 Fit Hybrid and announced that the new car will go on sale in Japan this September. According to the official press release, the 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid is the first model from the Japanese manufacturer to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD).

For those who don’t know, this is Honda’s lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system suited for small-sized vehicles. Under the hood there is a four-cylinder 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine, which is bolted to a 7-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.

Moreover, the electric servo brake system increases electrical regenerative efficiency, while the fully-electric compressor reduces engine load. As a result, fuel consumption is improved by more than 35% compared to a current IMA hybrid system.

Read the entire article Honda unveils the all-new 2014 Fit/Jazz Hybrid

If you don’t like the current Honda Jazz/Fit then, you will have a surprise, as the Japanese manufacturer will debut a new version of its well-known model. The 2014 Honda Jazz/Fit will receive a new design inspired by the bigger Insight featuring angular headlights as well as a redesigned front grille. Still, this is not all because the 2014 Fit/Jazz will get a redesigned front bumper with bigger air inlets, new taillights and a fresh rear bumper with new air inlets.

We don’t have any details regarding the hybrid version but the vehicle is confirmed and we will post some photos as soon as we have them. The interior was also updated but unfortunately we don’t have any photos, just one with the digital instrument cluster.

The official debut of the 2014 Honda Jazz/Fit is expected to be made this fall in Japan, while the United States market will get it in spring of 2014. Honda will build the 2014 Fit in Mexico, same place where it will build the production version of the Urban SUV Concept.

Read the entire article 2014 Honda Jazz/Fit Facelift: first photos emerge

As other carmakers are dropping prices offers for their electric vehicles, Honda decided to adopt the same strategy and slash the lease deal for the Fit EV starting June. Currently, the Honda Fit EV is available for $389/month and Honda plans to lower the price to 259/month. Despite the price drop, the offer still includes collision insurance, scheduled maintenance, unlimited mileage and a 240-volt Leviton charger.

So, if you want a Fit EV, the only out-of-pocket cost is when starting the lease and you have to pay the first month's lease payment, license and registration fees. "There never been an upfront [capitalized cost] payment, and there will never be," said spokeswoman Robyn Eagles.

Moreover, Honda will also expand the network of certified Fit EV dealers in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Honda will have more than 200 showrooms from 36.

Read the entire article Honda Fit EV monthly lease price reduced from $389 to $259 a month

Takanobu Ito, the President of Honda Motor Co., is expecting the subcompact Fit hatchback to be the carmaker’s fastest-growing model in North America over the next four years. Ito is expecting to sell 200,000 units of Fit hatchback and new variants in the next four years in North America, from 64,177 units in 2011.

Following Ito’s target, the Fit is expected to boost Honda’s sales in North America by 18% to 2 million vehicles in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 – more than the carmaker's current high-volume Accord, Civic, Odyssey or CR-V. Honda is expecting to sell 1.7 million vehicles in North America in 2012. Ito is expecting Fit's sales in the U.S. to rise after a redesign scheduled for 2013.

Honda will commence production of the Fit at a new plant in Mexico in 2014, providing dealers more Fits to sell without their profits affect by the dollar-yen exchange rate. The arrival of additional body-style variants of the Fit is also expected to help. Ito told Automotive News last week that they have set the target of selling 2 million vehicles in 2016.

Read the entire article Honda president expects to sell 200,000 Fits in next 4 years in North America

Honda has built a Fit-based crossover dubbed the Honda Fit Twist that it will enter in the subcompact segment in Brazil. In the past, Honda had mentioned that it will develop a Fit-based crossover but before you get your hopes up, this isn’t the one it promised. In fact, the Honda Fit Twist will only be available in Brazil.

The Brazilian motoring public loves their subcompact crossovers, which are actually B-segment hatchbacks modified to appear like butch off-roaders. By adding cladding, flared fenders, bigger wheels/tires, and lifting the ride height, Honda has already built a super-small, incredibly cheap, and extremely efficient SUV-like vehicle.

This type of combination has reaped success in South America, with vehicles like the Volkswagen CrossFox, the Fiat Idea Adventure, and the first-generation Ford EcoSport.

Read the entire article Honda unveils Fit-based Twist crossover

There’s a new option available for California residents who want to drive an electric car. The Honda Fit EV has been added to Zipcar’s car-sharing fleets in San Francisco. Zipcar offers the Fit EV for rent for just $8 per hour, just like its other vehicles. Last April, Honda inked a deal to provide new cars to Zipcar such as the Insight hybrid and CR-V crossover.

With the addition of the Honda Fit EV in San Francisco, it furthers the goal of the two companies to add more low-emission vehicles to the car sharing fleet. Zipcar also aims to add the 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid. In January 2011, Zipcar started to offer the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to its fleets.

In a statement, Zipcar president Mark Norman said that adding the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet enables its members to get behind the wheel of one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while minimizing the impact to the environment.

