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2011 Honda Fit / Jazz Hybrid Overview (Europe Specs)

Video 1 (02m:55s): 2011 Honda Fit / Jazz Hybrid Driving Scenes and Interior
Video 2 (02m:11s): Launch Film for the new 2011 Honda Jazz/Fit Hybrid


Note: The vehicle is known as the Fit in Japan, China, as well as in both North and South America. It is called the Jazz in Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, South East Asia, India and Africa.

2011 Honda Fit Hybrid
2011 Honda Fit Hybrid

The Jazz Hybrid made its world motor show debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, further demon-strating Honda’s continuing commitment to petrol-electric hybrid technology.

The new version will be sold alongside a revised version of the petrol Jazz and marks the first time a parallel hybrid vehicle has been available to B-segment consumers.  Importantly the Jazz Hybrid will not lose any of the practicality of the conventional car, with the compact nature of the Honda IMA system allowing the B-segment car to retain its ultra-flexible “Magic Seats” and 300 liters of boot space.

The IMA battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, retaining the normal boot area and allowing the “Magic Seats” to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions.  This means that the seats still fold entirely flat to provide a surprising (1320 liters measured to the roof) of space or the seat bases can be folded up vertically, so as to accommodate tall items within the car.  New to the petrol-electric and conventionally powered versions of the Jazz is the reclining rear seat, which can now be tilted back, increasing rear passenger flexibility.

The IMA hybrid system is shared with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids, taking advantage of the proven reliability of this important technology. With almost two decades of development and 10 years of sales, the Honda IMA system has proven itself to be a flexible and dependable system, with over half a million vehicles on the road benefiting from its combination of low emissions and fuel economy.

The new model features the same powertrain as in the Insight hybrid, using the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine and electric motor as its dedicated hybrid model sibling.  The system is combined with a CVT gearbox in the Jazz and with emissions of just 104 g/km of CO2 it has the lowest CO2 output of any automatic car in the B-segment. Fuel consumption is just 4.5 l/100km under the combined EU drive cycle.  As a petrol-electric hybrid, the new derivative has ultra-low levels of other exhaust emissions, not just taxable elements.

Visually the Jazz Hybrid is distinguished from the rest of the Jazz range with revised headlights, which have a chrome blue surround, clear rear lights, new chrome blue front grille, restyled bumpers and a chrome tailgate garnish.  The new hybrid will also be available in a range of existing colors plus a bespoke Lime Green metallic.

Inside the cabin is given a fresh look with a darker single colour dashboard, which contrasts strongly with the blue lighting of the dials and centre console.  The new hybrid is also available with leather trim, the first time this has been available on a Jazz model in Europe.

The dashboard integrates a version of the Eco Assist function, which uses the ambient lighting of the speedometer to advise the driver on how their driving style is impacting on their fuel economy.

The Eco Assist function aides drivers in getting the maximum economy from their car in everyday situations and gives users real-time feedback on how their use of the brakes and throttle effects their fuel bills and environmental impact.

While respecting the unique features of the car, a range of Genuine Accessories will accentuate its hybrid character even further.  Decoration items, such as doorstep garnishes, a variety of exterior and interior stickers, B-pillar garnishes and alternative alloy wheels can be fitted according to the driver’s personal taste.  A Solid State Drive navigation, hands-free Bluetooth® and rear entertainment system are set to provide extra technological comfort.  A complete range of Genuine Accessories is available for those customers that want to add in even more functionality and style.


The Jazz Hybrid shares its engine and IMA system with the Insight hybrid, where it has proved itself as a very reliable system.  IMA stands for Integrated Motor Assist, which consists of a low-friction 1.3 litre engine that serves as the primary power source, an ultra thin electric motor, a lightweight and compact battery with a continuously variable transmission.

