Honda plans to assemble the hybrid version of its Fit subcompact in Thailand.
This will be the first time the automaker assembles the 1.3-liter car outside Japan. From Thailand, Honda’s key production site in Asia, vehicles will be exported to neighboring countries. The company will launch the car locally as the Jazz Hybrid this summer. Until now, all Fit Hybrids, which sold 86,000 units last year, have been manufactured in Japan. By taking this decision Honda hopes to reduce production costs and satisfy local demand for fuel-efficient cars by offering a competitive price.
Earlier this week Honda launched in Thailand the all-new Civic, which comes with two engine options the 1.8-litre and the 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol mills. Until now Honda has 5 models for the new Civic, and 4 of them are powered by the 1.8-liter mill. The pricing varies from THB 773,000 (Rs 13.4 lakh approx.) to THB 1,124,000 (Rs 19.5 lakh approx). The all-new Civic also has some pretty awesome state-of-the-art features such as in-dash navigation system, telephone connectivity, reversing camera, push-button starter and the Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).