Find out how Japanese car manufacturer Honda have developed the Jazz hatchback.
Known as the Honda Fit in its country of origin, the Honda Jazz Hatchback has been a staple family car in the world market since its initial release in June 2001. First designed by the Honda Motor Company in Japan, the car is one of their Global Small Car Platform models. As with many automobiles, the name has been altered to suit various marketplaces around the globe with consumers in Japan, China and the US calling it the Honda Fit and Europe, Asia, Australian, African and Middle Eastern markets calling it the Honda Jazz.
The five-door hatchback Honda Jazz was primarily assembled in Suzuka in Mie, Japan and has sold as many as 3.5 million units between 2001 and 2010. The UK Honda plant in Swindon assembles many vehicles for British motoring consumers, including the Jazz model. The first generation car was released to high acclaim and soon went on to outshine the popular rival Toyota Corrolla model. It was debuted in Europe at the start of 2002 and has six world-wide models including a 1.4L 2WD version for the UK up to a L15A VTEC 1.5L l4 engine.
Rather unusually, the Jazz has its fuel tank located under the front seats and it features a H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension for more cargo capacity. Interior space is a huge plus point with drivers of the Honda Jazz and it offers a very roomy cabin for a subcompact vehicle.
In Europe, the two available models are the 1.2 i-DSI and a 1.4 version. All come with disc brakes on the front wheels and ABS. It has been highly praised by reviewers as a superbly versatile vehicle, offering everything a motorist could require with a consumer satisfaction survey voting it the second best car on the UK roads.