Honda Motor Company announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it will be bringing its 2007 Honda Fit to the North American market in 2006.
The vehicle features 5 passenger seating in the sub-compact format and will come in 3 trims levels; DX, LX, and Sport. All models will have identical power train combinations, a 1.5 litre VTEC engine mated to either a 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic transmission.
While pricing has not been released, the host of upmarket standard or optional features could electrify the sub-compact class. Fit boasts standard Antilock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution and a first in class 5 speed automatic transmission. This transmission comes with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters in the Sport model.
At first glance this Honda seemed strangely familiar. Though far more refined and certainly on the leading edge of market innovation, the Fit appears to reclaim the spot left by the original Civic model, as it grew in size. The specs on the Fit indicate it sits almost exactly midpoint between the original first generation Civic and the current model.
The Honda Fit currently competes against the Toyota Yaris and others in the Asian and European sub-compact markets.