PHOTO CAPTION: Honda Fit chassis also used to new CR-Z hybrid.

Honda Fit Hybrid Coming Fall 2010

Hybrid version to sell for equivalent of US$15,800

Published: 30-Jun-2010

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) plans to roll out a gas-electric hybrid version of its Fit subcompact car in the autumn of 2010, about a year and a half ahead of the original schedule, to tap growing demand for low-emission vehicles, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.

Japan's No.2 automaker, which introduced the Insight hybrid in February, has said it plans to launch three more low-cost gasoline-electric cars by 2012, starting with the CR-Z sports car next year. It has not officially disclosed the timing of the launch of the Fit and Civic hybrids which will follow.

Amid the devastating global slump in demand for cars, fuel-sipping hybrid cars have become a bright spot for the industry with Honda and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) seeing robust demand for their latest models.


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