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Honda begins sales of new Fit Shuttle and Fit Shuttle Hybrid in Japan; same fuel economy as smaller Fit
16 June 2011
|Fit Shuttle Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
Honda’s all-new Fit Shuttle and Fit Shuttle Hybrid are now on sale in Japan. The compact station wagons leverage the advanced packaging technologies that Honda developed for the Fit.
The Fit Shuttle features a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and offers fuel economy of 18.6 km/liter (44 mpg US, 5.4 L/100km) as measured in JC08 mode and 20 km/liter (47 mpg US, 5.0 L/100km) as measured in 10·15 mode—the same as the Fit. The Fit Shuttle Hybrid features Honda’s 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine plus IMA (Integrated Motor Assist), and offers fuel economy of 25.0 km/liter (59 mpg US, 4.0L/100km) as measured in JC08 mode and 30 km/liter (71 mpg US, 3.33 L/100km) as measured in 10·15 mode—the same as the Fit Hybrid.
|Despite the greater weight, the Fit Shuttle Hybrid matches the fuel economy of the Fit. Click to enlarge.|
In both the Fit Shuttle and the Fit Shuttle Hybrid, engine friction, front brake drag and other types of resistance have been minimized, resulting in enhanced fuel economy. When the hybrid models cruise on motor power alone, the fuel pump and ignition system shut down, resulting in reduced energy losses and even more sophisticated hybrid system control.
In the Fit Shuttle models with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a torque converter helps provide strong off-the-line acceleration, and the CVT ratio control has been finely tuned to deliver a refined acceleration feel.
Hybrid models feature Eco Assist (Ecological Drive Assist System), which helps the driver engage in fuel-efficient driving practices; all models feature ECON Mode for additional support of real-world fuel economy.
The Fit Shuttle offers a combined 590 liters of cargo space above and below the floor. The Fit Shuttle Hybrid offers the same cabin space as the Fit Shuttle, as well as cargo capacity of 517 liters. By enhancing the IPU (Intelligent Power Unit) layout in the Fit Shuttle Hybrid, Honda achieved a flat and low cargo area.
|Fit Shuttle Hybrid chassis. Click to enlarge.||Layout of the Fit Shuttle Hybrid components. Click to enlarge.|
All models are certified by Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as complying with the 2005 - 75% emissions standard. The 1.5-liter FWD and hybrid models are certified by Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as complying with the 2010 + 25% fuel economy standard. More than 90% of the entire vehicle is recyclable.
Pricing of the Fit Shuttle starts at ¥1,610,000 (US$19,900), and the Fit Shuttle Hybrid starts at ¥1,810,000 (US$22,400). Honda’s initial sales target is 4,000 units per month.
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