|Also called||Honda Jazz|
Honda Life (China, Dongfeng Honda, 2020–present)
|Production||June 2001 – present|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Subcompact car (B)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive (Japan)
|Platform||Honda Global Small Car|
|Successor||Honda City Hatchback (Southeast Asia)|
The Honda Fit (Japanese: ホンダ・フィット, Hepburn: Honda Fitto), also marketed as Honda Jazz, is a five-door B-segment supermini or subcompact car manufactured and marketed by Honda since 2001 and now in its fourth generation. Marketed worldwide and manufactured at ten plants in eight countries, sales reached almost 5 million by mid-2013.
Sharing Honda's global small car platform with the City, Airwave, first generation Mobilio and Freed, the Fit is noted for its one-box or monospace design; forward-located fuel tank; configurable seats that Honda calls "Magic Seats", that fold in several ways to accommodate cargo in varying shapes and sizes— and cargo volume competitive to larger vehicles.
Honda released hybrid petroleum-electric versions of the Fit in Japan in October 2010 and in Europe in early 2011. Honda released the Fit EV, a limited production all-electric version, in the United States in July 2012 and in Japan the following month. By 2012, Honda Fit was produced in 12 countries, including Japan, Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.
Honda uses the "Jazz" nameplate in Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, some ASEAN countries and India; and "Fit" in Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan and the Americas.
First generation (GD/GE; 2001)
The first-generation Fit debuted in June 2001 in Japan and subsequently was introduced in Europe (early 2002), Australia (late 2002), South America (early 2003), South Africa and Southeast Asia (2003), China (September 2004), and Mexico (late 2005).
A production model for the United States and Canada debuted on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car was released in Canada on April 3, 2006, and in the U.S. on April 20, 2006 as a 2007 model year.
The first-generation Fit uses Honda's Global Small Car platform, which is also used by Fit Aria/City (a sedan version of the Fit), the Airwave (a station wagon version of Fit Aria/City), the Mobilio, and Mobilio Spike. Depending on the region, the Fit is available with a 1.2-, 1.3- (in Europe referred as 1.4 L model), 1.5-liter i-DSI engine, or 1.5-liter VTEC engine. All four engines are based on Honda's L-series engine family.
Second generation (GE; 2007)
The second-generation Fit/Jazz debuted on 17 October 2007 at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show. At its introduction in 2007, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award for the second time. The vehicle offered a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and is wider and longer overall.
Two engines were offered in the second-generation Fit. A 1.3-litre i-VTEC produces 100 PS (99 hp; 74 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 127 N⋅m (13.0 kg⋅m; 93.7 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm. A 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine was also offered and produces a maximum output of 120 PS (118 hp; 88 kW) at 6,600 rpm and 145 N⋅m (14.8 kg⋅m; 107 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm.
The hybrid version was launched October 2010 in Japan. The Fit Hybrid featured a 1.3-litre engine and electric motor, with an estimated fuel economy of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (86 mpg‑imp; 71 mpg‑US) measured in accordance with Japanese 10–15 cycle. The car used a parallel hybrid system that works in tandem with the petrol engine.
Honda also showed a concept electric vehicle based on the second generation Fit in 2010. It was mass-produced as the Fit EV in 2013–2015. The 2013 model year production Fit EV was unveiled at the November 2011 Los Angeles Show. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack combined with an AC synchronous, permanent magnet coaxial traction motor and low-friction reduction gearbox. Honda said the Fit EV concept had an all-electric range of 70 to 100 miles (110 to 160 km) and a top speed of 90 miles per hour (140 km/h).
Third generation (GK/GH/GP; 2013)
|Third generation (GK3/4/5/6/7/GH7/GP5/6)|
|Also called||Honda Jazz|
|Model years||2014–2020 (North America)|
|Designer||Riku Wada (2010)|
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Honda Shuttle (GK/GP)|
Honda City (GM)
Honda HR-V (RU)
Honda Freed (GB)
|Wheelbase||2,530 mm (99.6 in)|
|Length||3,955–4,100 mm (155.7–161.4 in)|
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,525–1,550 mm (60.0–61.0 in)|
|Curb weight||1,020–1,080 kg (2,249–2,381 lb)|
1,080–1,230 kg (2,381–2,712 lb) (Hybrid)
1,130–1,150 kg (2,491–2,535 lb) (Diesel)
|Successor||Honda City Hatchback (Southeast Asia)|
The third-generation Fit/Jazz retains the overall design concept of previous generations, notably the center-located fuel tank and multi-configuration interior concept, marketed as Magic Seating.
