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All-New 2015 Honda Fit Appears, Hybrid Model Too (Not For U.S., Though?) Page 2

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New Honda Fit Hybrid (Japan-only model)

New Honda Fit Hybrid (Japan-only model)

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Hybrid models get not only the now-standard electric power steering, but also electrically operated air-conditioning compressors and water pumps, meaning a beltless engine with no power-sucking accessory drives.

DI engine, CVT for other Fits

Non-hybrid models of the 2015 Honda Fit will have 1.5-liter direct-injection engines and a new CVT, as detailed last November. A six-speed manual gearbox will also be offered.

Honda suggests the CVT powertrain will boost gas mileage about 10 percent, while reducing acceleration times by about 15 percent, compared to the current Fit engine with the five-speed automatic.

The U.S. is less likely to receive the Fit Hybrid, which may not gain EPA ratings sufficiently higher than the regular Fit to justify its increased cost.

Expanded range, built in Mexico

While the new Fit will go on sale in Japan and other markets this September, it won't appear in the U.S. until the 2015 model year.

That's because it will be assembled for North America in a new factory in Mexico, now under construction.

Production of the latest Fit five-door hatchback--along with a Fit four-door sedan and a new crossover previewed at the Detroit Auto Show, both on the same underpinnings, is expected to start sometime next year.

So far, there's no word on whether there will be a new-generation Honda Fit EV to succeed the current low-volume compliance car sold for the 2012 through 2014 model years.

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Comments (7)
  1. Might take me a while to get used to the look.
     
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  2. It looks like they have refined the aerodynamics - the crisp edges on the back will help form a Kamm back, and the hatch "spoiler" is flush and curved in the right direction. Do we know the Cd of this new model? Will they be selling the i-DCD hybrid in the USA?

    I hope they kept the Magic Seat...

    Neil
     
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  3. "mid-size sedans and perhaps, one day, even minivans--now used in the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid."

    Minivans? Finally!!!! I can get on board with Honda plug-in hybrid minivan.
     
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  4. "Honda suggests the CVT powertrain will boost gas mileage about 10 percent, while reducing acceleration times by about 15 percent, compared to the current Fit engine with the five-speed automatic." Disappointing. My current Fit is rated 28/34, leaving it to expect about 31/38 at best in the new version, largely behind the competition already.
     
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  5. Context Damien...context! The new Fit will be more then 10% fuel efficient then the current generation. The statement you quoted ONLY refers to the new transmission, the CVT, contribution to better mileage. The obvious better aerodynamics, likely lighter weight, and usual Honda tweaks to the motor will likely bring at least another 10% mpg bump. I look for the new, third gen base CVT Honda Fit built for the USA to get about 32/42 mpg. Those are pretty good numbers considering all that the Fit can do/hold along w/ stellar Honda reliability

    Lets hope the 15% acceleration drop from new CVT is offset by a lighter, more aerodynamic, and more torquey Fit. The Fit was never a burner at the line so I'd be real surprised if Honda made it worse
     
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  6. There are many gaps in this story. If the higher price of a Hybrid Fit can't justify the fuel savings, how is Toyota apparently able to do so with its Prius C....which consumes more fuel in the Japanese test cycle? Is this because the new non-hybrid Fit is so efficient already? How can a hyrid Fit be cost justified in some markets, but not in others? Is it all related to gas prices? If so, it won't be long until North American gas prices increase to what others pay now.
     
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  7. @Ted: You say that "... it won't be long until North American gas prices increase to what others pay now."

    How do you figure that this is the case? The bulk of the difference in gasoline prices between the U.S. (~ $4/gallon) and European countries ($8 to $9/gallon) is added taxes. Oil and refined products are fairly fungible, and will go where the market demands them.

    Do you expect the U.S. to add $4 per gallon or more in taxes to the price of a gallon of gasoline? Because given the current dysfunction in our capital, that seems highly unlikely. Congress today can't even pass a budget, let alone agree on and pass any kind of U.S. energy policy.

    So where does your prediction come from?
     
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