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A slow ramp-up for Honda Fit
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Quality, transportation problems push back Mexico-built car's U.S. sales nearly 2 months


2015 Fit: Delayed to June from April

LOS ANGELES -- 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.

As of an April 9 press release, Honda was planning for an on-sale date in late April. Now the forecast is for the second week of June.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin declined to say what the quality shortcomings were, other than to say, "It's not some major rework. These are things that can be adjusted in production. It's not like we're going back to the drawing board. The car has been on sale in Japan already and is doing great."

Because the Fit for the United States is being built in a new factory by new workers, the ramp-up is slower than expected, Martin said. Even before the delay, full production wasn't expected until fall.

The delay came after Honda engineers found deficiencies during qual-ity checks on the first wave of assembled cars that reached U.S. ports and regional centers. Extra inspections are typical for a new model launch.

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta looks so much better!

The new Fit joins the Fiesta with production in Mexico.....for now. YTD Fiesta is at 21k while the current Fit is at 14k. But based on the LA Times: "Redesigned 2015 Honda Fit is less fun to drive" I don't think the new Fit will move the sales much unless Honda brings over the Fit Hybrid offered in Japan. Which they may do.

The new Fit offers a 6-speed manual or CVT and 130hp with 114 torque, compared with the base Fiesta at 120hp and 112 torque and 5-speed manual. But the Fiesta with EcoBoost Package offers 123hp and 125 torque and only with 5-speed manual.

If Fit does start to gain traction, no worries.....there is a next gen Fiesta expected for 2016(MY2017).
 

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Better to catch quality issues before going into full-production and sending the cars to the showrooms, isn't this also the reason why the MKZ was delayed?



The 2014 Ford Fiesta looks so much better!
True, the Fiesta has always been a better looking and better driving car than the Fit/Jazz.
The Fit/Jazz's main selling point has always been its versatility (its large interior-cargo area relative to its size) which explains why it looks like a shrunken minivan.


I'd obviously go for the Fiesta, but its hard to deny that there are still people out there (globally) who'd choose versatility over something that's fun to drive.

PS: In some reviews, the Honda Jazz aka Fit is also mentioned as an alternative/competitor for the B-Max, so I guess it competes with both the Fiesta and B-Max (at least in Europe).
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What a worthless, ugly product. And it will sell. Honduh owners are some of the dumbest on the planet - they forgot why they bought a Honduh - but they "know" Honduhs are the best (even if that hasn't been true since the late 1980's).
 
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