Hybrid Honda Jazz to debut in Paris

A worlds' first in the B-segment market
Aug 25, 2010
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If you think the Honda Jazz can't be more earth-friendly than it already is, think again. Honda will make history in France next month when it unveils a world's first in the B-segment market: the hybrid Jazz.

Honda's newest green car will debut at the Paris Motor Show where it will be displayed along with the 2011 Insight, the CR-Z and other Honda models.

The new hybrid from Honda is equipped with the same engine currently found in the Insight: a 1.3-liter i-VTEC powerplant with a continuous variable tranny and an electric motor.

"The hybrid Jazz--like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models--will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium- and low-speed conditions," Honda said in a statement issued today.

The Japanese carmaker added that the Jazz and the Insight Hybrid have comparable fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions even if the subcompact is taller.

Aside from its hybrid features, the new Jazz also sports a refreshed look with new headlamp and front grille design, restyled bumpers, and chrome taillight garnish, among other exterior and interior changes.

Honda first announced plans to produce a hybrid Jazz in July 2009, the same month when Top Gear Philippines pitted the car against the Toyota Prius and the Ford Focus in the magazine's search for the most fuel-efficient car in the market. Tests showed the gasoline-fed Honda Jazz can consume 1,113.59 liters of fuel assuming the car travels 15,000 kilometers in a year.

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