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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Honda Fit 2014-5

Honda July 2014 Sales Down 3.9% with 135,908 Vehicles Sold
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 1, 2014

2015 Honda Fit during its North American introduction in Detroit this past January - $16,488 to start with the unfortunately short ratioed 6-speed MT, mats, D&H. 29/37/32 mpgUS city/highway/combined with the same. When equipped with the much wider and taller ratioed CVT, add $800 and a 33/41/36 mpgUS city/highway/combined result is being touted for the LX with the 15” wheels.

The EX and EX-L trims drop city, highway, and combined by 1, 3, and 1 mpg respectively as they arrive with the 16” alloys.

The third generation 2015 Honda Fit is the most versatile B-segment in the world due to its mysteriously large interior volume of 95.7 cu. ft., excellent 16.6 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the 60/40 split seats upright, and magic rear and front passenger seats that provide a large number of seating configurations including Utility, Long, Tall, and even one called refresh mode. In other words, this is really a C-segment interior in a B-segment exterior with as much room and even more configuration utility than any compact crossover on the market today. When you consider the up-front cost, low cost to own, and low total cost of ownership over the life of the Fit, you would be making a mistake by taking it off you’re A-list.

2015 Honda Fit Rear Cargo Area

Absolutely flat load floor - 40” wide by 28” deep with the rear seats up.

The all-new 2015 Fit has a longer wheelbase yet is shorter overall than its predecessor. It is also more rigid and lighter while providing a better ride and steering feel.

An all new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure should help it improve tremendously over the very Poor rating the 2013 received in the IIHS’ small overlap crash test. The new Fit’s result remains to be seen.

2015 Honda Fit Exterior

This Fit simply looks more modern thanks in part to slimmer wraparound headlamp lenses, a blacked out lower intake and a steeper windscreen rake. A pronounced character line running through the body colored door handles and sculpted lower sill cutout adds flair. Out back the color-matched spoiler not only looks sporty but actually helps improve aero. The EX and EX-L alloys look sharp too although the highway hit is excessive when so equipped.

It is a standout from the outside too.

2015 Honda Fit Interior

Inside, the increased interior room not only feels larger, it is far more refined with soft-touch materials on the upper reaches of the dash. Silver accents around the lower portion of the wheel, dash vents, through the front and rear door panels, and just above the glovebox make for a modern and stylish look.

The std. Honda blue backlit instrument dials are multiple information display configurations are more functional than any of its competitors sans the much more expensive Prius c.

All Fit models include auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a center storage console with armrest.

Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio with next-generation HondaLink, and heated leather seats are available in the EX and EX-L trims.

2015 Honda Fit Interior

Well crafted and refreshingly good compared to most B-segment offerings.

A bit of a reach to the wheel and to little lower high support for taller drivers (driver only) despite the large interior volume spec.

2015 Fit Drivetrain

The direct-injected 130 hp and 114 lb-ft. of torque 1.5L I4 uses a DOHC head with valve and timing control mated to the all-new 6.2:1 wide ratio CVT are mostly responsible for the large increase in both power, acceleration, and fuel economy.

Higher percentage of highway with some Inner City San Diego routes mixed in during the short lead earlier this year

An even shorter city/suburban mix drive at the MAMA Spring Rally three months back.

2015 Fit Safety

The Fit arrives with Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, front, side, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure all standard.

The real breakout feature never before seen in a B-segment before is the availability of Honda’s LaneWatch display on EX and EX-L trims. A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and expanded view driver's mirror is standard on the rest.

As soon as I see the IIHS crash test(s) performed, I will update the many Honda Fit detail stories posted here at CleanMPG. It is very un-Honda like not to design for the best scores in the industry and I have no doubt the all-new Fit will earn its grade this time around.

The new U.S.-market Fit is being produced at Honda’s all-new plant in Celaya, Mexico.

