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Honda to begin production of hybrid Fit/Jazz in Thailand

By SYF77 on 27 May 2012

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The Nikkei reports that Honda Motor Co. plans to assemble the hybrid version of its Fit (or Jazz) subcompact in Thailand starting this summer. This is the company’s first production in Asia of hybrids outside of Japan.

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The additional production facility is to cater to the increased sales of its popular hybrid. In 2011, Honda sold 86,000 units of the Fit hybrid globally, unveiled a version of the Fit Hybrid for the Japanese and European markets at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The new Thai facility in the Ayutthaya province will assemble the Fit hybrids from Complete Knock Down kits (CKDs) shipped over from Japan. The 1.3-litre engine and the hybrid drivetrain, which the car shares with the Insight, will also be shipped from Japan.

The company decided to assemble the vehicle in Thailand, its key production site in Asia, with an eye on exporting it to neighboring nations. Therefore, there is a good chance that we will be getting the car in Singapore in the near future.

In the Honda Insight, the 1.3-litre hybrid drivetrain produces 88bhp and is coupled with a CVT transmission. The century sprint is completed in a leisurely 12.4 seconds. Since the Insight is larger than the Fit, we can expect the hybrid Fit to be slightly zipper than the Insight. The hybrid Fit’s main rival would be the Toyota Prius C hybrid. The baby Prius has a 1.5-litre petrol engine and is rated at 100bhp.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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