In a recent report by Nikkei, Honda Motor Company's Fit (Honda Jazz) ranked first in environmental friendliness among 1.3-liter compact models, according to a survey conducted by The Nikkei Business Daily and the Nikkei Research Institute of Industry and Markets.

Toyota's Vitz was in second place, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s Colt Casual came in third.

Cars were evaluated in the following four categories: energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions as demonstrated by, for example, fuel consumption and volume of coolants used; compliance with gas emission regulations, including those governing nitric oxides; recycling; and reduction of harmful substances.

The top-ranking Fit was first in the category of fuel consumption, with an efficient 24km to a liter of gasoline. It was also the lowest in volume of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, it led the way in reduction of harmful substances, including lead and hexavalent chromium.

Meanwhile, in a test conducted in the Philippines, legendary racecar driver Pocholo Ramirez and Louis Ramirez drove the 1.3-liter Honda Jazz manual transmission on March 31 to April 2 from Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte to Matnog, Sorsogon covering a total of 1,113.9 kilometers in just one full tank of Petron fuel.