Honda July 2014 Sales Overview

This morning Honda reported its July 2014 sales results of 135,908 vehicles with

Honda posted sales of 123,428 units in July, off an unusual 2.3 percent. Acura sold 12,480 vehicles in July, down 17.6 percent vs. July 2013.

Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 875,344 vehicles, down 1.3 percent from the Jan – Jul period of 2013. Simply not used to seeing this is all.

Honda July 2014 July Sales Highlights

As usual, the Accord was Honda’s best selling model with 35,073 sold and its best July in 5 years, up 11.3 percent from the 31,507 Accords sold in July of 2013.

Following the Accord’s superlative results was the Civic which posted 30,038 vehicles sold, down 7.3 percent vs. July of 2013.

The CR-V posted its best July sales ever with 28,522 vehicles sold, up 4.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

The all-new 2015 Fit appears to be gaining traction as its sales results of 5,115 vehicles sold in July was up 1.3 percent from the 5,047 vehicles sold in July 2013. Not sure if dealership inventory has been increasing enough to provide momentum but as the best B-segment vehicle available today, expect to see higher numbers moving forward.

Honda July 2014 Highlights and Overall Sales Results

ModelJul-14Jul-13Jul-DSR % changeJul-14 YTDJul-13 YTDYTD-DSR % change
Civic Hybrid409578-32.0%2,9043,719-21.9%
Accord HEV1,3620NA8,2500NA
Accord PHEV-134154-27.0%221254-13.0%
Honda Totals135,908141,439-7.6%875,344887,017-1.3%
* Includes HD models
The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in July of 2014 and 25 days in July of 2013.
The YTD-DSR% is calculated with 178 days through both July of 2014 and 2013.

July 2014 Top 10 U.S. Automobile Sales Leaders

RankMakeModelJuly-14July-13July-DSR % change
* Includes HD models
The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in July of 2014 and 25 days in July of 2013.

Top 10 U.S. July sales leaders item of note: The Civic moved up one ahead of the Corolla, the CR-V moving from 10th to 8th while the Altima and Escape moved into 9th and 10th respectively displacing the Fusion and Focus from the top 10.

July 2014 B-Segment Sales Rank
  1. Nissan Versa – 15,630
  2. Ford Fiesta – 7,545
  3. Chevrolet Sonic – 6,430
  4. Honda Fit – 5,115
  5. Fiat 500 – 3,807
  6. Kia Rio – 3,791
  7. Hyundai Accent – 3,755
  8. Beetle – 2,452
  9. Mazda2 – 2,075
  10. Mirage – 1,593
  11. Toyota Yaris – 686
July 2014 B-Segment sales items of note: Fiesta moved ahead of the Sonic for 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Fit moved from 6th to 4th, the 500 and a real surprise in that the Rio moved ahead of the Accent for 5th, 6th and 7th place respectively.

July 2014 C-Segment Sales Rank
  1. Toyota Corolla – 30,833
  2. Honda Civic – 30,038
  3. Hyundai Elantra – 22,213
  4. Chevrolet Cruze – 20,926
  5. Ford Focus – 17,724
  6. Nissan Sentra – 17,579
  7. VW Jetta – 13,142
  8. Mazda3 – 9,381
  9. Dodge Dart – 7,483
  10. Kia Forte – 5,566
July 2014 C-Segment sales items of note: Corolla edged past Civic for the top spot. Elantra moved into 3rd from 5th place with the Cruze moved up one to 4th position while the Focus fell from 3rd to 5th.

July 2014 D-Segment Sales Rank
  1. Toyota Camry – 39,888
  2. Honda Accord – 35,073
  3. Nissan Altima – 26,654
  4. Ford Fusion – 23,942
  5. Hyundai Sonata – 22,577
  6. Kia Optima – 13,588
  7. Chevrolet Malibu – 13,537
  8. VW Passat – 8,668
  9. Chrysler 200 – 8,159
  10. Mazda6 – 5,049
July 2014 D-Segment sales items of note: Altima moved up one to 3rd position with Fusion falling one to take its place in 4th. Optima moved up one on Malibu to 6th and 7th position respectively. Passat moved up one position to 8th with the 200 falling one position to 9th.

