Second-party aftermarket tuner, Mugen, introduced on 22 October, 2007 a new line of accessories for the Japanese market 2008 Honda Fit. Two body kits (RS kit and L/S Aero kit)will be made available that include new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a roof spoiler and chrome exhaust tip. Other accessories like alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, different gauges, a sports exhaust, stiffer suspension and the like will also be available.
On 17 January, 2008, Mugen Motorsports introduced the Mugen Fit F154SC at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon. The F154SC has a supercharger installed onto the stock L15A engine that raises base horsepower of the 1.5 L (~92 cu in) I4 to 150 hp (112 kW) and 136 ft·lbf (184 N·m). Other upgrades include full coilover suspension, exhaust, intake, and brakes. Body modifications include a widen track to feed more air into the engine bay.
The second generation of the Honda Fit is set to go on sale in Jamaica in November 2008.
- North America
Although the second generation Honda Fit was introduced in the Japanese market for the 2008 model year, the first generation Fit was still sold in the North American market for the 2008 model year. The second generation Fit for the North American market was unveiled on 19 March 2008, at the 2008 New York International Auto Show for the 2009 model year. The North American Fit’s front overhang is several inches longer to improve NHTSA crash test ratings. The engine is an updated version of the current first generation Fit’s 1.5 L (~92 cu in) i-VTEC 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Fit Sport trim includes a ground appearance package, 16 in (406.4 mm) wheels, and paddle shifters.
The second generation Honda Fit went on sale in North America around August 26, 2008 for the 2009 model year. The base model MSRP is around $15,000 and the Sport a little above $17,000. To have the Sport equipped with an in-dash navigation system and vehicle stability control, the MSRP is around $19,000 making it the most-expensive subcompact on the market for that year.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings:
The Sumare-built new Fit was introduced in October 2008 in Brazil at Sao Paulo auto show. There are four versions: LX and LXL, with the 1.35-liter (marketed as 1.4) 16V engine, and EX and EXL, with the 1.5-liter 16V engine. Both engines have VTEC and flex fuel capabilities as standard. Manual and automatic – both 5-speed – gearboxes are offered; CVT is no longer available. On 1 Oct. 2009 the reference price is R$58,218 (US$32,717) for Fit 1.5 EX MT.
The Fit is available in Thailand as the Jazz. The second generation model has been unveiled on March 23, 2008. 3 trim levels will be offered with the top of the range being the SV followed by the V and the S. Cars with the S trim level will have manual and automatic transmission while the SV and V trims with only automatic transmissions.
The Jazz that is built in Thailand will be shipped to serve customers in Malaysia, Philippines and Australia. (original info: Singapore is included. However Kah Motors, the authorised dealer for Honda in Singapore, made it clear in their communications with the public and media, that the Jazz 2009 is made in Japan.)
The second-generation Jazz was launched around October 2008, with 3 trim levels.
Similar with Thailand, the Honda Fit is called the Honda Jazz. The general market for the Honda Jazz are students, urban-people, and small families who needed a small, fuel-efficient, and trendy car. The first generation Honda Jazz was a huge success, sold by Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) introduced in late quarter of 2003. The Honda Jazz is manufactured completely knocked down (CKD) in Honda’s Karawang Plant, West Java, Indonesia. In 2008, the total sales of Honda Jazz in Indonesia was 231.980 units. It was the Honda’s highest selling car in Indonesia. The second generation Honda Jazz was introduced in the middle of 2008, sold in S and RS versions. The RS has added airbags, ABS, EBD, a different head unit and body kit with bigger wheels. The price of Honda Jazz starts from IDR 178 million ($15500) for the manual transmission S until 210 million ($18500) for the RS with automatic transmission. The Honda Jazz ranked 5th in total for the highest selling passenger car in Indonesia, with a total sales of 24.969 units.
- United Kingdom
On July 28, 2008 Honda UK announced that the second generation Fit (sold as the Honda Jazz) would be on sale from October 17, 2008. The new model will be sold with two new engine variants; a 90 PS 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol capable of 55.4mpg (combined) and with low CO2 emissions of 120g/km; and a 100 PS 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine capable of 53.3mpg (combined) and with similarly low CO2 emissions of 123g/km. Honda also announced the introduction of an optional new “i-shift” semi-automatic gearbox replacing the traditional automatic CVT gearbox that had been available on the previous model.
The second generation Fit (sold as the Jazz) is available in Australia, albeit without electronic stability control (known as Vehicle Stability Control in Honda nomenclature.) Honda has confirmed that this feature will be introduced by the end of 2010.