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Honda Debuts All-New Jazz at 2nd PIMS

Honda Debuts All-New Jazz at 2nd PIMS image

Text: / Photos: | posted September 03, 2008 00:00

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. announced the Philippine premiere of the All-New Honda Jazz at the recently concluded 2nd Philippine International Motor Show at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

Widely acclaimed for its dynamic styling, spacious interiors, versatile utility and remarkable fuel economy, the 2nd generation Honda Jazz introduces more advanced and vibrant features to bring out added fun and excitement to one's driving experience. Living up to its demeanor, the All-New Jazz is aptly named as a Fun Utility Vehicle or simply, an F.U.V.!

The All-New Honda Jazz sports a unique forward-leaning cabin form styling that highlights sharper lines, wider stance and improvement in aerodynamics. Moving the front pillar as far ahead and as slim as possible, the windshield covers a wider expanse for an enhanced and liberating visibility. Fronting the Jazz is a trapezoid bumper grille, harmonized together with the hexagon grille design to give it a sporty, solid stance. To complement its over-all dynamic, sporty appeal, the new Jazz now comes in 16" for its top-of-the-line variant and 15" tire size for its 1.3-liter variant, translating to an inch wider than its predecessor.

Available in 1.5 liter and 1.3 liter variants, the All-New Jazz 5-door hatchback delivers a maximum power output of 120 ps at 6600 rpm and 100 ps at 6000 rpm, respectively, making it the most powerful in its class. The entire 2nd generation Honda Jazz line-up is now equipped with the renowned intelligent VTEC or i-VTEC engine. Featuring more compact and quiet qualities, the i-VTEC engine technology switches the valve timing for maximum efficiency during start-up and acceleration to achieve powerful, torquey performance, then delays intake valve closure timing during cruising and other low-load conditions to reduce pumping losses for improved fuel economy. Power output has been optimized with the i-VTEC engine to realize more lively and nimble driving within the city and a carefree experience on long drives, while maintaining its outstanding fuel economy.

To further enhance fuel efficiency, the Jazz comes with a class-leading 5-speed automatic transmission that makes the engine work less hard. Widening the range of gear ratios reduce engine revolution and stress. Also, a fuel consumption meter is available in the liquid crystal display to delightfully keep track of one's instantaneous and average fuel mileage. With the cutting-edge technology behind the i-VTEC engine coupled with 5-speed automatic transmission, the new Jazz fuses power and fuel economy, bringing spirited and more fun-filled driving to every liter of gasoline.

In bringing sheer driving enjoyment to another level, 1.5 Jazz comes with a race-inspired paddle shifter that is also available in other bigger models like the 2.0 Civic and the Accord. The F1 Racing inspired paddle shift option enables you to manually shift gears without the clutch. Conveniently located just behind the steering spoke, the paddle shift option provides the benefit of driving an automatic with enhanced spirited driving performance of a manual. With the paddle shifter, experiencing ultimate driving pleasure is right at your fingertips.

Step inside the Honda Jazz and experience a carefree interior that is brimming with vitality and ease of operations. Succeeding in achieving a revolutionary small car with its innovative center fuel tank layout, the Honda Jazz carries over the same layout to maintain its maneuverability. Interior cabin space has also been maximized to make it even more spacious. Seating five people, the Jazz still leaves ample room for one's cargo with up to 384 liters capacity size. The Honda Jazz offers so much space in order to live up to one's active lifestyle, thanks to its versatile ULTRA seats that can accommodate almost anything be it long, tall or any utility items. With its innovative seat configuration, the Jazz can surely put up with extra loads of fun.

Beyond packaging and styling, Honda is committed in ensuring safety to every passenger. The new Jazz comes with Dual SRS airbags, G-CON body structure and Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist in any of its variants. Also, its brake system carries 4-wheel disc brakes for increased braking efficiency.

"Since its inception, the Honda Jazz has revolutionized the small car concept and has won the hearts of many customers in over 115 countries around the globe for its astounding fuel economy, styling and spaciousness. With the 2nd generation's refreshing design, the Honda Jazz is set to bring more fun in every drive, especially in the face of spiraling fuel costs." said Mr. Hiroshi Shimizu, President and General Manager of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc.

Three variants of the All-New Jazz are set to conquer the hatchback market with introductory prices starting at: Php707,000 for the 1.3-liter S M/T variant; Php747,000 1.3-liter S A/T variant; and Php797,000 for the 1.5-liter V A/T variant.