Honda makes the most of advanced technologies to develop automobiles that balance driving fun with environmental performance.
Since its launch in 2001, the Fit has sold an impressive 4.87 million units in 123 countries worldwide.1 We released a completely redesigned model—the first in seven years—in Japan in September 2013. To make this third-generation compact model more convenient, userfriendly, and appealing to customers worldwide, we loaded it with advanced technologies, including an Earth Dreams Technology2 powertrain and new platform.
The Fit Hybrid features Sport Hybrid i-DCD,3 a newly developed lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system. Paired with a newly developed 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, these systems automatically select the most efficient of three driving modes depending on operating conditions, thereby achieving an exceptional fuel efficiency of 36.4 km/liter4(JC08 test cycle).
1.3-liter Atkinson Cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine
The 1.3-liter gasoline engine Fit employs a newly developed Atkinson cycle engine and an optional continuously variable transmission for dramatically enhanced transmission efficiency. These result in a fuel economy of 26.0 km/liter6 (JC08 test mode), which rivals that of early hybrid models.
Around 23% of the Fit's body is made of ultra-high-tensile steel, steel that is stronger and lighter than high-tensile steel, defined as having a tensile strength7 of 780 MPa or more. This trimmed approximately 9 kg of weight and provided an additional boost to fuel efficiency, while also enhancing collision safety.
Vezel SUV in the GlobalCompact Series
The powertrain series that premiered in the new Fit will be gradually expanded to upcoming models in Honda's Global Compact Series, which includes the Vezel SUV released in Japan in December 2013, the City sedan released in India, and the North American version of the Fit produced at our new automobile plant in Mexico.
New City Sedan (India) in the Global Compact Series
Fit for North America, produced at a new automobile plant in Mexico
1. As of March 31, 2013
2. A next-generation powertrain series that greatly enhances both driving performance and fuel economy, building on advancements in environmental performance for internal combustion engines, transmission efficiency, and electromotive technologies to pursue the joy of driving unique to Honda.
3. i-DCD: Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive
4. Testing of the Fit Hybrid (FWD) by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
5. Intelligent power unit
6. Testing of the Fit 13G (FWD/CVT) by the Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
7. Tensile strength: The strength of a material to resist being stretched or pulled apart.