Maritz Research study finds 42% say fuel economy is extremely important in new vehicle purchase

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More than 40% of consumers view fuel economy as “extremely important” when considering a new vehicle purchase today, up 13.5% Thirty-seven percent of consumers say fuel economy will have the “greatest impact” on their next vehicle purchase. Forty-six percent of younger buyers (Millenials) say fuel economy is “extremely important” in the new vehicle purchase decision—the greatest percentage among all age groups.

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ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions.

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Oak Ridge-GM prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil delivers 2% fuel economy improvement over 5W-30

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Prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil demonstrated a 2% improved fuel economy compared to Mobil 1 5W-30 engine oil (3.93% over the 20W-30 baseline oil) in standard fuel efficiency engine dynamometer tests. Accordingly, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office, which sponsored this research, has set a goal of 2% fuel economy improvement via lubricant advances by 2015.

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ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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The gap between official and real-world fuel-economy figures in Europe has risen to about 38%, according to a new report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The data show that for private cars, the difference between on-road and official CO 2 values rose from around 8% in 2001 to 31% in 2013.

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NSB report finds US lead in science and technology shrinking; emerging economies shifting global S&T landscape

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According to a new report released by the National Science Board (NSB), the policy making body of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an advisor to the President and Congress, the major Asian economies, taken together, now perform a larger share of global R&D than the US, and China performs nearly as much of the world''s high-tech manufacturing as the US. In addition, emerging economies now invest more in clean energy than advanced economies.

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EPA annual report on CO2, fuel economy and technology trends finds 2012 heading for all-time best; rapid adoption of new technologies

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Adjusted CO 2 emissions and adjusted fuel economy, MY 1975-2011. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report summarizing key trends in carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy, and CO 2 - and fuel economy-related technology for gasoline- and diesel-fueled personal vehicles sold in the United States, from model years (MY) 1975 through 2012. Consumers have an increasing number of high fuel economy/low CO 2 vehicle choices.

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Transport minister launches new fuel economy label for used cars

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A colour-coded car fuel economy label as used for new cars has been adapted for the sale of used cars, making it easier for consumers to access fuel efficiency data of potential purchases. The initiative builds on the success of the new car fuel economy label, which is now widely recognised by consumers. Dealers can choose only to label cars up to two years old, or to label older cars manufactured as far back as 1st March 2001.

UNEP, IEA, ITF and FIA Foundation to Launch Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)

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A partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and FIA Foundation is launching the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) at the upcoming Geneva motor show. Working with stakeholders including automakers to better understand the potential for fuel economy improvement and solicit their input and support in working toward improved fuel economy.

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Gallup Poll Finds 51% of Americans Now Put Economy Over Environment; Energy Development and Environment Almost Equal

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Environment vs. Economy. The percentage of Americans choosing the environment slipped below 50% in 2003 and 2004, but was still higher than the percentage choosing the economy. Sentiments have moved up and down over the last several years, but this year, the percentage of Americans choosing the environment fell all the way to 42%, while the percentage choosing the economy jumped to 51%. Environment vs. Economy, by party ID.

Latest GHG Inventory shows California remains below 2020 emissions target; much steeper rate of GHG reductions required

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The California Air Resources Board released GHG emissions data for 2018 showing that emissions remain below 1990 levels but are effectively flat compared to 2017, while the economy grew by 4.3%. Per capita GHG emissions in California have dropped from a 2001 peak of 14.0

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Pertamina and Eni to collaborate on low-carbon products and renewable energies; Indonesian bio-refinery

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Pertamina and Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding to investigates synergies of their respective technologies, expertises and know-how, for jointly evaluating new collaboration opportunities in the areas of circular economy, driver for strategic development for Eni and its subsidiaries Syndial (Environment) and Versalis (Chemicals). Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development.

