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2013 Honda Fit EV launched in L.A.

2013 Honda Fit EV

Honda revealed this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show the EV version of the Fit which will be available only on lease starting with 2012. The MSRP of the car is $36,625 while the estimated lease is priced at $399 / month. At first, the car will be available in California and Oregon starting with the summer of next year, followed by six East Coast markets in the beginning of 2013.

2013 Honda Fit EV

The Japanese car maker has stated that they expect to produce somewhere around 1,100 units of the Fit EV during the next three years, but they are willing to increase this number if there’s enough demand.

2013 Honda Fit EV

The pure electric subcompact is motivated by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92 kW (124 hp) coaxial electric motor derived from the one used in the FCX Clarity. The Fit EV features a three-mode electric system that was adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid which allows the driver of the vehicle to choose between Econ, Normal and Sport modes in order to improve performance or efficiency. In Econ mode, Honda said that the car’s range is 17% higher when compared to the Normal mode, while the Sport mode improves acceleration.

2013 Honda Fit EV

Using a 240-volt charger, the battery pack of the car can be charged in approximately three hours, which should be enough for a driving range of about 123 miles (198 km) in the city and 76 miles (122 km) in the combined cycle. The Honda Fit EV features a new regenerative braking system and an AC system, along with a telematics system that allows the driver to stay connected via a personal computer, smartphone or interactive remote, through which he can view the state of charge, start charging or activate the AC system and heater.

2013 Honda Fit EV

The 2013 Honda Fit EV will be available in one exclusive color, dubbed Reflection Blue Pearl, and it will come with a bunch of EV decals and badges, as well as redesigned front + rear bumpers, bespoke alloys and a unique chrome front fascia. Inside the cabin the seating surfaces will be wrapped around in bio-fabric while the instrument panel will feature a built-in central screen.

Source: Honda via Carscoop

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2012 Honda Fit Gets Some Mild Updates

2012 Honda Fit Sport

The 2012 Honda Fit Sport was announced the other day and it comes with a bunch of changes, starting with the design where it will come with a new front bumper, an updated grille and a pair of tinted headlights. The car will ride on a new set of 16-inch alloys that have a “machined surface” finish.

2012 Honda Fit Sport

As far as the cabin is concerned, it will come with a dark metallic trim, revised cup holders (exciting, right?) and more chrome accents. Aside from these rather insignificant updates, the 2012 Fit Sport will benefit from better seat upholstery, improved sound insulation and Bluetooth connectivity, the latter being an optional feature.

2012 Honda Fit Sport

Under the hood there’s going to be only one engine available, a 4-cylinder 1.5-liter power unit that develops 117 hp (119 PS / 87 kW) and a peak torque of 106 lb.-ft (144 Nm). Honda estimates that the car will return 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

2012 Honda Fit Sport

It will go on sale very soon and the base price will be of $16,910, which I guess it’s quite decent for one of the best cars in its class. It could have been a lot better if they did something more significant about the design, but I guess it’s a matter of tastes.

Source: Honda

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Best Car $20,000 Will Buy You

We always want what’s best for our families, but we also need to think about prices and budgets. We also want something that will please each member of our family, will ensure comfort when it comes to long drives and will guarantee us the safety of our loved ones.

I personally believe that $20,000 it’s a family friendly budget that will be enough to cover all the desires we might have. That’s why I thought about a top six best family cars that $20,000 will buy you. That being said we will consider the cars from the lowest to the highest price.

First in line we have the Nissan Versa for $10,710. This is a mid-size car with plenty of room for kids of all ages. In addition to this it’s also available in both body styles: sedan and hatchback. The price is good and even with all possible improvements (a custom made touch) the price doesn’t go over $18,000. But if the budget can’t be stretched, Versa 1.6 is an outstanding choice for your family.

Nissan Versa

Number two to on our list is the Nissan Cube sold for no more than $14,710. The tall roof and the generous back seats represent a plus for any family. For the price you will also get as standard equipment power windows and locks and also air conditioning. Regarding safety you will be happy to know that the price will also provide for your car an electronic stability control.

