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The long-standing leader in the sub-compact segment, the Honda Fit now has a lot more competition than in the past.
With the launch of cars like the Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta, Honda has decided to pack more value into the Fit. For 2011 all Fit models now include USB, cruise control, remote entry and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard equipment.
Both the Fit Sport and Fit Sport with Navigation get (wait for it…) standard floor mats, while Honda will also offer the Fit in four new colors: Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Celestial Blue Metallic and Vortex Blue Pearl.
Official release after the jump:
We may not be seeing Honda’s 2011 Honda Jazz/Fit hybrid over here in North American any time soon, but it doesn’t mean we won’t uncross our fingers. And now we’re even more excited – that’s because it has launched in Japan for 1.59 million yen ($19,310 U.S.), making it the cheapest gas-electric car available in Japan.
Reports from Honda say that pre-orders in Japan for the Fit have reached nearly 10,000 units. This tops Japan’s current best seller, the Toyota Prius. Under Japanese testing methods, the Fit achieves a 70.6 mile-per-gallon fuel economy rating, equal to that of the Honda Insight. (In North America, the Insight is rated at 40/43-mpg, city/hwy).
Honda has plans to launch the car in Europe next year and is also considering selling the Fit hybrid in the United States.