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Paris Motor Show 2010: Honda Jazz Hybrid

Honda Jazz Hybrid will make its world debut at Paris Motor Show this week, demonstrating the continuous Honda commitment to hybrid technology.

The Japanese manufacturer said that the new Jazz hybrid version will maintain the same proportions and boot capacity of the gasoline variants. The battery pack of the IMA system (Integrated Motor Assist) and the control unit have been placed under the floor, in order to keep the luggage capacity to 300 liters and to allow the Magic Seats system to fold down the seats in the same manner as the non-hybrid versions. Thus, the vehicle load capacity can reach to 831 liters.

The hybrid propulsion system and control unit are the same as in the case of Honda CR-Z version, providing a technology that has proven its benefits in the past 10 years. Honda Jazz Hybrid has the same 1.3-liter, i-VTEC engine as Insight. Despite its size or focus on a higher flexibility, the dioxide carbon emissions are the same: 104g / km, according to the preliminary tests conducted by Honda (not officially approved yet). Therefore, as the Insight and Civic Hybrid, Jazz Hybrid is able to operate just using the electric engine on a short distance and at a reduced speed.

According to Honda’s press release, the new Jazz Hybrid has an average consumption of 4.4 litres/100km (amount not homologated yet).

Visually, Honda Jazz Hybrid distinguishes from the current Jazz range through the improved halogen headlights, clear taillights and restyled bumper and hood. The new hybrid will also be available in the existing range of colors and can be customized using Lime Green Metallic.

The interior is also refreshed with a new look, a single color board, darker, contrasting with the blue light of the quadrants and sound system. The new hybrid is available with leather upholstery, being the first time when leather is used on a Jazz variant in Europe.

However, Honda Jazz Hybrid is already considered a practical and reliable car. It is believed to be the first B- segment car to have hybrid technology in Europe. The Japanese jewel on four wheels is ideal for family and also for holidays to be spent at the seaside or on mountain roads. It will manage to climb slopes, to pass coils and curves, with low gasoline consumption. The Japanese engineers who have designed the new Jazz and have completed the eco-drive technology believe the car will be a success in Europe. Moreover, due to its dimensions, the vehicle will also be an excellent city car.

Prices and equipment levels for the new Honda Jazz Hybrid range will be released after its world debut.

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