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Under pressure from Toyota Yaris, Japan-market Honda Jazz (Fit) to get new nose job

Once Japan’s No.1 selling car, the Honda Jazz (sold as Fit in Japan) is now languishing in Japan’s sales charts. On certain months, it even bumped off the top-5 list, which is now dominated by Toyota. The new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris (not available outside of Australia, Europe, Japan) is now the No.1 selling car in Japan, followed by the Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car for upcoming Perodua D55L), Corolla, and Harrier. In certain months, the even the Toyota Alphard sells more th


Dec 2, 2020

This Honda Fit Crosstar is a taller and chunkier looking Honda Jazz

In Japan, the Honda Jazz is sold as the Honda Fit. With SUVs and their smaller imitators of crossovers becoming a fast growing segment, Honda saw it fit to dress up their Fit with crossover-esque styling, and gave it a fitting name, the Honda Fit Crosstar. To recap, the all-new fourth generation Honda Jazz/Fit has just made its world premiere at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The model will go on sale in February 2020 so details on powertrain and body dimensions are still not available, but we know


Oct 24, 2019

Not just Fit, the 2020 Honda Jazz is now also known as Honda Life

Dongfeng Honda, one of 2 companies that distribute Honda cars in China, brings an old namesake back to “life” – pun intended – 7 years after the name was discontinued. The all-new fourth-generation Honda Fit, or better known as Honda Jazz here, goes on sale in China under Dongfeng Honda as the Honda Life. In case you’re wondering, the Honda Fit went on sale in China with a different grille compared to the Japanese Fit back in August. But the Fit is sold by Guangqi Honda (GAC Honda), another dist


Dec 21, 2020

Minat Honda Jazz 2020 atau Fit? Kini ada nama baru – Honda Life!

Dongfeng Honda, salah satu diantara dua syarikat rasmi yang mengedar kereta Honda telah memperkenalkan semula nama “Life”, 7 tahun selepas ia dihentikan. Honda Fit generasi keempat serba baru, atau lebih dikenali sebagai Honda Jazz disini mula dijual di China di bawah Dongfeng Honda dengan nama Honda Life. Sekiranya anda tertanya-tanya, Honda Fit mula dijual di China dengan gril yang berbeza berbanding dengan Fit untuk pasaran Jepun pada bulan Ogos lalu. Tetapi Fit dijual oleh Guangqi Honda (GAC

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

Dec 22, 2020

2020's top 10 most popular cars in Japan, Toyota Alphard is No.5

The Japanese fancy boxy vehicles, no matter the size. This is shown in everyone's favourite luxury breadvan, the Toyota Alphard which became the fifth best-selling car in Japan in 2020. At least in the non-Kei car category. According to the latest information by the Japan Automobile Dealer Association (JADA), Toyota sold 90,748 units of the Alphard in 2020. This puts it fifth behind the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Raize, the Toyota Corolla, and the Honda Fit. With that, the Alphard is easily the be

CY FoongCY Foong

Jan 11, 2021

Sayonara Honda NSX - Honda discontinues the hybrid supercar in Japan

The Honda NSX is coming to an end, at least in Japan. According to Japanese media, Honda has announced that it is discontinuing sales of the reborn supercar in the Land of the Rising Sun. This doesn’t mean that the second-generation’s time is up. The current NSX is still being produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, USA. The second-gen NSX was launched in 2016 after numerous concepts were shown. Though it is powered by a V6 engine like its legendary predecessor, tha

CY FoongCY Foong

Mar 17, 2021

This is the all-new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris for Japan, to replace Vitz

At the sidelines of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota gave us a sneak peak of its upcoming all-new Toyota Yaris. Curiously, the Yaris was not presented at the motor show’s venue, but at a nearby mall located next to Toyota’s MegaWeb brand experience centre. Like its archrival the Honda Jazz (sold as the Fit in Japan), the all-new Toyota Yaris will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020. As such, details on the vehicle’s specifications are still lacking and the display car was locked with a ‘D


Oct 28, 2019

Honda City & Civic to be discontinued in Japan but not Malaysia, why?