Nissan Cube

The next family friendly car on our list is the Honda Fit available for $15,610. This “little one” will impress you with its cargo space of 20.6 cubic feet and with the same generous back seats despite its small size. Moreover, if we consider safety you should know that it was designed to survive accidents with larger vehicles and also the Sport model has as standard electronic stability control. Even if the price tag is slightly higher going up to $16,410 the investment might be worth making if you think about the safety advantage.

Fourth on our list, the Scion xB, can be yours for only $16,250. That can start looking like a really good price once you will find out that its interior resembles more an SUV than a simple car. Also, the price includes a lot of equipment specially designed for your families comfort and safety.

Another little wonder is the Hyundai Elantra Touring that’s on the market for only $16,715. The size is great for family trips and a growing family, the car being more of a wagon size than a hatchback size. The new 2010 model, GLS it’s all about you comfort including in its design air conditioning, electronic stability control, sunroof and many other facilities.

Kia Rondo is my sixth choice and can be yours for $18,190. It’s a bit of a hybrid between a SUV and a minivan, but with seven seats it’s a blessing for any large family. What you must know is that you may need to pay an extra $2000 if you want air conditioning and a more reliable V6 engine (the extra fuel consumption won’t be significant). But for the benefits the extra money seems reasonable.

Those were my choices and I hope it will be helpful information for families that are in search of the best car $20,000 will buy you. What I’m sure it’s that your car it’s somewhere out there. You just have to look for it.

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Honda Recalls 700,000 Fit Models

2009 Honda Fit Sport

The Japanese automaker Honda has recently announced that they are recalling about 700,000 units of their Fit model due to faulty lost motion springs in the valve train. It is possible that over time these springs may fatigue and eventually break which will cause the power unit to stall. This rather significant recall covers certain 2009-2010 Fit, Freed and City models. So far, Honda received 72 complaints related to this issue in Japan and 29 from elsewhere in the world.

2009 Honda Fit Sport

In Japan, Honda has recalled 176,000 units while in China this recall affects 156,000 Fit models. Another 233,000 units are being recalled through the rest of Asia. 122,000 North Americans will be heading out to the dealerships due to this issue; over 70,000 of them are from the United States.

2009 Honda Fit Sport

The good news is that no accidents and/or injuries have been reported as a result of this problem.

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Honda Jazz Hybrid revealed, won’t be coming to the US as a Fit Hybrid


Honda is expanding its hybrid efforts and has just announced that a new model will join the existing green models like the Insight, Civic or the new CR-Z: the Honda Jazz Hybrid.

The greener compact hatchback won’t be really differentiated from its regular internal combustion powered brothers, except for a slightly redesigned front fascia, including the bumper, headlights and grille. The price won’t be severely jacked up either, as Honda wants the Jazz Hybrid to be the entry level in its green lineup both in Europe and in its native Japan.

According to previous statements though, don’t expect the Jazz Hybrid to appear as a Honda Fit Hybrid in the USA, as it might possibly rival the CR-Z, which is something the company wants to avoid.


The Honda Jazz Hybrid will use the same Integrated Motor Assist hybrid assembly, meaning it won’t exactly blow your mind with its fuel economy. Still, the car will certainly attract its fair share of eco-conscious customers.

Expect the Honda Jazz Hybrid to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this fall.

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Videos: Honda Australia shows off how many things you can pack in a Jazz/Fit


We’ve seen some pretty interesting ads lately, culminating with the ones for the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, which put real people in the passenger seat of the performance model being thrown around by rally driver Dave Mirra.

Now, Honda Australia has revealed a brand new batch of commercials, under the slogan ‘How much _____ can you pack into a Jazz?’.