IMA technology has featured in the year 2000 launched 1st generation Insight, Civic IMA, Civic Hybrid, 2009 Insight and the CR-Z in Europe.  Over the years the system has evolved and become smaller, more lightweight and less expensive to produce.  The latest version of the motor and IPU in the Jazz Hybrid are shared with the Insight and CR-Z models to increase efficiency in production and is 24% more compact than the previous generation system was, ensuring that one of the Jazz’s most famous attributes, practicality, is not diminished.

The engine itself is heavily based on the 1.3-liter from the Civic Hybrid and Insight. This modified i-VTEC unit has been further enhanced with lessons learned from the Jazz launched in 2008 incorporated to improve fuel economy.  The low friction, pattern coated piston design has been combined with an ultra-efficient catalyst to optimise this highly efficient power unit.

During deceleration, when the engine’s cylinders have no load on them, combustion in all four cylinders is stopped and each pot is sealed shut. This virtually eliminates the pumping losses, decreasing resistance to allow the motor/generator to operate more efficiently and increase energy recovery to charge the battery.  The sealing of the cylinders means the air trapped within it can be used like a spring, increasing the efficiency without the necessity to decouple the engine.

The technology used to shut the cylinders, VCM (Variable Cylinder Management), is also used to shut all four cylinders when only little torque is required – during low speed cruising for example.  In this mode the Jazz is powered by the electric motor only, with the pistons running idle, meaning no fuel is used and zero CO2 is produced.  The Jazz Hybrid can stay in this EV mode fractionally longer than the Insight by virtue of its lower weight and shorter cabling route between the battery and motor.  Drivers can see when the car has entered the EV mode through the Multi-Information Display (MID) where a graphic indicates if the car is being powered by the engine, electric motor or the two combined.

In addition, virtually everything possible has been done to the engine to reduce friction, including an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design, plateau honing of the cylinders for a smoother surface and a second low friction piston ring.

On its own, the engine produces 88 PS and 121 Nm of torque, but the key to hybrid systems is the support given by the electric motor that can help boost performance as well as keep emissions and fuel consumption to a minimum.  The motor uses coils with high-density windings and high-performance magnets to produce 14PS and 78 Nm. Like in the Insight and CR-Z, the motor is constructed using flat wire windings, which have an oval cross section.  The use of flat wire reduces the thickness of the winding, without reducing its density and this is what makes the motor compact enough to slot into an existing model like the Jazz.

Eco Assist

A few years ago, while monitoring customer use of the Jazz, the Insight development team found that there were significant differences in the fuel economy achieved from one driver to another.  For example, at an average speed of 30km/h, there were differences of up to 21 per cent in the actual fuel consumption being recorded by different drivers.

With this in mind, the engineers tweaked the car’s management system in an attempt to minimise the effect of varying driving styles on fuel economy.

When the tests were repeated, the least efficient drivers improved their results, and the difference between all the results was reduced to 12 per cent.

Honda has taken these learnings into the development of Insight, CR-Z and Jazz Hybrid models, and the result is the ECON switch. When activated by the driver, this switch tells the car’s management system to adopt specific settings to improve fuel consumption.  It does this without affecting overall safety levels or the general usability of the car.  The ECON mode in the Jazz Hybrid has been improved over that originally found in the Insight..  These enhancements have also recently been applied to the Insight model to improve real world economy*.

When the ECON switch is depressed, the Jazz Hybrid enters a ‘super economy’ mode, resulting in the following:

  • Power output is limited and torque is reduced by 4 per cent (except when the driver presses the pedal to the floor)
  • Smoothes driver accelerator input to optimise throttle position and engine speed.  At any engine speed, there is an optimum throttle angle, which if maintained, results in the best fuel efficiency.  But some drivers apply a more on/off approach to throttle control, often pressing the accelerator down too far.  To counteract this, the system ‘smoothes out’ driver input by maintaining the throttle opening to match the speed and conditions.  The driver can override the system at any time, to perform an emergency manoeuvre, for example
  • Smoother CVT shift pattern
  • Regenerative brake energy is increased
  • Air conditioning operates more frequently in the recirculation mode
  • The fan blower power is reduced more frequently to limit the system’s consumption of energy
  • During Idle Stop mode (the engine turning off when the car is stationary), the air conditioning shuts down
  • Real world economy and emissions should be reduced during ECON mode, but this does not affect the official EU fuel economy or emission figures under official NEDC conditions.

