We have been reporting in detail about the 2014 Honda Fit aka Jazz. The latest to have emerged about the new Fit is that it has garnered 62000 bookings in one month since it has been on sale in Japan (The car was launched in Japan on Sept 5).
Honda has said that the number of orders it has received for the new Fit is more than four times the monthly sales target they have set for their latest hatchback (Honda has set a sales target of 15000 units for the new Fit in Japan). Thanks to this yawning gap between the sales target and the demand for the new car, the manufacturer could manage to deliver only 19,388 new Fit hatchbacks in one month. However, the great response that the car maker has received for the new Fit has ensured that the new car is the third best selling car in Japan.
The new 2014 Honda Jazz is on sale in Japanese car markets with three engine options, viz.:
- 1.3-litre petrol with CVT gearbox. Max power of 98bhp and peak torque of 120Nm
- 1.5-litre petrol with 6-speed manual
- 1.5-litre hybrid with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Max power of 133bhp and peak torque of 170Nm
Diesel engine details haven’t been announced yet but we expect the car to get the Amaze’s 1.5 litres iDTEC motor when it goes on sale in India.
Talking about the new Fit’s ride and handling, Honda’s Senior Ride and Handling Engineer, Terumasa Kotada has previously said, “In upping our game, we wanted to make a stronger international competitor, so we benchmarked our Fit on the Polo. The moment you get in the Polo, you notice how low you sit in the car. This instills confidence. And then when you drive the Polo, you notice how low its roll center is and its huge stability levels, instilling even more confidence. To get our desired result, I tested the car extensively on the autobahns in Germany.”
Honda Cars India recently confirmed that the new 2014 Honda Jazz India launch would happen in 2014 and going by the great welcome the car has received in Japan, we won’t be too surprised to see the new car giving sleepless nights to MSIL and HMIL in our country.