As you know, Jazz is the name of the Honda Fit outside the USA. The compact hatchback is now showcasing its spacious interior by trying to fit in as many unusual things as possible. The commercials attempt, in a ‘scientific’ way, to see how many hipsters, ninjas, rappers or even professional body builders can be squeezed into the Jazz/Fit.

Needless to say, all of the videos are hilarious, so hit the jump and check them out.
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Honda issues recall for 646,000 Fit/Jazz models all over the world


It seems that Toyota isn’t the only Japanese carmaker to issue global recalls these days, as Honda has recently announced the recall of 646,000 units of its compact city car, the Fit, or the Jazz, as it is known in other parts of the world.

But while Toyota has been plagued with unintended acceleration issues, it seems Honda’s problems are fire-related, as the electric power window mechanism isn’t completely sealed, and might see rain enter its housing, which can cause a fire to erupt.

The recall affects all the major markets where the Fit/Jazz is sold, including North and South America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. Only three incidents were reported so far, but it’s better to be safe than on fire.

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Toyota Prius still dominates Japanese market, ahead of hybrid rival Honda Insight


Although it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone remotely familiar with how the automotive industry works nowadays, it seems that the Toyota Prius is still experiencing strong sales in its native Japan, beating its fellow hybrid rival, the Honda Insight.

26,918 Prius models were sold during the month of October, showing the popularity that the Toyota model enjoys. The Insight however, ranked number nine overall, with just 7,074 models sold, but well over the target that Honda set for the hybrid model, of 5,000 units.

What’s a bit surprising is that the second best selling car was another Honda model, the Fit/Jazz, which went on to sell 15,444 units during October, showing that even a normal model, with the right accessories and qualities, can dominate a market which is oriented towards hybrids.

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‘Defend Fit City!’ game featuring the new Honda Fit

Well, if you have a lot of spare time, or you got bored at the office, here’s a cool little game for you, that features the new Honda Fit. The story goes like this: “A convoy of Petrol King tankers rumble through the desert. Most are attacked and ravaged by voracious predators. A hero of efficiency* must drive alone through a gauntlet of mutant guzzlers to carry out an epic mission. Lead the all-new 2009 Fit on a wide screen cinematic adventure to outrun the gas-sucking Fuelivores and defend Fit City—the last bastion of efficiency.” Sounds really apocalyptic, right? Click here to play the game, which is kind of retarded, but at least you also get some Honda Fit goodies. Enjoy!

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2009 Honda Jazz/Fit tuning by INGS+1

Honda’s attempt at the small city car market the Fit, in America, or Jazz in Europe and other countries, is a pretty nifty car, quite suitable for a modern city with its design. But tuners saw quite a bit of potential in the little car, the guys at Mugen already made quite an interesting project with the city car, so did the guys at INGS+1, who thought it needed some more agressiveness, and created this tuning kit for the owners that want their Honda to stand out from all the other cars. And stand out it does, the design of the kit being really clean and impresses through the way it just comes as a natural evolution of the standard design.

The kit consists of a standard bodykit, formed of a front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper, priced at $1640, and as additions, a rear wing, at $470 and for that little something different, an aero carbon fiber hood, for a hefty $960. As a finishing touch, they also offer 17-inch wheels wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza tires.

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All-new 2009 Honda Fit makes US debut at New York

At the New York Auto Show Honda presented the all-new 2009 Honda Fit, for the first time in the United States. Dick Colliver, Executive Vice President of Honda USA said: “Critics and customers alike have voted the Fit among the best small vehicles on the road [...] This new Fit raises the bar even further, taking what was already great about the Fit, making it even better and throwing in a healthy dose of refinement.”

The new Fit will be powered by a new 1.5-literi-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and Honda will offer either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel for the Honda Fit Sport). Honda paid a lot of attention to safety and the new Fit features plenty of systems destined to make the car as safe as possible. We have Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure technology, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), active head restraints, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags.

That’s about all the details we have so far, but Honda announced that more details on the 2009 Honda Fit will be made available closer to launch date, which is scheduled for this fall.

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