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A slow ramp-up for Honda Fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The launch of the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit subcompact -- built in Honda's new $800 million factory in Celaya, Mexico -- is in the midst of a nearly two-month delay because of quality-control and transport glitches....
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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle....
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HOW HONDA GOT ITS GROOVE BACK

With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit....
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'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."...
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Honda Fit raises the ante for subcompacts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In the subcompact segment, small can no longer mean cheap. It's not only price but a product's execution that makes the difference between a sale and a walkaway. With the 2015 Fit, Honda looks to be leading the pack -- at least on the execution side....
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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda, Nissan: A brand new battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
The auto industry is always full of head-to-head rivalries, and right now the battle between Honda and Nissan is one of the hottest....
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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan Versa gets refresh amid cutthroat subcompact competition

4:47 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan plans to show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York auto show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car’s model cycle as the Honda Fit and other competitors look for more of the cutthroat subcompact segment....
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Honda Fit raises the ante, and cargo space, in subcompact segment

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In the subcompact segment, small can no longer mean cheap. It's not only price but a product's execution that makes the difference between a sale and a walkaway. With the 2015 Fit, Honda looks to be leading the pack -- at least on the execution side....
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Honda Fit-based crossover likely named HR-V in U.S.

3:24 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Honda's crossover vehicle based on the Fit subcompact hatchback likely will be named HR-V. In filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices, Honda recently filed for a trademark for the name....
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Honda's Celaya plant boosts Mexico factory presence

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
In opening its $800 million assembly plant here to build the 2015 Fit subcompact hatchback and crossover variant, Honda is joining a rapidly growing slate of automakers and suppliers in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why Honda's Insight is no longer a good Fit

8:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Honda is pulling the plug on the Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe. Could a similar kill-off happen Stateside? Dropping them would pare the brand of its biggest deadwood. Each sold fewer than 5,000 units in the United States last year....
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Most tiny cars miss mark in IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The smallest cars on the road fared poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging small-overlap crash test....
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Chevy Spark only tiny car to get acceptable rating in new IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Most of the tiniest cars on the road fared poorly in the challenging new small-overlap crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with only the Chevrolet Spark getting an acceptable rating, the group said today....
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Minicars fare worst in U.S. frontal crash test, report says

Jan. 22, 2014 10:49 CET
Minicars such as the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a U.S. frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree....
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DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Honda pitches a new Fit, with cargo room

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Honda made its bones in the United States in the 1970s with sensible small cars. The 2015 Fit, unveiled at the Detroit auto show, is Honda's attempt to lay claim to that re-emerging segment. The Fit stays relatively close in size to the previous version by pushing the wheels to the corners, gaining 1.2 inches of wheelbase and 0.3 inch of width but losing 1.6 inches of overall length....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

One reporter's take on what worked, and what didn't, at the Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
West Coast Editor Mark Rechtin, who walked the floor of the Detroit auto show gathering first impressions of new cars and concepts, is convinced that this was a show of missed opportunities....
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Acura mulls Honda Fit-based compact crossover

9:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Acura is considering a compact crossover to complement the Honda brand's upcoming Fit-based utility vehicle....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Honda pitches a new Fit in subcompact market

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Honda made its bones in the United States in the 1970s with sensible small cars. The 2015 Fit, unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, is Honda's attempt to stake out its ground in that re-emerging segment of the market....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Honda to introduce redesigned Fit, Acura TLX in Detroit

5:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
American Honda is counting on two new-generation cars debuting next month at the Detroit auto show to boost U.S. sales in 2014. Honda will unveil the third-generation 2015 Fit subcompact at the show, the company said today....
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Honda bets big on small Vezel crossover, eyes turbo for U.S.

12:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Honda is ready to take a run at one of the auto industry's fastest-growing segments in the United States: compact, sporty crossovers. The Vezel -- a small crossover based on Honda's redesigned Fit subcompact -- goes on sale in Japan on December 20 and in the United States in the second half of 2014....
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Car supply hits 17-year monthly high

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
In units, 1.8 million is the highest monthly total of cars since March 1, 1996....
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Honda's new plant takes manufacturing to the next level

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013
Honda's newest assembly plant was seven years in the making, twice delayed and may be the last greenfield car factory in Japan for a long time....
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Honda wants 2 battery suppliers for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
To drive down costs and ensure steady delivery, Honda is in talks with a potential second supplier of lithium ion batteries for its new line of hybrid vehicles....
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Lag time at lights makes stop-start a nonstarter for redesigned Honda Fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
When the redesigned Honda Fit arrives in U.S. showrooms in the middle of next year, it won't have an engine stop-start system. One reason is that cars with stop-start can be a drag to drive....
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CEO calls redesigned Fit Honda's comeback car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Launching the third-generation Fit last week, Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito made his lofty expectations clear, calling the redesigned subcompact a key player in the company's comeback plan....
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