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ZF to launch dual pinion steering systems in China; Electric Power Steering for enhanced safety and automated driving

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ZF’s pinion drive electric steering system delivers enhanced fuel economy, advanced functions and will be a key contributor to automated driving. ZF first started production of its EPS technology in 2001 and has since produced more than 35 million units for customers worldwide. ZF has secured contracts for its dual pinion steering systems with three domestic Chinese manufacturers.

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E15 now available in North Dakota

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The fuel is approved by the EPA for all cars and light-duty vehicles with a model year of 2001 or newer, as well as flex-fuel vehicles. The ethanol industry contributes more than $640 million annually to the state’s economy and supports more than 10,000 jobs, the governor’s office noted. E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline.

California greenhouse gas inventory shows state is tracking to achieve 2020 AB 32 target

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million metric tons in 2013 compared with the previous year even while the economy grew at 2.0%, a rate greater than the national average. Overall trends in the inventory also demonstrate that the carbon intensity of California’s economy, the amount of carbon pollution per million dollars of GDP, is declining. Carbon intensity has dropped 23% from the peak in 2001, and declined an average of 1.9% tons per person in 2001 to 12.0

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California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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Highlights from the newly published inventory include: Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% statewide since a 2004 peak while the economy grew 26%. They fell 23% from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 The carbon intensity of California’s economy has dropped 38% since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average.

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2014 Chevy Malibu using Johnson Controls AGM battery in Start Stop system

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The technology will increase the 2014 Malibu’s fuel economy by an estimated 5%. AGM batteries are a common energy storage solution for Start Stop vehicles in Europe, where Johnson Controls has sold more than 21 million AGM batteries since 2001 and now produces more than 4.5 Johnson Controls is providing its advanced Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery technology to power Chevrolet’s 2014 Malibu featuring Start Stop technology. Earlier post.)

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Johnson Controls has sold more than 18 million AGM batteries; strength in stop-start market

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has sold more than 18 million Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries since the technology launched in 2001, topping 4.5 AGM is an advanced lead-acid battery and is suited for Start-Stop systems, which help improve fuel economy in vehicles by 5 to 10%. Johnson Controls, Inc., million annually in Europe.

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Motiv Power Systems delivering 7 electric walk-in vans to USPS as part of CARB program; deployment in Central Valley

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Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island. Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), a leading provider of all-electric medium-duty fleet chassis, has begun deliveries of Ford E-450-based all-electric walk-in vans to the United States Postal Service (USPS). The pilot program of seven Motiv-powered vans is slated for deployment in California’s Central Valley.

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Honda launching new Fit and Fit Hybrid in Japan

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By switching automatically among EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive based on driving conditions, this system delivers fuel economy of 36.4 These and other advanced technologies help the new hybrid system offer more than 35% higher fuel economy than Honda’s previous IMA hybrid system. Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC gasoline-engine Fit features a newly designed engine that achieves fuel economy of 26.0 Honda Motor Co.,

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Cumulative worldwide sales of Honda hybrids passes 1 million units

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This milestone was reached 12 years and 11 months after the start of sales of the first generation Insight in Japan November 1999, which realized fuel economy of 35 km/liter (82.3 15 mode with a 5-speed MT vehicle—at the time the world’s highest fuel economy among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles. Honda Motor Co., announced that its cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units as of the end of September 2012.

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Delphi fuel pumps compatible with new E15 measure from EPA

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This includes approximately 166 SKUs covering 32 million vehicles from 2001 to current model year. Key drivers in developing these technologies are increased vehicle performance, better fuel economy and maintaining emissions regulations for all fuel types.

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Bob Lutz Joins Transonic Combustions Board of Directors

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Transonic’s TSCi fuel injection system has demonstrated significant gains in fuel economy and lower emissions while running gasoline effectively within modern diesel architecture engines, with the long-term promise of running zero-net bio renewable fuels. Customers and manufacturers want better fuel economy, lower emissions and a great vehicle experience all at an attractive price. from 1998 to 2001.