Read the entire article Honda Fit EV now added to Zipcar’s car-sharing fleets in San Francisco

Honda is planning to develop and produce a crossover built on the new platform that underpins the next generation Honda Fit, according to report by Nikkei business daily. The plan is part of Honda’s strategy to sell more than a million vehicles that are based on the Fit platform, the report said.

The Japanese carmaker earlier said the Fiat will pioneer a new regional R&D strategy, which calls for producing global nameplates that will signal a respite from its one-size-fits-all approach. The Fit-based crossover will be marketed in the United States and in countries in Europe, with global volume expected to hit 400,000 units, according to Nikkei.

If the report is true, we could expect the U.S. version of Fit-based crossover to be built at Honda’s new Mexican plant slated to open in 2014. Honda’s new Mexican plant has been set to produce the Fit hatchback.

Read the entire article Honda plans to build Fit-based crossover

The Honda Fit EV – the latest battery-electric vehicle to arrive in the market -- will be available in California and Oregon beginning on July 20. But it will be available in six East Coast markets starting early next year. Rolling out the model in stages is a strategy that is used on early-adopter markets by many automakers to launch alternative-propulsion models like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Those from California or Oregon who want to soon drive the EV version of the compact car has to be ready to spend more than $389 a month for a 36-month lease. Even if this figure is higher than other leases or comparable models like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, it has to be remembered that this figure is a zero-down lease.

The Leaf and Mitsubishi i electric only need a down payment as part of the lease. The Ford Focus Electric costs $439 every month. The one who got her also gets a $2490 down payment, $595 acquisition fee, and $3524 expected at signing. Similar to the Volt, the Fit EV lease is a closed-end lease, and the car can’t be bought before the term ends. What paying for an amount each month gets the customer is the current highest-rated fuel efficiency rating that the EPA has granted.

Read the entire article 2013 Honda Fit EV will lease for $389 a month

Honda Motor Co. had a ceremony last Wednesday to break ground on a project for a new plant in Mexico that will produce the Fit small car, which will be exported to the U.S. as well as other markets. At the same time, it is expanding its local production footprint to fight the strengthening yen (which has been eating up profits).

This plant located near Celaya, Guanajuato, will start to operate in 2014 with a 200,000-vehicle capacity each year. Honda first mentioned this plant in August but back then, it declined to say what model will be produced there. In a statement, Honda said that this plant will boost Honda's production capacity in North America to 1.87 million units by the early part of 2014 from the current 1.63 million figure.

This new factory will have 3,200 workers. Honda made an announcement last January that it will produce the next generation Acura NSX sports car in Ohio. This car will start selling by the end of 2014. Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., said that Honda will soon have production lines in North America for various vehicles, ranging from subcompacts to super cars.

Read the entire article Honda opens new factory in Mexico to build the Fit for the U.S. market

Honda has delivered a fleet of 2013 Fit EVs to the City of Torrance, Calif., Stanford University and Google last week in line with the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. Participants will conduct tests and record their feedback for the automaker. Steve Center, vice president of the environmental business development office at American Honda, explained that the aim of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program is to better comprehend the opportunities and challenges associated with the battery-electric technology advancement.

He added that the automaker's experience as well as the feedback from Stanford University, the City of Torrance and Google will be "valuable" to the future introduction of battery-electric technology.

Stanford University will utilize the vehicles to test theories, which are recently developed, about the physical and psychological reactions of driving battery-electric automobiles and their difference when using gasoline-powered car.

Read the entire article Google, Stanford University and City of Torrance to test 2013 Honda Fit EV

U.S. consumers have become more concerned about the price of gas as well as car payments. Because of this, there has been a noted shift from midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Ford Fusion to small cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze and the Honda Fit.

Another factor that has contributed to the shift is that small cars are not as cramped as the econoboxes in the 1980s and 1990s and they have been equipped with the features that bigger cars have. Marketing information firm J.D. Power and Associates said that as early as this year, compact cars are expected to outsell midsize vehicles.

This event has never been seen in at least the past 20 years. About a handful of years ago, almost 250,000 more midsize cars than compact cars were sold in the U.S. Of course, gas was a lot cheaper and automakers didn’t have as many small models on sale. By 2015, J.D. Power believes that compact and subcompact cars will make up 20% of sales while midsize cars will only make up around 14%.

Read the entire article Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Fit becoming more popular among consumers

The all-new 2013 Fit EV, which is on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will start to be leased to its U.S. customers in California and Oregon in the summer of 2012. The 2013 Fit EV offers a range of 123 city miles per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway) and is a 1 battery electric commuter vehicle.

Based on the Fit hatchback, the Fit EV is a part of the company's diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles such as the gasoline-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell-electric and natural gas-powered models. This model will start to be leased to six East Coast markets in early 2013.

Fit EV has a MSRP of $36,625 and its lease price is estimated to be $399 a month. Honda will be tracking how the market accepts its product but it anticipates that this early, production volume will be around 1,100 Fit EV's over the next three years. Customers who want to lease a Fit EV are asked to sign up at FitEV.Honda.com where they can get more details.

Read the entire article 2013 Honda Fit EV will be available for lease only, at $399 per month
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