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Honda announced that Japanese market sales of its Fit (Jazz) subcompact have soared past the 1.5 million-unit mark and global sales have drifted above 3.5 million, but buried at the bottom of the company's press release is something we find much more newsworthy. Yeah, the Fit has tallied at least one sale in each of 115 countries, but were any of those units a hybrid? Nope.

On October 8th, Honda will introduce its refreshed Fit in Japan. Okay, not that noteworthy, but that date also happens to mark the launch of the Honda Fit Hybrid. Now we're talking. The Japanese-market Fit Hybrid is rumored to start at ¥1.59 million ($19,156 U.S. at the current exchange rate), which amounts to a $4,700 premium over a gasoline-powered Fit in. Still, it's $3,500 less than the Insight and so the Fit Hybrid will become the cheapest gas-electric vehicle on the roads in Japan. The European introduction of the Fit Hybrid is scheduled for early 2011 and the U.S. debut is, um...never? Follow the jump for more on Honda's rollout plans for the new Fit (Jazz) models.

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[Source: Honda]


Cumulative Sales of Honda Fit Reach 1.5 Million Units in Japan, 3.5 Million Units Worldwide

TOKYO, Japan, October 6, 2010 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that Japanese market cumulative sales of the Honda Fit*1 surpassed the 1.5 million-unit mark at the end of September 2010, since the introduction of the first-generation model in June 2001.

Globally, cumulative sales of the Fit model also surpassed the 3.5 million-unit mark at the end of July 2010.

The Fit is sold to customers in approximately 115 countries*2 and is highly acclaimed for unique features that include a spacious cabin made possible by highly-efficient packaging technologies that leverage Honda's innovative center tank layout, flexible seating configurations and excellent fuel economy. On October 8, 2010, Honda will introduce the refreshed Fit model and the all-new Fit Hybrid in addition to the lineup in Japan.

*1 Also sold as Honda Jazz in some countries
*2 As of July 2010