Honda Jazz Sells Half a Million in Europe

After some seven years of presence and only two versions on the European market, Honda Jazz (a.k.a. Fit) has managed to top the 500,000 units mark. Big or not, this type of achievement in the current economy is good enough of a reason for Honda to celebrate.

The Jazz really changed things in the B-segment when it arrived in 2002. People are still amazed by just how much space there is inside both for passengers and luggage. We are thrilled to sell half a million cars and we are looking forward to continuing this success when we begin production of the Jazz at the Honda UK Manufacturing plant in Septembe," Ken Keir, Honda Motor Europe senior vice president said in a release.

The most recent Jazz on the Old Continent was introduced in 2008. It came with a pack load of Honda innovations, the likes of "Magic seats" and centre fuel tank layout. The manufacturer though takes particular pride in the fact that it managed to sell several units to the same owner over the time.

To "blame" for the success of the Jazz are, of course, the European scrappage schemes. Despite the fact that official figures were not provided, Honda says they are "further raising demand with customers who demand big car practicality and space being seduced by the frugal, low emission Jazz and its 399 liter boot."

Speaking of performances, the Jazz, powered by a 1.5l VTEC petrol engine, develops 117 horsepower and eats up around 8.1l/100 km (27 mpg) in combined cycle. The rather high fuel consumption rate, given its dimensions, is matched by the emission rate, which stands at 193g/km.
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