Honda's all-new "Global Small Car Platform" employing ultra-high strength 780 MPa yield steel for 27% of its bodywork — and a shorter overall length (-1.6 inches (-4cm)), longer wheelbase (+1.2inch (+3cm)) increased rear legroom (+4.8 inches(+12.2cm)) and increased passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft (+135.9L)) compared to its previous generation.
Body panels are both welded and bolted to the frame in a hybrid monocoque and spaceframe fusion — and rear torsion beam suspension is more compact, no longer using an anti-sway bar to maximize interior and cargo space. Honda HR-V shares its platform with the Fit.
Japanese models went on sale on 6 September 2013. Models available in Japan range from the 13G, 15X, RS and hybrid.
The Fit Hybrid uses an Earth Dreams 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine paired with a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) and an internal high-output motor, IPU (Intelligent Power Unit) with lithium-ion battery, electric servo braking system with variable servo ratio control. The next-generation sport hybrid i-DCD system combines a 97 kW (132 PS; 130 hp), 156 N⋅m (15.9 kg⋅m; 115 lb⋅ft) 1.5-liter direct injection engine combined with a 22 kW (30 PS; 30 hp) 160 N⋅m (16.3 kg⋅m; 118 lb⋅ft) Honda H1 motor. Powertrains are shared with Honda Vezel and Honda Grace Hybrid.
Compared to the outgoing IMA hybrid, the new hybrid can now run fully on electric while driving, making it on par with Toyota Prius. Japanese cycle fuel consumption go as low as 37 km/L for the facelift base model. Cargo capacity is 470 liters.
Non-hybrid models include the 13G (Earth Dreams 1.3-liter Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine and CVT transmission), 15X (Earth Dreams 1.5-liter direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine), RS (Earth Dreams 1.5-liter direct injection DOHC i-VTEC engine). The RS variant, like the outgoing model, features cosmetic enhancements featuring a sporty all-round body kit, 16-inch wheels, red interior stitching and sports pedals.
The U.S. model debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in June as a 2015 model year vehicle. The third-generation model replaces the previous SOHC engine with an all-new 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine featuring direct injection and an intake cam using continuously variable cam phasing with a variable lift dual cam lobe profile. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters adopted from the Civic. Fuel mileage ratings for automatic models are 33/41/36 mpg (LX model, city/highway/combined) or 32/38/35 mpg (EX and EX-L trim levels).
A commemorative edition to celebrate the end of the Honda Fit for the Mexican market named "Final Edition" was launched in 1 December 2020. It is painted in the Azul Sport (Sport Blue) colour, equipped with side wings, a rear spoiler, and a commemorative plaque.
The Malaysian-market third-generation Jazz is available in S, E, and V trims. Regardless of trim, all variants get a non-direct-injected 1.5-liter L15Z SOHC i-VTEC engine an Earth Dreams CVT.
Honda launched the Jazz Hybrid in June 2017, as the facelifted version. Malaysia is the only country other than Japan to sell the Jazz Sport Hybrid. Honda gives 8-year unlimited mileage warranty on the battery.
The third-generation Jazz was launched by Honda Prospect Motor on June 26, 2014. It is equipped with the non-direct-injected 1.5-liter L15ZC engine and offered in three trims: the A, S, and RS, with either manual or CVT transmission, and a special edition called Black Top Limited Edition which was launched at the 22nd Indonesia International Motor Show in September 2014. It underwent two minor changes, first in 2016 where it was fitted with a new "floating" audio head unit design, added padding on passenger airbag, and redesigned wheel. In 2017, the RS is fitted with new LED headlights and underwent some cosmetic changes.
The third-generation Jazz was rolled out on July 8, 2015 from the stables of Japanese automaker in India. Powering the new-geneneration Honda Jazz is a 1.2-liter L12B i-VTEC motor churning a peak power of 90 PS (89 hp; 66 kW) and a 1.5-liter N15 i-DTEC, Earth Dreams diesel engine having a power of 100 PS (99 hp; 74 kW). India is the first and the only market, where the Jazz has been offered in diesel. The diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The hatchback has been offered in 5 regular variants (E, S, SV, V and VX) in manual transmission and 2 variants (S and V) in CVT (continuously variable transmission). The upper V trim in CVT comes with first in segment, steering mounted paddle shifters offering 7 virtual manual selection.