The new dashboard integrates a version of the Eco Assist function, which uses the ambient lighting of the speedometer to advise the driver on how their driving style is impacting on their fuel economy.  The Eco Assist function aides drivers in getting the maximum economy from their car in everyday situations and gives users real-time feedback on how their use of the brakes and throttle affects their fuel bills and environmental impact.  Eco Assist continues one of the key hybrid themes of effective use of energy, by showing drivers how it is possible to minimise fuel use by maintaining momentum and avoiding excessive acceleration or deceleration.

Using the same logic as the Insight model, the Jazz Hybrid has blue speedometer lighting when the car is stationary, turning to green if the car is being driven in an economical fashion.  Between the two is a blue-green lighting when the driver is slightly exceeding the best level of throttle or braking.  Integrated into the lower portion of the dash is a green “ECON” switch, which activates the most economical and lowest emission settings for the car.


Jazz’s Magic Seats retained with hybrid technology
One of the most distinctive elements of the previous and current generations of the Jazz and a key factor in their popularity is the Magic Seats design acclaimed for its flexibility and multiple cargo or passenger configurations.  The Jazz Hybrid not surprisingly retains the arrangement, even with the addition of the fuel saving IMA parallel hybrid technology.

The rear seats of the Jazz fold completely flat, giving a very low boot floor, this is only possible due to the Honda centre tank layout, which is shared with the European Civic.  The bases of the seats drop down into the space normally filled with the fuel tank, which is located under the front seats freeing up usable space in the rear. Even with the front seats in their rearmost position, the 60:40 split rear seats with their retractable headrests can be collapsed in a simple ‘one-motion’ dive-down action by means of a lever located on the outside shoulder of the seat.

In ‘Utility Mode’, Jazz offers a perfectly flat load floor, a maximum 1720 mm in length, sufficient to swallow three 26 inch mountain bikes with front wheels still attached, stood upright.  The actual surface area equates to two large and two extra-large Samsonite suitcases laid flat; similarly, three golf bags can be laid lengthwise.  With the larger rear seat portion alone collapsed, there is sufficient space and length to accommodate a surfboard laid flat; or two 26 inch mountain bikes stood upright.  The available load length is even greater in ‘Long Mode’ where the front passenger seat is slid fully forward and its seatback fully reclined – opening up a 2.4 m long load space.

To return the rear seats to a seating position, you simply lift the assembly back up; the seat bottom remains locked to the seat back and is simply released by pulling up the leg frame and the seat bottom folded down.

This locking seat base action adds further innovation and Jazz’s unique offer, since in ‘Tall Mode’ the seat bases can be left raised into a vertical position and locked against the seat backs.  By fixing the seat bases at 90 degrees to their normal position, the user can create a second load area between front and rear seats.  This floor to roof space is capable of holding a variety of objects up to 1280 mm in height, such as tall plants, two mountain bikes with their front wheels removed, a folded wheelchair, and all manner of other items. And since the rear doors open to 80 degrees, it is easy to make full use of this feature.

New for the latest generation of the Jazz, including the hybrid model is the option to recline the rear seats. This new feature offers the customer an even greater level of flexibility, increasing comfort and complimenting the excellent leg and headroom for rear seat passengers.

Interior Design

One of the biggest changes for the new car is the availability of leather seats as a factory option for the first time.  The change of seat material gives a whole new feeling to the interior of the Jazz, and offers an important enhancement for customers downsizing from a larger premium vehicle.

The dashboard of the car is now in a darker hue, which in the Hybrid contrasts strongly with the blue back lighting of the dials, gauges and displays.  The backlighting colour is unique to the IMA powered version of the car, with the petrol versions using amber lighting, harmonised across all of the dashboard illumination.


