The Honda Fit, which is also marketed as the Honda Jazz, is a 4-door front-engine front-wheel drive subcompact car that is both manufactured and marketed by Japanese carmaker Honda. Production of this vehicle began in 2001 and it is currently in its third generation. This vehicle was marketed on an international level and in ten different plans located in eight different countries around the world. Sales for this car have reached a total of around 5 million as of 2013. The Fit shares the same platform as the Mobilio Spike, Airwave, Freed, and Freed Spike, and is known for its one-box or monospace with an interior packaging concept that allows for reconfigurable cargo volume.
Honda introduced a number of different hybrid gasoline-electric versions of the Fit in Japan in October of 2010 as well as in Europe in early 2011. The Fit EV is a limited production all-electric version and was officially released in the United States in July of 2012 as well as in Japan the next month of the same year. The “Jazz” nameplate has been used in a number of different places in the world, including Australia, the Middle East, Oceania, Europe and certain countries in Asia.
The first generation of the Honda Fit premiered in June of 2001 in Japan, instantly become a smash hit. When this vehicle was first introduced, it won the Car of the Year award in Japan. This car had managed to outsell the Toyota Carolla by December of 2001, ranking number one in sales for nine out of twelve months for the next year. This vehicle was also introduced in Europe in early 2002 as well as Australia in late 2002, South Africa and South East Asia in 2003, Mexico in 2005, and China in 2004.
There was also a production model of the Fit developed for the United States and Canadian markets which was introduced in January of 2006 and premiered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This car was released in Canada in April of 2006 and in the United States just a few days later. The first generation of this vehicle was quickly replaced after just two model years by 2009 in North American Markets. There have been numerous interations of this vehicle and all of them retain the same platform as the original.
The Fit Hybrid debuted in Japan in October of 2010 with an initial cost of just $20,000, making it one of the most affordable hybrid vehicles on the market at the time in this country. This vehicle uses a 1.3 liter engine as well as an electric motor with a fuel economy of around 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers or 86 mpg/71 mph. This vehicle also uses a parallel hybrid system that works in tandem with the gasoline engine, which is why it is able to offer such amazing gas mileage. The parallel hybrid system that this car uses is able to enhance overall driving performance as well as fuel economy.
The Fit Shuttle is a compact station wagon version of the original with a design that originated from the second generation model of the Fit and it is available only in Japan. The Shuttle is the successor to the station wagon version of the original Fit, which was sold as the Airwave. The official launch date for this car was June of 2011, but it was ultimately pushed back from March after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March of 2011. The drivetrain for the Shuttle are the same as the Fit, with the Shuttle offering a 1.5 L i-VTEC engine which is capable of 120 horsepower.