Monday, June 15, 2009

Honda Jazz: The first premium hatchback model car in India

Japanese automaker, Honda is going to launch a new hatchback model car, Honda Jazz, in India in June 2009. Already Honda launched Honda Accord V6, a midrange automobile in March 2009. Despite recession, India saw an increase of 22% in car sales in February compared to January. Honda Jazz will compete with other major small cars like Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion and small cars of Toyota. The car will be produced at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Noida. In South Asia Blog, we recently covered about Skoda Superb and India Mobile phone operators. If you read these entries then you will perhaps have good understanding of the recent condition of Indian market.

Masahiro Takedagawa, President and CEO, Honda Siel Cars India said that Honda Jazz is a premium category car. He does not expect that Honda Jazz would out sale Honda City. Honda Jazz is a very stylish and well-designed car. It comes with seats that resemble with Honda Accord.


Width (excluding mirrors):1695 mm

Width (including mirrors) : 2029 mm

Height : 1525 mm

Wheelbase : 2500 mm

Car length : 3900 mm

Kerb weight : 1086 kg

Maximum load weight : 1520 kg

Fuel tank : 42 litres


  • The short nose and rear-end gives Honda Jazz a tight turning circle and it can be parked in tight parking spaces.
  • The Honda Jazz is powered by a 1.2-litre intelligent variable valve timing and lift electronic control (i-VTEC) petrol engine.
  • The Honda Jazz comfort features include: ashtray, boot light, cigar lighter, driver vanity mirror, front electric windows, interior light standard, intermittent front wiper, map light, pollen filter, power assisted steering, rear cargo hook, and tilt adjustable steering wheel.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with body color bumpers.
  • The Honda Jazz has electric adjustable and heated door mirrors.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with roof mounted aerial.
  • The Honda Jazz emits 125 grams of CO2 per km.
  • The Honda Jazz has fuel efficiency of 53 miles per gallon.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with auxiliary socket.
  • The Honda Jazz has front speakers.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with a stereo CD tuner with MP3 compatability.
  • The Honda Jazz has speed adjusting audio volume.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with adjustable dashboard illumination.
  • The Honda Jazz has audible headlight on reminder.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with digital clock.
  • The Honda Jazz has external temperature gauge.
  • The Honda Jazz can go from 0-62 miles per hour in 12.5 seconds.
  • The Honda Jazz has a maximum speed of 110 km/hour.
  • The Honda Jazz has 5 x 3 point seat belts.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with active front head restraints.
  • The Honda Jazz has Aanti-lock raking System (ABS).
  • The Honda Jazz comes with dual front SRS airbags and dual side SRS airbags and side curtain airbag.
  • The Honda Jazz has front disc brakes and rear disc brakes.
  • The Honda Jazz comes with emergency brake assist.


India is a price sensitive market. Though the five door Honda Jazz is built on Honda City platform, it is going to be pricier than Honda City. The car is expected to be priced above 4,50,000. Initially, 70% of the auto-parts of the Jazz will be available in India. This will further increase at a later stage.

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(This entry was originally uploaded in March 2009.)


  1. Jazz has very awesome colors. Even Mahindra Xylo has some very eye catching colours. In fact Mahindra has started a Colour contest for Xylo. You can play at

    I think Jazz price is too much. Indian buyers are very particular about getting maximum benefits in least possible price. But overall Jazz is really cool!

  2. Jazz doesnt have a map light!!!!!!!