The overall design of the Jazz Hybrid is instantly recognisable as a Jazz, but with some small changes to distinguish it from the conventional petrol car, and improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The clear grille of the hybrid version of the car, changes the airflow through the front of the vehicle. In addition, the air intake below the grille has also been reprofiled to maximise aerodynamic efficiency, while maintaining sufficient airflow.  These measures reduce drag in the critical frontal area of the car.  The re-engineered grilles are combined with the restyled front and rear bumpers, these have been designed to reduce drag as the airflow passes over the Jazz’s body and avoid turbulence as it detaches from the rear.

The changes to bodywork have been complimented by a blue tint to the surround of the front lights and clear rear light clusters.  The front grille, headlights and tail lamps are all finished in the same chrome blue finish and mark the car apart from the standard car.  The rear lights have been highlighted with a chrome tailgate garnish, which along with the “Hybrid” logo on the rear, further designate the lowest emission Jazz model.

Lime Green Metallic paint is exclusively available as an option for Jazz Hybrid customers, giving a strong contrast to the clear and chrome trim featured on the new car.


The basic chassis of the Jazz Hybrid is identical to that of the standard Jazz, but the anti-roll bars and damper tuning have been optimised for the 70 kg weight increase over the petrol car.  The result is an improvement in ride comfort over the 2008 Jazz, increasing refinement, particularly over poor road surfaces.  The on-centre feel of the steering has been improved by slightly increasing friction around the straight ahead point.  The tweaks to the Jazz Hybrid’s chassis give it a smoother ride, enhanced handling and greater stability, adding to what already a very competent package.

Comprehensive safety package

The Jazz Hybrid, like all Honda models has been subject to the manufacturer’s rigorous car-to-car crash testing in the R&D centre at Tochigi.  This holistic approach to safety, along with a long-standing commitment to pedestrian safety has led to the awarding of 5-stars to the Jazz model in EuroNCAP testing.

The new Jazz is the latest range to benefit from the highly effective technology which provides a protective cocoon for occupants in a variety of real-world crash conditions.  These may include a frontal collision between vehicles of differing heights, weights and frame construction.

These crash tests which are conducted to enhance real world crash safety are done using a number of different models with different sizes and weights.  By using a range of vehicles, Honda is able to ensure the Jazz is optimised to minimise injuries to occupants of both vehicles in an impact.

A conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame.  The Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure of the Jazz, is composed of highly efficient energy-absorbing polygonal cross-section side frames, a bulkhead (upper frame) which absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved.  This prevents cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways – and away from the passenger compartment.  At the same time, the structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the Jazz and another vehicle’s safety structures.

Impact energy is directed into the immensely strong floor structure formed by the cross members and longitudinal members protecting the central fuel tank on all four sides.  This structure provides exceptional stiffness which also benefits side impact performance to maintain cabin integrity.

Dual front and side airbags are supplemented on all models with standard equipment full length side curtain airbags to protect occupants front and rear.  There are three-point seatbelts in all seating positions, those in the front seats with load limiting pretensioners.  Two ISOFIX fittings in both the left and right rear seats together with tether anchor points in the rear roof ensure correct installation and provide secure child seat mounting points.

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is standard as it is on all grades of Jazz across Europe, providing additional handling security in extreme manoeuvres or in low grip situations.

The Jazz Hybrid is also equipped with front seat active headrests, as found in the Jazz launched in 2008, which reduce the likelihood of neck injury in rear impacts.  As the occupant is pushed against the seat back, a rigid plate in the seat presses a link to the headrest pushing it forward to support the head.

Pedestrian Safety

The Jazz Hybrid also incorporates many of the pedestrian-protection design features already familiar from recent Honda models.  Research shows that features such as these dramatically improve a pedestrian’s chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.  Features include windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact, energy absorbing front wing mounts and bonnet hinges, as well as an unobstructed area beneath the bonnet allowing greater space for deformation.