In the Philippines, the third-generation Honda Jazz was launched in 2014 and is available in three trim levels; the base, which is the 1.5 E, was available in either 5-speed manual or CVT. The manual variant received a steel wheel rim cover, while the E CVT received a different wheel design; the high-end 1.5 VX and 1.5 VX+ variants received unique designed alloy wheels, a touchscreen panel with the AUX/USB connection, HDMI connectivity, HSA (hill start assist), VSA (vehicle stability assist), a smart key with push start/stop button, automatic climate control, a mirror with side turning lights, and a center console with armrest and ESS (emergency stop signal). The VX+ received side-curtain airbags, and all models receive ECON button, sporty illumination gauge, and four types of modes: Utility, Long, Tall, and Refresh mode.
The third-generation Fit/Jazz received a facelift, which was unveiled in Japan on May 12, 2017 and went on sale on June 29, 2017. It was also revealed in Thailand on May 19, 2017 followed by Malaysia on June 6, 2017 and the Philippines on July 17, 2017. The U.S. model was revealed on June 12, 2017 for the 2018 model year. The facelifted third-generation Jazz RS was also launched in Indonesia on July 26, 2017. The facelift features new bumpers for the 1.3L and 1.5L, LED headlights and daytime running lights incorporated into headlights.
|1.2 L L12B I4 petrol||90 hp (67 kW) at 6,200 rpm||84 lb⋅ft (114 N⋅m) at 4,900 rpm|
|1.3 L L13B l4 petrol||GK3 (FWD)
|98 hp (73 kW) at 6,000 rpm||88 lb⋅ft (119 N⋅m) at 5,000 rpm|
|1.5 L L15B1 I4 petrol||GK5 (FWD)
|130 hp (97 kW) at 6,600 rpm||114 lb⋅ft (155 N⋅m) at 4,600 rpm|
|1.5 L L15Z2 / L15Z5 I4 petrol||GK5 (FWD)||118 hp (88 kW) at 6,600 rpm||107 lb⋅ft (145 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm|
|1.5 L N15 I4 turbo diesel||100 hp (75 kW) at 3,600 rpm||148 lb⋅ft (201 N⋅m) at 1,750 rpm|
|1.5 L LEB-H1 I4 hybrid petrol||GP5 (FWD)
|109 hp (81 kW) at 6,000 rpm (engine)
30 hp (22 kW) at 1,313-2,000 rpm (electric motor)
135 hp (101 kW) (combined)
|99 lb⋅ft (134 N⋅m) at 5,000 rpm (engine)|
118 lb⋅ft (160 N⋅m) at 0-1,313 rpm (electric motor)
125 lb⋅ft (169 N⋅m) (combined)
|Moderate overlap frontal offset||Good|
|Small overlap frontal offset||Acceptable1|
- 1 Vehicle structure rated "Acceptable"
- 2 Strength-to-weight ratio: 6.13
|Side Pole Driver:|
Fourth generation (GR/GS; 2020)
|Fourth generation (GR1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/GS1)|
|Production||February 2020 – present|
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Honda City (GN)|
Honda HR-V/Vezel (RV)
|Electric motor||AC PMSM (e:HEV)|
|Hybrid drivetrain||Sport Hybrid i-MMD (e:HEV)|
|Wheelbase||2,530 mm (99.6 in)|
|Length||3,995–4,110 mm (157.3–161.8 in)|
|Width||1,695–1,725 mm (66.7–67.9 in)|
|Height||1,515–1,565 mm (59.6–61.6 in)|
|Curb weight||1,070–1,280 kg (2,359–2,822 lb)|
This generation has been developed with electrification in mind, which saw the model being marketed as a hybrid-only model in Europe, and the hybrid variant being positioned as a volume maker in Japan. The hybrid powertrain is marketed as the e:HEV which utilizes Honda’s new dual-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system, replacing the previous Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) setup.
