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Adding a hybrid version of the popular and 10Best-winning Fit seems much like putting a second layer of icing on an already tasty cake.

Honda Motor Co said on Friday it would sell the hybrid version of its popular Fit subcompact for 1.59 million yen ($19,310) in Japan, making it the cheapest gasoline-electric car on the domestic market. The Hybrid Fit will have the distinction of being the first hybrid subcompact car model marketed by Honda.

Reports indicate that Fit will be fitted with Honda’s 1.3 litre/4-cylinder petrol unit to work in tandem with a 9.7kW electric motor and is expected to generate about 97hp.

“We just want many more people to own the Fit by expanding our line-up.” The Fit hybrid gets 30 km per litre (70.6 mpg) under Japanese testing methods.