The Jazz is manufactured alongside other hybrid models at the Suzuka factory in Japan.  This factory is surrounded by over 100,000 Honda-planted trees, which absorb 800 tons of CO2 per year.  The factory roof features an extensive array of electricity generating Honda Soltec solar panels to reduce grid electricity demands and the carbon footprint.

The factory has been designed to put zero waste into landfill sites with maximum use of recycling around the plant.  One of the other key environmental technologies is the co-generation unit which generates both heat for the production facility and electricity.  This ensures maximum efficiency by removing power-line losses, which are experienced in using electricity generated a great distance from the point of use.

Battery Recycling

The Jazz Hybrid’s battery pack is designed to last the life of the vehicle and is covered by a 5-year warranty, along with the rest of the IMA system.  At the end of the vehicle’s life, or in the event of the pack becoming damaged it can be recycled through a Honda dealership.

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2 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke mm 73 x 80
Capacity cc 1339
Compression ratio 10.8
Max. power (Engine) kW/PS 65/88
@ rpm 5800
Max. torque (Engine) Nm 121
@ rpm 4500
Max. Power (Electric Motor) kW/PS 10.3/14
@ rpm 1500
Max. torque (Electric Motor) Nm 78.5
@ rpm 1000
Fuel system Honda PGM-FI Electronic Injection
Fuel rating Unleaded, 95 RON
Battery (Engine)

Battery (IMA)

12V 28Ah Lead Acid

110.8V Ni-MH

Alternator 35A
Front-wheel drive CVT
Clutch Multi-plate wet clutch
Gear ratios 2.526 ~ 0.421
Reverse 4.510 ~ 1.692
Final Drive Ratio 5.274
Front MacPherson struts
Rear Torsion Beam Axle
Type Rack and pinion, electrical power assisted
Turns lock to lock 3.29
At wheel centre 5.11
At Body 5.41
Front Ventilated discs (262mm)
Rear Discs (260mm)
Overall length mm 3900
Overall width mm 1695
Overall height mm 1525
Wheelbase mm 2500
Ground clearance mm 146
Luggage space (Seats Folded) litres 848 (To Window Line)
Luggage space (To Roof) litres 1320 (Excluding Undefloor Area
Luggage space (Seats Up) litres 300
Kerb weight kg 1162
Max. permitted weight kg 1600
Fuel tank capacity litres 40
Urban l/100km 4.6
Extra Urban l/100km 4.4
Combined l/100km 4.5
CO2 emissions g/km 104
Top Speed km/h 177
Acceleration 0-100km/h 12.6
Wheels 16×6
Tyres 15×5 1/2J


While respecting the unique features of the car, a range of Genuine Accessories will accentuate its hybrid character even further.   A complete range of Genuine Accessories is available for those customers that want to add in even more functionality and style.  Most Accessories are applicable on both the petrol and hybrid version.

Exterior decoration
A variety of Alloy Wheel designs – 15″ Starlight and 16″ Propeller – , as well as a City Pack with Front, Rear and Side Body Trims, and Parking Sensors offer stylish protection and comfort for city use. Front Lower Bumper Garnish, Front Upper Grille, Door Mirror Covers, Door Handle Covers, Tailgate Decoration, B-Pillar Decoration – all part of a “Chrome Pack” – come in a shiny chrome finish and complete the stylish body work of your car.

Interior decoration
Illuminated and Non-illuminated Doorstep Garnishes offer stainless steel protection of the door sill.

Technological comfort
Honda Solid State Drive (SSD) Navigation, Hands-free Bluetooth® and Rear Entertainment System are set to provide extra technological comfort and entertainment.

Practicality and flexibility
A perfectly fitted Cargo Mat protects the original trunk carpeting, whereas an Underfloor Tray and Roof Attachments expand the car’s carrying capacity.   A color matching Front Armrest Console offers extra storage as well as comfort.

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