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Old 15 Jan 2014, 01:52 pm
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Honda Introduces All-New 2015 Fit at North American International Auto
- More powerful, refined and fuel-efficient Fit set to launch this
- All-new U.S. model showcases dynamic styling and upgraded interior
packed with class-leading features and technology
- Earth Dreams™ Technology engine and transmissions deliver heightened
fun-to-drive performance and class-leading fuel efficiency

DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 – Honda unveiled the all-new 2015 Fit at the
North American International Auto Show today. Set to go on sale in the
U.S. this spring, the new Fit is completely redesigned from the ground
up to deliver an unparalleled combination of style, interior space,
fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency plus leading-edge safety
and vehicle connectivity.

"The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations. Faster, more
fuel-efficient and more fun, it's a subcompact with
larger-than-life-capabilities," said John Mendel, executive vice
president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
"It's simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new
benchmark in the small-car category."

Modern Styling with Class-Leading Packaging
The 2015 Fit debuts with a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style. A
more aggressive front fascia showcases a new grille and headlight
design. A strong character line runs along the side of the Fit,
emphasizing the vehicle's aerodynamic profile. Larger 16-inch tires
outfitted with a new 5-spoke wheel design give the Fit a planted and
sporty stance. In the back, rear reflectors and LED taillights run
along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser, all
contributing to the Fit's more substantial and dynamic appearance.

Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, the new
Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer
wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and
maneuverability. Inside, the Fit builds on its already class-leading
interior space, airy cabin and large greenhouse thanks to an all-new
efficient platform that incorporates a unique center-mounted fuel-tank
layout. The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger
volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.) compared to the
previous model. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple
configurable seating positions, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7
cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat.
With an overall height of 60 inches, the Fit allows for easy loading
of items into the rear cargo and ingress/egress for passengers.

Enhanced Interior and Technology Features
The 2015 Fit will deliver above-class interior refinement and features
while offering value at every trim level. All 2015 Fit models will be
equipped with class-leading standard features including Bluetooth®
connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View
Driver's Mirror. For customers looking for premium features in the
subcompact segment, Fit will be available with smart entry with
push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front
seats, Honda's exclusive LaneWatch™ display and a 7-inch Display
Audio1 touchscreen interface with HondaLink™ smartphone connectivity.
Soft touch and premium materials are used throughout and, for the
first time, the Fit will be offered with available leather-trimmed

Improved Performance, Efficiency and Safety The 2015 Fit marks the
U.S. debut of an all-new direct-injected1.5-liter DOHC i- VTEC engine.
Generating 130 horsepower2 at 6500 rpm and 114 lb.-ft. of torque2 at
4600 rpm, engine output is increased by 13 horsepower and 8 lb.-ft.
compared to the outgoing engine, while reducing weight and improving
efficiency. Paired to two new transmissions, a slick-shifting 6-speed
manual or a sporty and fuel-efficient Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters, the Fit powertrain
offers superior acceleration and passing performance and is
anticipated to have class-leading3 EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings
of 33 city/41 highway/36 combined4 (CVT-equipped models).

Complementing the new powertrain is a revised chassis that provides
for improved handling, ride comfort and NVH. A more rigid body, new
rear dampers and revised suspension geometry notably enhance the 2015
Fit's ride quality and fun-todrive handling characteristics.

The 2015 Fit benefits from the most extensive use of ultra-high
strength steel in the model's history, providing increased body
stiffness while reducing platform (underbody and chassis) weight by 57
pounds versus the outgoing model. Equipped with the next generation of
the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure,
the Fit is anticipated to earn top safety scores from NHTSA and IIHS,
including a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK
rating with a GOOD rating in all IIHS test modes, including the
rigorous small overlap barrier test.

North America Production
The 2015 Fit will be manufactured for the first time in North America
at the new Celaya, Mexico plant. With an annual capacity of 200,000
units, the facility will begin mass production of the 2015 Fit next
month, adding production of an all-new small Honda SUV later in the
year. With introduction of the new manufacturing facility in Mexico,
Honda's North American automobile production facilities will have a
total annual capacity of 1.92 million units, and will have the
capability to manufacture vehicles in all product segments, from
subcompacts to light truck models. With the added production,
approximately 98 percent of all Honda-brand vehicles sold in the
United States will be sourced from Honda plants in North America.

About Honda
Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of
more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than
30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which
began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having
produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012
using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14
major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide
range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment
products, engines and transmissions.

1The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and
streaming from some current [Apple/Android]
smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications
or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is
safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature,
and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless
carrier's rate plans apply. Please see your Honda dealer and HondaLink
terms and conditions for details.
2 Preliminary estimate provided by Honda. Final specification is
subject to change.
3 Among subcompact class vehicles equipped with standard engine and
automatic transmission.
4 Preliminary mileage ratings determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage
ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison
purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you
drive and maintain your vehicle
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Old 15 Jan 2014, 01:59 pm
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Wish they'd make paddle shifters an option on all new Accords, the CVT
is a little obtuse when you'd like a downshift now.

Weren't available on my 2013 EXL.

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Old 16 Jan 2014, 09:09 am
Dan Wenz
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Default Re: 2015 Honda Fit

RATS, thanks for nothing :-( Now I might have to decide whether to
update the wife's 2004 Camry, or maybe my 2011 Fit (sigh).
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