July 2014 Pickup Sales Rank
  1. Ford F-Series* – 63,240
  2. Chevrolet Silverado* – 42,097
  3. RAM* – 34,621
  4. GMC Sierra* – 17,488
  5. Toyota Tacoma – 13,249
  6. Toyota Tundra – 10,312
  7. Frontier – 5,797
  8. Honda Ridgeline – 1,340
  9. Nissan Titan – 1,072
* Includes HD pickups

July 2014 Pickup sales items of note: No ranking changes in July.

July 2014 Hybrid Sales Rank
  1. Prius Liftback – 12,866
  2. Camry Hybrid – 4,609
  3. Prius c – 3,700
  4. C-MAX – 2,994
  5. Fusion Hybrid – 2,851
  6. Prius v – 2,738
  7. CT 200h – 1,979
  8. Avalon Hybrid – 1,767
  9. Accord HEV – 1,362
  10. XV Crosstrek Hybrid – 746
  11. Civic Hybrid – 409
  12. CR-Z – 356
  13. Insight – 291
  14. Highlander Hybrid – 214
July 2014 Hybrid sales items of note: C-MAX and Fusion Hybrid swapped positions for 4th and 5th respectively. CR-Z and Insight swapped potions near the bottom of the ranks.

July 2014 Electric Sales Rank
  1. LEAF – 3,019
  2. Volt – 2,020
  3. Prius PHEV – 1,371
  4. Fusion Energi – 1,226
  5. C-MAX Energi – 831
  6. i3 – 363
  7. Focus BEV –198
  8. ELR – 188
  9. RAV4EV – 68
  10. Fit EV – 42
  11. Accord PHEV – 41
  12. i-MiEV – 17
July 2014 PHEV and BEV sales items of note: Fusion Energi fell from 2nd to 4th and added the i-MiEV sales result.

U.S. July 2014 Sales vs. July 2013 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers
  1. GM July 2014 Sales Up 9.4% with 256,160 Vehicles Sold
  2. Toyota July 2014 Sales Up 11.6% with 215,802 Vehicles Sold 
  3. Ford July 2014 Sales Up 9.4% with 204,373 Vehicles Sold
  4. Chrysler July 2014 US Sales Up 19.7% with 167,667 Vehicles Sold
  5. Honda July 2014 Sales Down 3.9% with 135,908 Vehicles Sold
  6. Nissan July 2014 Sales Up 11.5% with 112,914 Vehicles Sold
  7. Hyundai July 2014 Sales Up 1.5% with 67,011 Vehicles Sold
  8. Kia July 2014 Sales Up 6.7% with 52,309 Vehicles Sold
  9. Subaru July 2014 Sales Up 27.0% with 45,714 Vehicles Sold
  10. BMW July 2014 Sales Up 7.4% with 32,220 Vehicles Sold
  11. Mercedes-Benz July 2014 Sales Up 16.4% with 30,757 Vehicles Sold
  12. Volkswagen July 2014 Sales Down 14.6% with 30,533 Vehicles Sold
  13. Mazda July 2014 Sales Up 17.1% with 29,238 Vehicles Sold
  14. Audi July 2014 Sales Up 11.9% with 14,616 Vehicles Sold
Manufacturer July 2014 Sales Ranking of note: Toyota overtook Ford to become the second largest seller of automobiles in the U.S. VW fell two spots behind the hard charging BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

July 2014 SAAR was 16.6 million. This was the fifth straight month of 16 million or better, sixth straight month of year over year gains, and third straight month in which the industry sold over 1.4 million vehicles. A healthy economy as far as the automobile industry is concerned.

Last edited by xcel : 08-04-2014 at 02:47 PM.

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