Sad news for potentials sedan buyers in Japan, as Honda will be discontinuing the Civic Sedan and City (sold in Japan as the Grace) in Japan by August. In fact, Honda will also trim its Japanese line-up by axing the Jade – a station wagon based on the ninth-generation Honda Civic. The report from Creative Trend mentioned that sales and production of all three models will cease in August. Honda Civic – Once the de-facto icon of Japan’s automotive industry will be gone The Civic Sedan’s eventual d


May 25, 2020

Honda shifts away from UK plant, to produce more models in Japan

Some iterations of the next-generation Honda Civic could be totally be homegrown models as Honda has decided to transfer some production from the United Kingdom to Japan. The Swindon plant currently produces the Civic hatchback and the Type R - be it for sale within Europe or beyond (the Type Rs we get are made there) among others. The plant is also shutting down in 2021. This decision comes as the UK is set to leave the European Union. As such, the British and Japanese governments are reportedl


Aug 26, 2020

Honda Jazz vs 2021 Honda City Hatchback, which do you prefer?

The first ever 2021 Honda City Hatchback made its global debut in Thailand earlier today. Following the same formula as the Toyota Yaris and Toyota Vios (sold as Yaris Ativ in Thailand), the City Hatchback will have an identical front-end as the City sedan, and will replace the Honda Jazz, which has been sold in this region for three generations. The fourth generation Honda Jazz however, will skip markets in the South East Asian ASEAN trade bloc, and is only limited to Japan, Europe, and China.


Nov 24, 2020

All-new 2021 Subaru Levorg recognised as the best car to come out of Japan this year

The all-new 2021 Subaru Levorg has won the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) 2020-2021. It scored a total of 437 points, comfortably surpassing the runner-up which is the Honda Fit (Honda Jazz) that scored 320 points, and the Toyota Yaris with 300 points. JCOTY praised the Subaru Global Platform that “provides a high level of both maneuverability and comfort”, the newly developed direct injection turbocharged engine with good drivability, the up-to-date interior, and the precise “EyeSight X” ADAS sy


Dec 8, 2020

2021 Honda Odyssey, USA vs Japan - two very different cars, same name

For a select few who dare to be different, the Honda Odyssey is what pops in their mind if someone says '7-seater Japanese MPV'. As we start the new year and look towards welcoming the Odyssey here in Malaysia sometime in 2021, let's take a look at the differences between the Japan- and American-spec Odyssey. Same name, different cars Yes they share the same name, but both cars are actually rather different. You have customer choices to thank for that. The first-generation Odyssey was launched i


Jan 10, 2021

Is there a city car with a better interior than this all-new Honda Jazz?

By now you would’ve seen the all-new Honda Jazz, which made its world premiere yesterday at the opening of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, where the Jazz is sold as the Fit. The fourth generation Honda Jazz will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020 so details like body dimensions and engine specifications are still unclear, but we do know that in Japan (and Europe), the all-new Honda Jazz will be sold exclusively as a hybrid. It will most likely be a 1.5-litre full hybrid but unlike the


Oct 24, 2019

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V

The Toyota Corolla Cross is currently on sale in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The model is expected to be launched in Malaysia very soon, but don’t call it a South East Asia-only model yet. Sources in Japan tell us that the Toyota Corolla Cross will be launched in Japan in the third quarter of 2021, possibly imported from Thailand - still the world's only source of Corolla Cross for now (local assembly in Malaysia to start later). Seeing that hybrid is a must for commercial succ


Mar 11, 2021

Good enough for Japan? Thailand-made Nissan Kicks launched in Japan

The brand-new 2020 Nissan Kicks e-Power will kick off sales in Nissan’s home country of Japan from June 30th onwards. The new compact SUV will be exported to Japan from Thailand. The new Nissan Kicks made its global debut in Thailand just last month. Its arrival in Thailand marked the first time Nissan’s e-Power hybrid electric drive powertrain was sold outside of Japan. This is not the first time that Nissan is importing cars from Thailand to Japan. They have previously imported the Nissan Alme


