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Thursday, March 15, 2012

CLOSE UP: NEW Honda Jazz Hybrid

I, Jeff Lim visited Honda Showroom today 12pm.  It's all due to the launching of the new much anticipated Honda Jazz Hybrid.  I was a bit disappointed at the asking price of RM94,800, way off the rumored RM85,000.

BUT and a BIG BUT, this Jazz Hybrid is FULLY LOADED with 6 airbags, Autocruise, ULTRA Seat (battery located at spare tyre area to enable this ULTRA Seat. 

 As a result NO SPARE Tyre, only tyre repair kit (like the Honda Stream RSZ), Automatic Climate control air cond, glovebox cooler, power retractable door mirrors, 4 discs brakes with ABS+EBD+BA+VSA (Traction control), Hill start assist, Multi-info display with ECO-Assist scoring function.
In the ICE Department, the Jazz Hybrid came with 6 speakers MP3, WMA, USB and Aux Player with steering wheel Audio control.
Colour choices: 5 colours: Fresh Lime metallic, Alabaster Silver metallic, Milano red, Crystal Black pearl and Taffeta white.  Waiting list 3 months and counting.


This is a Parallel hybrid.  Powered by fuel injected 1339cc iVTEC+IMA it generates 65+10kw (88+14ps) and 121+78Nm combined torque.  Total power and torque: 75kw (102ps) and 199Nm combined torque.  This figures's equivalent to 1600cc (power) and 2000cc (torque) car.  Mated with CVT and Paddle shift.

How the hybrid works:

1) Start/Acceleration: Both motor and engine activated together
2) Low speed cruising: Vehicle cruises on electric motor power alone.  All cylinders stopped.
3) Acceleration: Electric motor assist the engine = powerful acceleration.
4) High speed cruising: Engine run alone, electric motor stopped
5) Braking: Electric motor recharges IMA battery using inertia caused in braking.  All cylinder stop to enlarge the charging efficiency.
6) Standstill: Idling stops automatically to saves fuel and exhaust gas.  Engine does not stop in certain conditions.

Well, there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words, here are the photos:

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this entry.  An original Jeff Lim's production.  If you bought this car, please share where you bought it, recommended sales exec and your buying experience.  

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