Honda All New Jazz / Fit Hybrid Variant 2011 Picture from: http://www.dieselstation.com/cars/honda-jazz-hybrid-2011-a2832.html
The most obvious difference at a glance is a brand new exteriorcolour -- Brilliant Orange Metallic -- which joins the other choices of Polished Metal Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, and Brilliant White Pearl.
"Honda enthusiasts can expect the new Jazz to deliver even more value with new exciting styling, enhanced safety and practicality; and with all these enhancement and improvement, we are delighted to maintain Jazz price at RM109,800 (on the road with insurance), so as to offer Honda customers the satisfaction of owning a new, value-for-money and yet premium 5-door hatchback Jazz," said Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director & CEO of Honda Malaysia.
Since the Jazz model line was added to the Honda range in 2001, more than 3.7 million units have been sold globally. Its popularity and strong sales in the Asia and Oceania region opened up the 5-door hatchback segment in this regional market, and the Jazz has been recognised as a pioneer and trendsetter in its own category.
The Jazz (which is also known as Fit in some countries) has also won many awards for its practical and smart design. Two generations of the Jazz have won the Car of the Year title in Japan (for 2001/2002 and 2007/2008). More significantly, the Jazz was the first Honda to become the best-selling model in Japan when it outsold the Toyota Corolla in 2002. It was an major achievement because the Corolla has been the best-selling model every year for 33 years.
For the latest version, which is imported from Honda Thailand's factory, a more sporty and bold look comes from new front and rear bumpers as well as a new mesh grille. Additionally, the headlights now have silver and matte coloured highlights and are complemented with a set of all front fog lights and rear combination lights.
The cabin, with one of the best-in-class volumes, is also refreshed to complement the new sporty exterior. There's a new colour scheme (a combination of blue and black coloured materials for the seats and door panels) and amber illumination for the speedometer and audio displays.
The improvements for certain utility features have been based on customers' feedback. These include a revised locking knob for the inner door handle with a new orange coloured highlight, new opening sound indicator to the fuel lid, and an orange marker on the air conditioning control, all of which improves recognition, operability and usability of these features.
Honda Malaysia makes no mention of technical changes under the bonnet and the model continues with the proven 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine which produces 120 ps, the highest output in its class. Though certified to higher Euro-4 exhaust emissions standard, the engine is fully compatible with the Malaysian Euro-2M RON95 petrol. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Jazz drivers will enjoy higher safety levels with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) now fitted to the model. VSA comes into action when the car fails to maintain the chosen line through a corner, preventing it from spinning out of control. While it is not intended to allow a driver to take corners faster than what is safe, VSA can prove to be a valuable safety feature that can reduce accidents.
The Jazz utilizes Honda's G-CON Technology for its body structure which designed to spread out and disperse collision impact so as to limit cabin intrusion and effectively minimise injuries to the driver and passengers. Standard with the Jazz are dual SRS airbags, ABS and new safety features including headrests for all three rear passenger seats. The centre occupant also gets a full 3-point safety belt for better restraint. Honda's designers also think of other road-users and the car's exterior design has certain features to minimize injuries to them in a collision.
Source: Autocar Asean & Motor Trader http://youtu.be/DoX9TfiG1rE