Jun 25, 2020

All-new 2020 Honda Jazz to launch in China with a different grille

Honda Jazz When the all-new fourth generation 2020 Honda Jazz made its global debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, its lack of grille was a controversial point. In Japan, where the model is sold as the Honda Fit, there are five variants to choose from – Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar, and Luxe. Of the five, only the taller riding crossover-ish Crosstar has a grille. However when the Jazz went on sale in Japan in February, the company also offered a conventional looking grille as an optional accessor


May 5, 2020

2020 Honda City gets Japan tuner RS-R treatment

While we’re eagerly waiting for the all-new 2020 Honda City to arrive in Malaysia, owners of the fifth-generation Honda City in Thailand have been getting creative with it. RS-R is a modification and tuning company based in Japan and has graced the Honda City with some flashy bits. The whole car gets RS-R livery, a front bumper lip, side skirts, and new wheels with sticky rubbers. It is also lowered, which could be achieved through RS-R coilovers. Inside, there’s a pair of Recaro seats replacing


Apr 17, 2020

Honda modifies Step WGN and Odyssey to transport Covid-19 patients in Japan

Honda Motor’s headquarters in Tokyo has announced that it will be stepping in to assist local authorities in Tokyo in transporting mildly ill patients living within Tokyo’s Minato and Shibuya district. Honda will be providing specially modified units of Step WGN and Odyssey minivans for non-emergency medical transport purposes. The vehicles will have a partition installed between the first row seats and the rear, while the climate control has been modified to maintain a constant negative pressur


Apr 15, 2020

In Japan, Toyota Yaris Cross has a 6 months waiting list, more popular than Perodua D55L/Toyota Raize

Within Toyota’s model line-up for Japan, the two B-segment Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car to our upcoming Perodua D55L) sit in a somewhat overlapping position. Both B-segment SUVs are priced quite closed together and are chasing more or less the group of customers, but such is the nature of Japan’s saturated car market. Also, the booming SUV market demands for greater choices. Better to lose sales to your own models than to a competitor’s. The Toyota Yaris


Dec 23, 2020

Japanese buyers holding off purchase of Honda Jazz for all-new 2021 Honda HR-V

The all-new 2021 Honda HR-V, which made its global debut in Japan last month as the Honda Vezel, has been a bit too successful. Prices have yet to be announced as the HR-V (Vezel) will only go on sale in Japan in April 2021. As a result, sales of other similarly priced Honda models took a hit last month, with Honda falling out of the Top-10 most popular models list. Also read: Bigger, bolder all-new 2021 Honda HR-V debuts, coming to Malaysia in 2022? Registration numbers reported by the Japan Au


Mar 8, 2021

Video: All-new Honda Jazz, Cutest City Car Ever?

The all-new fourth-generation Honda Jazz (known as the Fit in Japan), made its global premiere at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) with a fresh exterior design, revamped cabin and a new hybrid powertrain. Visually, the Jazz gets a roundel appearance that draws more parallels to the second-generation Jazz (GE) rather than the sharper third-generation model (GK). The interior has decluttered even further with minimal buttons, LCD instrument cluster, floating centre display and electronic parking br

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Oct 25, 2019

Owner Review: The hybrid system failed so I decided to engine swap my car - My Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS

** This article is published on WapCar Community. Click the link below to enter the community for car enthusiasts in Malaysia https://www.wapcar.my/forum Basic information 2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid (CBU) a.k.a Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS Reason why I bought this car Hybrid Tax Exemption Car selection process I had a budget of: RM100k Models that I have considered include: Toyota Vios, Toyota Prius C, Honda City Reasons why I chose this car: Trim spec offered better than the rest User experience I ha

Owner ReviewOwner Review

Dec 2, 2020

Leaked images of the all-new Honda Jazz have surfaced online

We’ve seen the sneak peek and spyshot of the fourth generation Honda Jazz (also known as Fit in some markets like Japan) and now leaked images have found its way on the web. It appears to be in a Japanese magazine and may not be representative of the specs we will be getting. From the images, it seems that there will be 4 variants available in Japan - Basic, Ness, Luxe and Crosstar. Basic seems to be the “kosong” spec without alloys wheels, Ness appears to be more funky with its bright accent co