The fourth-generation Fit retains its large windshield that offers optimal forward visibility, though a redesigned front pillar with a cross-sectional structure differs from the previous generation. Honda stated it improves the impact absorption into the body in the event of a collision. Combined with the use of a flat dashboard and a visor-less instrument display, provides the driver with a better view of their surroundings. The windscreen wipers have also been hidden below the top of the bonnet line.
The model would not be sold in the North American market due to the declining sales of its predecessor, in favour of the HR-V which saw its production being ramped up to make up for the demise of the Fit. While in Southeast Asia, the Fit/Jazz would be replaced by the new City Hatchback.
The Fit was launched in Japan on 13 February 2020 and went on sale on the following day. Trim levels for the Japanese market Fit are Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar and Luxe.
In Japan, the Fit is offered with both conventional 1.3-litre petrol engine and the 1.5-litre e:HEV system. The take rate of the Fit e:HEV in Japan is targeted to reach 65 percent, up from the previous generation's 40 percent. In reality, the Fit e:HEV accounted for 72 percent of sales as per March 2020.
The Jazz went on sale in Europe in mid-2020 as a hybrid-only model, as Honda is phasing out conventional combustion engine in the region by 2022. The Crosstar model is also offered as a range-topping model. For the market, Honda stated the Jazz is capable of achieving 62.8 mpg‑imp (22.2 km/L; 4.5 L/100 km; 52.3 mpg‑US) on the WLTP combined cycle while emitting 102 g/km of CO2 in its standard form.
The Chinese-market Fit is produced and sold by Guangqi Honda, and launched on 10 June 2020. It is available with two sub-models which are Sport and Crosstar. The Fit Sport featured sportier-looking front and rear bumpers compared to the Japanese or European model. Its twin model for the Chinese market is produced and sold by Dongfeng Honda under the name Honda Life. Both are fitted with a more pronounced rear bumpers compared to the Japanese-produced model, bumping its length to 4,110 mm (161.8 in).
The minor differences between the two are the front bumper designs and rear taillight tint colour (the Life has a clear smoked tint).
The fourth-generation Fit was launched in Singapore in January 2021 and in Hong Kong in March 2021 as the Jazz. It was also introduced in South Africa in June 2021 as the Fit, replacing the previous Jazz nameplate.
The fourth-generation Fit is offered with a new hybrid powertrain option marketed as the e:HEV, the system uses Honda’s dual-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system. The system combines a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine that on its own makes 98 PS (97 hp; 72 kW) from 5,600 to 6,400 rpm and 127 N⋅m (13.0 kg⋅m; 93.7 lb⋅ft) from 4,500 to 5,000 rpm with two electric motors, with one of them acting as a generator to recharge the lithium-ion battery while the other is an electric propulsion motor capable of spinning at 13,300 rpm to handle low-speed acceleration. The engine sends power to the front wheels through a single fixed-gear ratio and a lock-up clutch, which is claimed to provide a smoother transfer of torque during acceleration. The setup is claimed to be more compact and refined compared to a planetary eCVT typically found in other hybrid vehicles. The system is rated at 109 PS (108 hp; 80 kW) and 253 N⋅m (25.8 kg⋅m; 187 lb⋅ft) of torque.
The conventional petrol engine for the Japanese market is 1.3-litre naturally-aspirated i-VTEC four-cylinder, making 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. It is mated to a CVT and a choice of either front or all-wheel drive.
|1.3 L L13B l4 petrol||GR1 (Standard FWD)
GR2 (Standard AWD)
GR5 (Crosstar FWD)
GR7 (Crosstar AWD)
|98 hp (73 kW) at 6,000 rpm||88 lb⋅ft (119 N⋅m) at 5,000 rpm|
|1.5 L L15BU I4 petrol||GR9 (Standard FWD)
GS1 (Crosstar FWD)
|130 hp (97 kW) at 6,600 rpm||114 lb⋅ft (155 N⋅m) at 4,600 rpm|
|1.5 L LEB-H5 I4 hybrid petrol||GR3 (Standard FWD)
GR4 (Standard AWD)
GR6 (Crosstar FWD)
GR8 (Crosstar AWD)
|97 hp (72 kW) at 5,600-6,400 rpm (engine)
107 hp (80 kW) at 3,500-8,000 rpm (electric motor)
|94 lb⋅ft (127 N⋅m) at 4,500-5,000 rpm (engine)|
187 lb⋅ft (254 N⋅m) at 0-3,000 rpm (electric motor)
Japanese sales of the first-generation Fit greatly exceeded the original monthly sales target of 8,000 units on debut. By December 2001, it had outsold the Toyota Corolla, and ranked first in sales for nine out of twelve months in 2002. With a total sales of 250,790 for the year of 2002, it became the best-selling vehicle in Japan, which is a first for a Honda model. By September 2003, a little more than two years after the car was first sold, Fit reached 500,000 sales in Japanese market.
