19 May 2012 - Honda Jazz Hybrid was officially launching here in Malaysia on 15 March 2012. The green car was unveiled to the media at a very green location, FRIM in Kepong, minutes ago. Sharing the 1.3L Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) powertrain with the Insight we’re familiar with, the Jazz Hybrid is priced at RM94,800 OTR including insurance. The outlook of the Honda Jazz hybrid differs from the normal petrol version of Jazz. The Jazz Hybrid features a transparent like grille and a more unique design on the rear head lights.
Honda claims the Jazz Hybrid is the first B-segment petrol car fitted with along with and electric motor. The plus point to this is actually, Honda does it without sacrificing the cabin and luggage space. The electronic components are mounted below the boot floor.
The engine used in the Jazz Hybrid is the same engine that can be found in the Honda Insight, which is 1.3-litre engine with IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) technology that produces 102HP with the help of the electric motor. Same as the Insight it is mated with a CVT gearbox to provide better fuel efficiency and smoother drive. 0-100km/h sprint in 12.6 second and a max speed of 177km/h. Fuel economy wise, it is only consuming 4.5 litre of unleaded fuel per 100 km.
Strong market acceptance of Honda hybrids is also being experienced with the new CR-Z. It has received close to 1,000 bookings in the initial four months since it was launched last November. Honda has leading hybrid market share in Malaysia at 55%.
Ueno also expressed his appreciation to the Malaysian government for continuing the full exemption of import and excise duties for hybrid models until December 2013. Enhanced safety features from six airbags and the Hill-Start Assist function add to the great value of the Jazz Hybrid.
The Hill-Start Assist function is a confidence-enhancing feature that helps prevent rolling back when starting from a stop on a hill. To further reflect its advanced and clean design, the Jazz Hybrid comes with a glove box cooler, chrome grille with blue reflector, chrome rear garnish, rear LED lights with blue highlight, 15-inch Alloy Wheels, Multi Information Display (MID) and Charge Assist Indicator.
Honda Malaysia will offer the Jazz Hybrid in five colours: Fresh Lime Metallic, Alabaster Silver, Milano Red, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. Honda Malaysia is hoping to sell 3,000 units of the Jazz Hybrid by the end of this year and will continue to introduce more new hybrid models to excite Malaysians. The target for the total hybrid series is 10,000 units for year 2012.
The All-New Jazz Hybrid comes with a five-year or 140,000km warranty for the IMA battery which is the same with the Insight and CR-Z and is the longest among the industry. Customers can test drive and place their booking for the All-New Jazz Hybrid at any authorised Honda dealers nationwide. Customers can test drive and place their booking for the All-New Jazz Hybrid at any authorised Honda dealers nationwide.