Honda's Jazz Hybrid Set for Paris Debut

2010 Paris Auto Show

  • Honda Jazz Hybrid Picture

    Honda Jazz Hybrid Picture

    Honda's compact Jazz (Fit) gets a hybrid version, to be on display at the Paris auto show in September. | August 25, 2010

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2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The hybrid version gets revised headlamps and a new grille, among other flourishes.
  • Honda expects its fuel and emissions numbers to be comparable to the Insight.
  • The Jazz is known as the Fit in the U.S.; however, Honda has no plans to bring the hybrid here.

PARIS — Honda will roll out its Jazz Hybrid at the 2010 Paris Auto Show next month. The gasoline-electric hybrid uses the same motor, 1.3-liter VTEC engine and control system as the Insight and CR-Z hybrids already on the market, and Honda says its fuel consumption and emissions numbers should be "comparable" to those on the Insight.

Revised headlamps, a new grille, restyled bumpers and chrome "tailgate garnish" are among the features of the hybrid Jazz. The interior has optional leather trim and a blue-lit instrument panel. It's also available in an eye-catching Lime Green metallic paint color.

The Jazz is the twin of the U.S.-market Fit, but the hybrid model is not expected to come here. Europeans can get the Jazz Hybrid in early 2011, with pricing to be announced closer to launch. says: A hybrid in a small package, the popularity of which should depend on how much of a hike there is in the Jazz's price. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent

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