Honda Starts Jazz Hybrid Production in Thailand
Honda Automobile Thailand has started production of the Jazz Hybrid subcompact car in Thailand, expanding hybrid output beyond Japan and the United States for the first time.
Honda said it aims to sell 10,000 Jazz hybrids in the Thai domestic market annually and later add exports to Australia and New Zealand. The new Honda Jazz Hybrid (Fit in Japan and the United States) has so far been built exclusively in Japan.
The new Honda Jazz Hybrid went on sale in Thailand starting at 768,000 Baht ($24,200). Two hybrid models are now marketed in Thailand, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Toyota Prius, both priced above 1 million Baht.
The new Honda Jazz Hybrid I is fitted wit a combination of the 1.3 liter I-VTEC engine that generates up to 88 horsepower (at 5,800 rpm, with 121 N-m of torque at 4,500 rpm) and the IMA electric motor that produces 14 horsepower (at 1,500 rpm, with 78 N-m of torque at 1,000 rpm). The engine provides most of the propulsion, with supplementary energy from the electric motor enhancing start-off performance and the demands of acceleration and overtaking. When driving speed is low and steady, the engine stops and the vehicle moves to EV mode, powered solely by the electric motor.
The Honda Jazz Hybrid’s IMA technology delivers fuel consumption of 21.3 kilometers per liter (or 4.7 liter/100 kilometer) and reduces CO2 emissions to 110 grams per kilometer, according to Honda’s internal tests.
The Honda Jazz Hybrid’s key features include a stylish new front grille, innovative blue headlights and tail lamps with chrome accents available only on the hybrid model, 15” Max-alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, an Econ-Meter and instruments that show charging and power enhancement generated by the electric motor. Other key features include audio system controls on the steering wheel, an audio module with USB and AUX connectivity, a storage box beneath the rear seat, a multi-purpose storage area in the middle console, a spacious cargo area and fully adjustable seating. With its G-Con body structure, the new Honda Jazz Hybrid integrates standard safety equipment including Dual SRS front airbags, an anti-braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).
In addition, Honda offers a 5-year warranty with no mileage limit for the fully-integrated IMA Hybrid system, including the electric motor, IPU, hybrid battery and wiring. First-time car buyers who choose a new Honda Jazz Hybrid will also qualify for the Thai government’s first-car tax rebate.
Honda said last week it would also start building the Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia by the end of this year.
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