Oct 22, 2019

Spyshot: All-new Honda Jazz caught ahead of  Tokyo debut

Photos of what appears to be the all-new Honda Jazz (called the Fit in Japan) have surfaced, ahead of its possible 2019 Tokyo Motor Show debut. According to Creative Trend, several units of the all-new Honda Jazz were seen parked in a row beside the facelifted Honda Freed, which gives us a sneak peek of the new car’s front end. Unlike the current generation Honda Jazz with its sharp front end, the all-new model seen here gets a more rounded front end. The headlights look similar to earlier spysh


Oct 14, 2019

2020 Honda Jazz: More than 31,000 orders received in a month, 3 times more than projected

Honda Motor Co. Ltd has announced that they have received more than 31,000 orders for the all-new Jazz since the model went on sale in February in Japan. The Honda Jazz is sold as the Honda Fit in Japan. Compared to their original projection of 10,000 units a month, Honda has sold 3 times more than anticipated, with the “e:HEV” hybrid being the most popular powertrain option. The variant breakdown are as follows: Basic: 19% Home: 47% Ness: 6% Crosstar: 14% Luxe: 14% To recap, the all-new fourth-


Mar 31, 2020

Here to conquer cityscapes worldwide, this is the all-new Honda Jazz

Going on sale in Japan in February 2020 Only available as two-motor, full hybrid (for Japan) Also comes with a taller riding crossover variant Adds Sensing, Connected services, body stabilizing seats The all-new fourth generation Honda Jazz has made its world premiere at today’s opening of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Sold in Japan as well as the US as the Honda Fit, the all-new Honda Jazz spots a radically different exterior styling. Gone is the sharp creases and angular character lines, replaced


Oct 23, 2019

Too bad we can’t travel to Japan to see this cool Honda Civic exhibit

Though we can now travel across other states (with permission), we still can’t go overseas. This means that Malaysians are really missing out on this wonderful Honda Civic exhibit currently held in the Honda Collection Hall in Tochigi, within the grounds of Honda's Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Also read: Interstate travel allowed in states under RMCO, but only through travel agencies The Honda Civic will be turning 50 in 2022 and though that is a number worth celebrating, Honda Japan has been runnin

CY FoongCY Foong

Mar 12, 2021

Sneak peak of the all-new Honda Jazz

The all-new fourth generation Honda Jazz is set to make its global debut later this month at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Ahead of the unveiling, Honda has released the first official photo of the latest Honda Jazz, which is also known in Japan (and USA) as the Fit. As expected, Honda hasn’t provided any further details for the latest Jazz. For that, you will have to wait until 23-October, when the Tokyo Motor Show opens. Some Japanese press have suggested that the all-new Jazz will also be offere


Oct 16, 2019

Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky launched in Japan, Myvi size and priced below a Honda HR-V

Remember the unnamed Daihatsu compact SUV that we saw at the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well it has now gone on sale in Japan as the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize. The model is produced by Daihatsu at its Shiga plant, which also builds the same car for its parent company Toyota, which will then sell it as the Toyota Raize. For now, the Raize/Rocky is only for Japan but we are pretty certain that the same model will eventually find its way to our region. If it doesn’t appear as here a Perodu


Nov 5, 2019

Honda Jazz Type R is possible, if there are 10,000 orders, at least

Talks of a Honda Jazz Type R surface every now and then and Honda’s stance on the matter have always been the same – that’s it is possible, but there are no immediate plans for it. Recently, the topic surfaced again after AutoCar UK published a quote from the Jazz’s Large Project Leader Takeki Tanaka saying “There are no plans to launch a sporty version of the Jazz.“ He also added, “However, when you consider the customer profile in Asia, they tend to love driving dynamically, so there are alway


Apr 2, 2020