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Toyota introduces new 2020 Highlander and hybrid at New York International Auto Show; TNGA-K platform

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Just as the first RAV4 launched the compact crossover SUV segment 22 years ago, the original Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV when it arrived in 2001. The fourth-generation Highlander offers the choice between a powerful V6 or new-generation hybrid powertrain, with the gas version offering a manufacturer-estimated 22 MPG combined fuel economy and the Hybrid offering an manufacturer-estimated 34 MPG combined fuel economy.

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13 environmental groups urge USPS to select plug-ins for next-generation delivery vehicles

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The USPS operates a fleet of more than 200,000 vehicles in all areas of the United States and its territories; approximately 163,000 of these are right-hand drive, light-duty carrier route vehicles (CRVs) purchased between 1987 and 2001. Additionally, testing of the vehicles’ durability, components and fuel economy will be conducted by engineers at third-party laboratories.

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IHS Markit: global revenue for automotive magnetic sensor market to more than double to $2.3B in 2030 from $1.1B in 2017

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In a 2001 paper, C.P.O With the electronics architectural landscape for vehicles changing dramatically in the next 15 years, automotive sensors are also undergoing their own evolution in response to new requirements on performance, safety, Big Data analysis, robustness, security, and economy. Treutler (2001) “Magnetic sensors for automotive applications,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical Volume 91, Issues 1–2, Pages 2-6 doi: 10.1016/S0924-4247(01)00621-5.

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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model in 2001 by the DOEs Argonne National Lab estimates hybrids reduce greenhouse gases by 22%, and plug-in hybrids by 36% (see table 2). If we optimistically assume the average US fuel economy is 25 miles per gallon, at $3.00 About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

New lightweight metals institute will be headquartered in Detroit

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The last tenant of the 107,000-square-foot property was Mexican Industries, which made plastic moldings for the auto industry until filing for bankruptcy in 2001. The New Economy Initiative, a Detroit-based nonprofit, has committed $1 million over two years for capital expenses at the headquarters.

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GM: Let's Hash Out Open Plug-In Car Standards

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As we’ve noted before , a lower-power version of it was published back in 2001, specifying charging hardware interface and coupler system.

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UMTRI study concludes number of LDVs in the US likely has not yet peaked

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This is the expected pattern, with the changes in the number of vehicles lagging the changes in the general economy. This rate increased to a maximum of 1.16, which was reached in 2001, 2005, and 2006. This rate increased to a maximum of 2.05, which was reached in 2001, 2005, and 2006.

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Study finds rates of LDV fuel consumption in US peaked in 2004; indications of peak motorization

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2001 to 2006. -5%. The factor that supports a temporary peak only is the expected future increase in the total distance driven (due to the increasing population and the improving economy).

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Riversimple introduces Rasa prototype two-seater fuel cell vehicle; 300 miles on 1.5kg H2; production version in 2018

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Riversimple will adopt an open-source approach to its technology and componentry to encourage the proliferation of its technology and economies of scale within the sector. Headquartered in Wales, Riversimple was founded in 2001 (under the previous name of OScar Automotive) by the Oxford and Cranfield University graduate, and automotive engineer, Hugo Spowers, with the primary purpose of “pursuing, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport.”.

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ICCT study finds that transitioning to low-GWP MAC refrigerants in China could avoid up to US$150B in costs

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Costs per gram per kilometer of CO 2 e reduced are attractive for all three alternatives relative to the cost of the engine technology package expected to be employed for fuel economy compliance in China. The United States allows vehicle manufacturers to obtain equivalent fuel economy (and GHG) credits with alternative refrigerants, which China could also adopt to facilitate transition, the ICCT authors noted.

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EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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billion gallons in 2001 to 1.4 MMT CO 2 ) from 1990 due, in large part, to increased demand for travel as fleet-wide light-duty vehicle fuel economy was relatively stable (average new vehicle fuel economy declined slowly from 1990 through 2004 and then increased more rapidly from 2005 through 2013). Starting in 2005, the rate of VMT growth slowed considerably (and declined rapidly in 2008) while average new vehicle fuel economy began to increase.

