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AutomobileJapanSeptember 12 , 2002
Honda Adds a 1.5L Model to the Popular "Fit" Small Car Line-up

Tokyo, September 12, 2002 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the introduction of a new model Fit, the small car widely lauded for its innovative, original styling, excellent fuel economy, and spacious interior. The new 1.5L Fit, named the Fit 1.5T, will be available starting September 13th at Honda automobile dealers throughout Japan. Honda will release the new Fit 1.5T ALMAS, which features a front-passenger swivel seat, on October 15th, also at Honda automobile dealers throughout Japan.

The new Fit 1.5T is equipped with Honda's newly developed 1.5L VTEC engine, which delivers high power output and superb fuel efficiency of 20 km/L*. It also features the new Honda Multimatic S with 7-speed mode, which lets the driver shift among seven speed ranges using steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The vehicle's suspension settings have also been optimized to provide a truly comfortable ride. Along with two special body colors for the Fit 1.5T, the new 1.5L model comes with a black-based interior and 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels, for a luxurious, enjoyable driving experience.


*   FWD equipped with automatic, continuously variable transmission, driven in 10-15 mode (excludes models equipped with 15-inch aluminum wheels and models with a sunroof). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport test figure.


Fit 1.5T Fit 1.5T
Fit 1.5T



Main features of the Fit 1.5T

Newly developed 1.5L VTEC engine delivering both superb power and fuel economy

Honda has developed a light, compact engine equipped with a roller coaxial VTEC mechanism and aluminum rocker arms, that also utilizes engine technology inherited from the Insight and fuel economy technology from the i-DSI engine used in the Fit and Mobilio. With this new 1.5L VTEC engine Honda has achieved a superb balance of high power output, high fuel efficiency, and ultra-low emissions.

  Max. output (kW[PS]/rpm): 81[110]*/5,800  
  Max. torque (N-m[kg-m]/rpm): 143[14.6]*/4,800  * Net value


Newly developed Honda Multimatic S with 7-speed mode

Equipped with the Honda Multimatic S automatic continuously-variable transmission with 7-speed mode, which allows the driver to shift among seven speed ranges using steering wheel-mounted shift controls The driver can shift manually without removing his/her hands from the steering wheel making it possible to enjoy 3 different driving modes.

  In standard operation, a smooth ride is maintained in the automatic continuously-variable transmission mode.
  The driver can use the 7-speed mode main switch to change from automatic continuously-variable transmission mode to 7-speed automatic shift mode.
  The driver can enjoy shifting among seven speed ranges using steering wheel-mounted shift controls - 7-speed manual shift mode.

By pressing the 7-speed mode main switch when in 7-speed automatic shift mode or 7-speed manual shift mode, the system returns to the automatic continuously variable transmission mode.


Exterior and interior

Smoked, plated headlight garnish and 14-inch aluminum wheels impart a more robust exterior look to the new Fit model, while the special black-based Fit seats accented by satin-finish, plated controls imbue the interior with a feeling of quality and sophistication.

  Smoked, plated headlight garnish; red/clear rear combination lamps; custom 14-inch aluminum wheels, 15-inch aluminum wheels (manufacturer's option), large tailgate spoiler (manufacturer's option), satin-finish, plated Fit emblem
  Satin-finish, plated shift panel; satin-finish, plated inner door handles, 3 independent silver instrument meters


Body colors

Available in 12 colors, including two special colors.

  Special colors for the Fit 1.5T: Storm Silver Metallic; Vivid Blue Purple
  Standard: Brilliant White Pearl; Taffeta White; Satin Silver Metallic; Nighthawk Black Pearl; Ice Blue Metallic; Milan Red; Mint Opal Metallic; Iris Red Pearl; Orchid Yellow; Eternal Blue Pearl
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