Honda announced that after 2014, the Honda Fit EV will no longer be manufactured and the Honda Insight will only be available at dealerships through the end of the year.
While we’re sad to hear that the Honda Fit EV and Insight won’t be very available much longer, we’re excited to hear that it’s because Honda is concentrating on other electric and hybrid technologies!
According to this article, “”Our path forward includes a new generation of electromotive technologies, including expanded application of our two-motor hybrid system,” said Sage Marie, American Honda spokesman, regarding the news.
The two-motor hybrid system is in the Honda Accord Plug-in and Honda Accord Hybrid. Based on consumer and critic reviews of these models, we think is very forward-thinking and wise of Honda to concentrate on expanding on this technology. Almost everyone raves about the gas mileage and performance of the Honda Accord Plug-In and Honda Accord Hybrid, so we think with Honda putting most of it’s attention on that will only make it better!
What do you think? Are you excited for Honda to focus on this technology?
In our previous post we mentioned how the Honda Fit is an integral part of the Honda plan to sell 6 million units in just a few years. In essence, the Honda Fit may take over the world with it’s new options (ie the Fit EV)…or at least the Honda Civic (globally; jury is still out on if that would happen in the U.S.).
So here is a great, short article with a brief history of the Honda Fit, including some of the awards it’s won:
- Japan Car of the Year, 2001-2002 and 2007-2008
- RJC Car of the Year Award 2002
- Car and Driver’s Best small Car from 2007-2013
- Top Gear Survey 2006, Best Small Car
- Top Gear Survey 2005, Second Best out of All Cars in Survey
- MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards 2007, Best Small Car
- MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards 2007, Best of the Year
- U.S. News & World Report, Best Economy Car for 2008
- Cars.com, Top 10 Urban Vehicles for 2008
- Consumer Reports, 2010- 2012 Best Overall Value
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda to check out the award-winning Honda Fit!
This coming year will be a big year for Honda. Future years will be big for Honda, too, according to this article from Forbes.
How big? Honda is expecting to sell 6 million vehicles in 2017; it sold 4 million in 2012. While many of us would expect the Honda Accord and other vehicles to be key contributors, Honda is counting on the Fit taking over sales of the Civic worldwide (it is currently the top-selling car in Japan) and the new compact SUV, the Vezel, to make a big splash.
“Americans can’t seem to get enough of the compact SUVs,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington. “And if the CR-V is any indication, Honda certainly knows what people want in their compact SUV and all the previews look fantastic, so I see no reason for the Vezel not to be a big hit. The Fit is one of the most functional and fuel efficient vehicles on the road. Many people come into the dealership thinking they’re going to get an Accord or Civic, but find that they really like the Fit.”
We are really excited about the Honda Fit and Vezel because we think it will meet a lot of people’s needs a wants in a new vehicle: functionality, space, fuel efficiency, world-class technology, and sleek design.
Look for the new Honda Fit and Vezel to arrive at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, and Apple Valley Honda later this year.
Honda announced that it is recalling Honda Fit Hybrids produced July 2013 through February 2014 due to a potential software glitch.
The problem with the software issue could affect “the 7-speed dual clutch transmission or DCT, that could cause a delay in the ability to begin driving or the inability to move.”
Honda is encouraging people to check each DCT gear every day. Anyone with concerns or that has issues should contact their local Honda dealership. Any vehicles requiring a fix will be done so free of charge.
The 2014 Honda Fit EV is an electric vehicle that just about anyone can love. It gets 188 MPGe and can go 82 miles on a full charge; that’s more than enough to get you around town or even a quick jaunt down the highway. That’s a big deal considering the national average is 16 miles per trip.
Sheesh. That will barely get to you Costco and back. But we digress.
According to this press release, “A highlight of the 2014 Honda Fit EV is the short charging time. From the low-charge indicator light point, the Honda Fit EV is capable of charging in three hours or less when using a 240-volt circuit. That’s a full hour faster than Ford’s 2014 Focus Electric using the same voltage. As charging time is typically one of the biggest concerns for consumers looking to buy electric, the Honda Fit EV is likely to come out on top.”
And you don’t need to worry about what happens if you find you need a charge while you’re out and about, there are currently more than 6,100 charging stations around the country.
“Driving an all-electric vehicle is not what it used to be,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager. “If you’ve ever been intrigued by an EV, but not felt entirely comfortable with it, the Honda Fit EV may be the perfect car for you. Honda and the Honda Fit are incredibly reliable, so you can have that same confidence in the EV technology.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda to take the 2014 Honda Fit EV for a test drive!