The company is no longer confident, however, of being able to improve fuel efficiency enough so Fit models with automatic transmissions or some versions of the Civic compact will be able to qualify under current federal criteria, said executive vice-president Jim Miller.
Earlier, Honda had hoped that engineers at the parent company in Japan could make changes to those models so they could also qualify.
Miller said the fuel-efficiency improvements for the Fit did not involve a reduction in weight. He declined to provide any other details.
The Fit originally missed qualifying for the rebate because the car consumes an average of one-tenth of a liter of gasoline per 100 kilometers more than the federal limit of 6.5 liters.
Sales of the Fit in Canada have climbed 67% to 7,303 in the first half of this year. The manual-transmission version is more popular than the model with an automatic transmission.
(A hat-tip to Stephen!)