The company's head of domestic sales, Hiroshi Kobayashi said Honda has already received 10,000 orders for the Fit Hybrid, which was given its world premiere at the recent Paris Motor Show. The newly-added Fit Hybrid will be offered locally at the starting price of 1.59 million yen, making it the most affordable gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle in Japan.
Honda said the JDM version of the hybrid model has a fuel economy of 30km/liter under the Japanese highway test system. The car, which makes use of the same IMA system with a 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine as the Insight Hybrid, will go on sale in certain European markets from early 2011 as the Jazz Hybrid. Honda has not yet to announce its sales in other parts of the world.
The new Fit Hybrid is joined in Japan by a subtly refreshed version of the regular gasoline-powered Fit with a 1.3-liter engine. The modest facelift is limited to new grille and bumper (front and rear) designs which are said to help improve the car's aerodynamic efficiency. Revised tail lamps and updated interior trims complete the facelift.