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Default Subcompact 2008 Honda Fit Proves that Small is the New Big

Quality, function and fun still popular



TORRANCE, Calif. - Aug 31 —

As the newest addition to the Honda lineup, the Fit subcompact five-door hatchback
epitomizes the Honda legacy of quality, innovative packaging and a fun-to-drive
character.


"Small is big," said Dick Colliver, senior vice president of American
Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The Honda Fit has proven that small cars can have
big popularity, a big interior and a big fun factor without the traditional
small car compromises."


The Fit offers 90.1 cubic feet of interior volume with multiple seating and
cargo configurations. The powertrain consists of a 109 horsepower, 1.5-liter,
4-cylinder VTEC™ engine and a 5-speed manual transmission or an available
5-speed automatic transmission. The Fit Sport adds plus-size alloy wheels; a
200-Watt, six-speaker audio system; wheel-mounted paddle shifters (when equipped
with the available automatic transmission) and a full body aero kit complete
with a rear roofline spoiler.


The Fit has earned a top five-star crash safety rating1 for frontal
crash performance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For 2008, the Fit has a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This
system adds to the Fit's slew of standard safety features including dual-stage,
dual-threshold front airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant
Position Detection System (OPDS), side-curtain airbags and an Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). All seating positions
have three-point seat belts, and the front seats have automatic tensioning seat
belts. Two Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) are provided in the
outboard rear seating positions.


Dimensionally compact on the outside, the interior provides a surprisingly
large passenger and cargo space that optimizes comfort and utility. At its functional
foundation is the Fit's Magic Seat®, an innovative 60/40 split rear
seat that allows the seat backs to fold down or the seat bottoms to flip up,
providing five distinct seating and cargo carrying configurations (refresh mode,
tall object mode, long object mode, utility mode and the standard five passenger
mode). With all seats in the upright position, passenger volume measures 90.1
cubic feet with 21.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row (slightly
less than an Element's cargo volume behind the second row). In order to
help maximize Fit's useable interior space, Honda located the fuel tank
in a central location near the middle of the vehicle. The fuel tank location
allows the cargo floor in the rear of Fit to be relatively low, thus increasing
the interior volume.


The 1.5-liter, SOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder VTEC engine generates 109 horsepower
@ 5800 rpm and 105 foot-pounds of torque @ 4800 rpm. The compact and efficient
powerplant features Honda's innovative Variable Valve Timing and Lift
Electronic Control (VTEC™). The VTEC system's ability to provide
highly efficient operation at low engine speeds and increased performance at
high engine speeds benefits fuel economy, power and low emissions. Refinement
is further enhanced with electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control, which provides
quick throttle response, smooth automatic transmission shifts (on automatic
transmission models) and precise fuel delivery to the engine. City/highway EPA
fuel economy ratings2 of 28/34 miles per gallon (manual transmission)
are among the highest ratings in the subcompact 5-door hatchback class. Emissions
levels are rated as LEV-2 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Tier
2, Bin 5 by the federal government (EPA).


The suspension setup is a combination of a front MacPherson struts and a rear
torsion beam with a trailing arm. The compact front and rear suspensions were
both designed to allow for a large passenger cabin with a low floor. The Fit
employs a compact, efficient and highly responsive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
system that also contributes to higher fuel economy since engine power is not
needed to operate a hydraulic system.


Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio
system with four speakers, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, and
14-inch wheels with P175/65R14 tires. The Fit Sport includes steering wheel-mounted
paddle shifter controls (when equipped with the with the available automatic
transmission), an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security
system with keyless remote entry, cruise control and 15-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels with P195/55R15 tires. Inside, the Fit Sport provides a premium 200-watt,
AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, a five-mode
equalizer, and an auxiliary audio jack for input from a portable music player.


Accessory 16-inch wheels with P205/45R16 tires are available as a dealer-installed
option on Fit and Fit Sport. For 2008, two new exterior colors complement the
Fit's palette: Tidewater Blue Metallic and Blackberry Pearl.

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