Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

All-New Honda Fit Shuttle Hybrid Coming to JDM

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle Hybrid

Earlier, we learned about the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid set to go on sale in Japan in about a month. Today we have another new hybrid model making its debut in Japan, this time from Honda. It’s the all-new Honda Jazz Shuttle, which looks about exactly like it sounds.

Basically, this is a large station wagon version of the new Honda Fit, or the Honda Jazz depending on where you live. As with the last generation of the Shuttle, you can see that Honda has essentially just stretched out the rear-and of the Honda Jazz to create a substantially longer rear overhang.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle rear

In fact, the Shuttle is built on the exact same architecture as the new Honda Jazz, and looks to replicate much of the Jazz’s aesthetic too. You can see the same deep body lines running along the sides of the car, and it adopts Honda’s “solid wing face” front grille. The range-topping version of the Jazz Shuttle pictured here showcases the 16-inch alloys, built-in navigation and the leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel that come with the higher-level trims.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle interior

Under the hood, the Honda Jazz Shuttle will be offered with two powertrain options. The first is an AWD hybrid system powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder Atkinson engine with a single electric motor and a dual-clutch transmission. The other option uses the same 1.5L engine but drops the electric motor and AWD for a standard CVT and FWD.

Unfortunately, just like the X-Trail Hybrid, there’s no word that Honda plans to sell a Jazz Shuttle in the US or any other market besides Japan. Our guess would be that they’d launch it in East Asia before the US or UK, but only time will tell.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Honda Airwave

2006 Honda Airwave

Here we have a 2006 Honda Airwave. You can see on the auction sheet below that this airwave is one of the “L” models, which is the more luxurious of the two trimlines, “M” being the other option. As such, this Airwave features a large sunroof, high definition built-in navigation (and this was back in 2006, so that’s actually a big deal), and an exceedingly spacious interior.

2006 Honda Airwave rear

Looking at this auction find, you can see that not that much has changed in the past 10 years. There’s no doubt that this car looks a little bit dated, but it honestly doesn’t look that different in either form or function than the upcoming second-generation Jazz Shuttle.

2006 Honda Airwave interior

Either way, you can get more information via the auction sheet translation below:

2006 Honda Airwave auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered July 2006, L Skyroof model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, original Gathers HDD navigation system, original rear and side cameras, discharge headlights, power steering, power windows, original AWs, sunroof, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, 7-speed paddle shift, keyless entry, spare key, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map, seats stained”

All-New Honda Grace Hybrid Goes on Sale Today in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Monday, December 1st, 2014

Christmas has come early for Honda dealerships in Japan. As of today, the reliable Japanese automaker has launched its brand-new Honda Grace hybrid sedan for the JDM. This new Fit-based hybrid car is designed to offer the maneuverability of a compact with the interior space of a full-size sedan. We’ll talk more about how they did that below; for now, feast your eyes on the 2015 Honda Grace:

all-new 2015 Honda Grace sedan

The Grace will also go on sale in Southeast Asia for the 2015 model year, although it will be called the Honda City in other markets.

Under the hood, you’ll find the Honda Fit’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) system that pairs a 1.5 L Atkinson DOHC i-VTEC engine to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with an integrated electric motor. The whole system is powered by an IPU, or “Intelligent Power Unit”, that uses a high-density lithium-ion battery. The whole system delivers about 138 hp, with 29 hp coming from the electric motor.

Combine that powertrain with a lightweight compact design, and you’ll find the Honda Grace delivers a class-leading 80.9 mpg. Even if you opt for the all-wheel-drive version, you’ll still enjoy a generous 69.1 mpg.

Now, back to Honda’s original goal… How did they create such an expansive interior cabin inside the body of a Fit-based compact sedan?

Honda tells us that the secret behind the cabin is an extra-long wheelbase and moving back the rear seats as far as they can go. This sacrifices trunk space in favor of Accord-level rear-passenger space, but you’ll still get a modest 430 liters of boot space even with those extended rear seats. They also enlarged the rear-passenger doors to make the car easier to enter and exit.

All in all, the Honda Grace looks like an excellent new hybrid offering. It’s stylish and modern design, comfortable interior cabin and class-leading fuel economy make it a deal that we’re sure most Japanese drivers will have a hard time passing up.

If you’d like to read more about the all-new Honda Grace, click here to read the official press release.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Honda Fit Hybrid

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid

Want the fuel economy of the Honda Grace, but the trunk space of the Fit hatchback? Good thing Honda already makes a Honda Fit Hybrid! Since their hatchbacks are such popular Japanese cars, you can find plenty of them up for auction in the Integrity Exports database.

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid rear

This particular model is a 2013 Honda Fit Hybrid L Package, which uses the same 1.5L i-DSD powertrain as the new Grace sedan. You can read more about this find below the auction sheet:

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior condition A, first registered October 2013, DAA emissions code, L Package, FAT, AAC, maker original in-dash navigation system, rear view reversing camera, steering wheel switches, Anshin * pack, smart key, LED lighting, electrical retraction mechanism on mirrors, half-leather seats, original navigation system, original TV, airbags, power steering, power windows, minor scratches on interior trim, marks as per map”

* Anshin means peace of mind in Japanese.

All-New Honda HR-V Prototype Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

2015 Honda HR-V Concept

We’ve heard whispers of a revived Honda HR-V compact crossover for a few months now. Today, Honda confirmed those rumors with an official preview of their new HR-V Prototype. In addition to offering pictures of the new SUV, the preview also tells us exactly when we’ll get the full reveal, as well as when we’ll see the revived HR-V on dealership floors.

2015 Honda HR-V Concept rear

Looking at the pictures, you can probably guess that this crossover will be Honda’s answer to the Nissan Juke’s European dominance. Slotted right below the Honda CR-V, the HR-V will be built on the same platform as the next-generation Honda Jazz, which is itself coming out later this year. That means it’ll also get the same Honda Magic Seats which can be folded forward to become completely flat, greatly amplifying rear boot space.

Speaking of space, Honda tells us that an expansive and high-quality interior will be one of the revived HR-V’s main selling points. The compact crossover will be a full 160mm longer than the Nissan Juke, making it one of the largest and most spacious models in its class. Honda also says that there will be a heavy emphasis on quality materials inside the cabin, but we don’t have any pictures of the HR-V Prototype’s interior to verify that claim against.

Honda hasn’t released any specific details on the new HR-V’s powertrain options, but we suspect that it will borrow heavily from the Civic and Jazz. Some sources suggest that Honda may offer additional, higher-performance engines not found in the Civic/Jazz, but we won’t hold our breath. Either way, our guess is that the base option will be a 1.5L petrol hybrid paired with a dual-clutch transmission. The European model will likely get a diesel version, but again we’ll have to wait until the official reveal to know for sure.

Honda tells us that we can expect to see the Honda HR-V Prototype at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next month and that the car will likely go on sale in the first half of 2015. Also, keep in mind that while they’re technically pitching this current iteration of the HR-V as a prototype, it’s probably quite close to the production model. Take off the fancy rims and black tinted glass and you’ve got yourself a road car.