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Worldwatch Institute report finds global energy intensity increased in 2010 for second year in a row

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Particularly during the surge of what was called the “knowledge-based economy” from 1991 to 2000, global economic productivity increased without parallel increases in energy use. With both population and consumption growing worldwide, the capacity of the world’s economy to require less energy for each unit of output has been a rare positive trend for the environment. Energy intensity is declining in many advanced economies, including the United States, Germany, and Japan.

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U-M study finds current CAFE standards create profit incentive for larger vehicles

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The current vehicle footprint-based Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards create a financial incentive for automakers to increase vehicle size, except under certain limited conditions of consumer preference for vehicle size, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers Kate Whitefoot and Steven Skerlos. The specific annual standards depend on the sizes of vehicles automakers produce, and are intended to boost average fuel economy to 35.5

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U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund 6 energy and biomedical projects; batteries, policy and fuels

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The energy projects chosen seek to improve electric vehicle batteries, to model the impact of renewable energy policy on the economy and the environment, and to better understand the combustion biodiesel fuels. Integrated energy-economy-environment (3E) modeling for clean vehicle development in China. In 2001, U-M became the first non-Chinese academic institution approved to offer graduate engineering degrees in China, at SJTU.

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Plug In America - Links and Resources

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Westbrook, 2001 "Gasoline to Electric Conversion Manual: A Workshop Guide for High Schools", published by the Electric Vehicle Society of Canada, July 2005 "History of the Electric Automobile: Hybrid electric vehicles", by Ernest H. Learn About Plug-ins What Are Plug-ins? Where Can I Buy One? Real Life EV Stories A Case for Electricity Plug In America Positions Energy Policy Frequently Asked Questions About Plug-in Buses Who Killed the Electric Car?

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China Industry Body Questions Shells Coal to Liquids Technology

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Chinese firms have acquired 19 technology licenses from Shell since 2001 in their bid for a share of the growing market for the clean utilization of coal, which powers around three quarters of the world’s third-largest economy. Shanghai Daily. The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (CPCIA) is proposing limiting any further purchases of Shell’s coal gasification technology following problems at half of the plants using the technology.

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Singapore introducing stiff new feebate scheme for low carbon cars

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To help car buyers make informed decisions, the CO2/km performance data for each car model is available on mandatory Fuel Economy Label (FEL) information labels affixed on cars that are on sale in showrooms. The outgoing Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR) scheme was introduced in 2001 to encourage the take up of green vehicles.

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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The low annual rate of global reduction of carbon emissions per unit of GDP needed to limit global warming to 2 °C—based on the probability assessments of the UN IPCC—is insufficient to achieve that goal, according to the latest Low Carbon Economy Index published by business consultancy PwC. The analysis in the PwC Low Carbon Economy Index measures the progress of developed and emerging economies towards reducing emissions linked to economic output.

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Odyne Systems introduces new plug-in hybrid system for medium- and heavy-duty work trucks

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Odyne was formed in 2001 for the sole purpose of developing and producing electric and hybrid electric propulsion systems for Class 5, 6, 7 and 8 vehicles. Odyne’s unique system helps reduce operating costs through higher efficiency, and depending on duty cycle, enables large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50%, compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines. Odyne’s plug-in hybrid system. Click to enlarge.

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Honda Begins Sales of All-New Fit and Fit Hybrid in Japan

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Under Japan’s 10-15 cycle, the Fit Hybrid has fuel economy of 30 km/liter (70.6 Since the introduction of Fit in June 2001, cumulative sales in Japan reached the 1.5 Layout of the system components in the Fit Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., has begun sales in Japan of a newly refreshed Fit (Jazz in other markets) model together with the all-new Fit Hybrid, a new addition to the Fit lineup. The Fit Hybrid will be offered at the starting price of ¥1.59

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