Honda Jazz/Fit at Paris Motor Show

The all new Honda Jazz, better known as the Fit in America, has been unveiled in Paris, and it's coming with a hybrid version as well.

With a 1.3-liter gasoline engine, combined with an electric motor, the Honda Jazz Hybrid is powered by the same IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system as Honda's Insight, and becomes by far the most efficient model Honda sells. In fact, it's being promoted as they "first hybrid supermini."

C02 emissions are average for a car of this class, but the miles per gallon are really where it's at. Jazz / Fit have a combined 64 MPH rating, according to Honda that is.

We'll have to wait and see what the EPA says about that, once Fit Hybrid comes to the US later this year. We predict it will be more around the Insight's 43 MPG rating.

That's impressive for a gas/electric hybrid engine, certainly, and even better than the previous 1.2 liter Fit. In fact, fuel economy is 23% better than the best-selling 1.4 liter gas powered variant.

According to Honda, this is good for 98 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque, which isn't a huge departure from the 117 ponies and 106 pound-feet delivered by the Fit's standard 1.5-liter I-4.

Honda's Jazz Hybrid is undoubtedly very practical for its compact size. The Jazz Hybrid prices are yet to be announced, but expect it to start under $18,000.

Schedule a test drive of the all new Honda Fit and Fit Hybrid today at Barber Honda - 4500 Wible Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93313.
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