After a minor model change that went on sale on June 11, 2004, Honda announced that, in about 2 weeks' period after its introduction, the company received orders from customers totaled around 13,000 units. By November 2007, in less than 6 months after minor model change, cumulative sales of Fit reached one million units in Japan.
The second generation has been the top selling car in Japan since its official launch in November 2007. By September 2010, cumulative sales in Japan reached 1.5 million units.
|Year||Hatchback||Aria/Grace (sedan)||Ranking in Japan|
By December 2004, cumulative global sales of Fit/Jazz reached 1 million units. On July 17, 2007, Honda announced that as of the end of June more than 2 million Fit/Jazz units had been sold worldwide since its introduction. Japan accounts for the largest percentage of sales, with 962,000 units sold in the home market. Europe is next with 417,000 units. The United States accounts for 77,000 cars since introduction in 2006. Honda expected to sell 33,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the 2007 model year, but exceeded these expectations, and sold 40,000. Honda plans to put 70,000 Fit units on American roads for the 2008 model year.
In the first half of 2008, Honda and other manufacturers were surprised by the rapid shift towards smaller cars in the United States. Sales of the Fit during the first five months of the year jumped 64% compared with that of 2007. Production of 2009 Fit for the U.S. market was to increase from 60,000 to 80,000 cars. Further increase in supply for the U.S. market is limited by Honda's production capacity of 500,000 a year for all markets.
Honda announced that by the end of July 2009, worldwide sales of Fit/Jazz reached 3 million. One year later, global cumulative sales reached 3.5 million units in July 2010.
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Honda may have planned to use the name Fitta, and it was released in Japan under that name in 2001. Because Fitta in Scandinavian languages is slang for vagina, Honda instead used Jazz in most markets and Fit in the Americas.
In April 2006, American Honda launched the Fit with six five-second and two 30-second TV ads, with the slogan 'The Fit Is Go'.
Subsequent ad campaigns included "Mecha-Mosquitoes," (broke 9/21) "Defense Mechanism" (breaks 10/2) and "Bats" (breaks 9/28), produced by Digital Domain. As part of the campaign, the vehicle also appeared in Gossip Girl, 90210, America's Next Top Model, Smallville and Everybody Hates Chris. Print ads "Gas Hogs" and "Cavernous" were featured in popular magazines. A dedicated marketing site was built to communicate top product features through games and interactive experiences. The campaign continued the slogan 'The Fit Is Go'.
Awards and recognition
- Japan Car of the Year for years 2001–02 and 2007–08
- Japan Car of the Year 30th Anniversary Special Award "Best 3rd Decade Car": 1st generation Fit/Jazz
- RJC Car of the Year Award 2002
- Car and Driver's Best Small Car in its 2007–13 10 Best lists.
- Top Gear Survey 2006: Best Small Car
- Top Gear Survey 2006: Second Best of all cars in the survey (After the Honda S2000)
- IGN Best of 2006 Awards: Killer B-segment Award
- Greenercars.org's One of the Greenest Vehicles of 2007 and 2008
- MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards 2007—Best Small Car
- MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards 2007—Best of the Year
- MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards 2009—Best Small Car
- Best Economy Car for 2008, U.S. News & World Report
- Top 10 Urban Vehicles for 2008 - Cars.com
- 2009 Car of the Year Finalist, Motor Trend
- 2010 Best Overall Value by Consumer Reports
- 2010 Best Hatchback for the Money, U.S. News & World Report
- 2011 Best Overall Value by Consumer Reports
- 2012 Best Overall Value by Consumer Reports
- 2012 Best Cars for Families Awards - No. 1 in Affordable Small Cars
Fit engines are also used in another SCCA class, the F1600 Championship Series.
- Honda City - the original 'Tall Boy' Honda Jazz sold in 1980s Europe
- Honda EV Plus
- Honda L-series engine
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