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Honda trumpets its Jazz hybrid

The hybrid supermini, to debut at the Paris Motor Show, will borrow most of its propulsion technology from its Honda Insight big brother.

Honda Jazz hybrid
The Honda Jazz hybrid, dubbed the Honda Fit in North America.

Honda's just unveiled a hybrid version of its funny-looking Jazz supermini, making it the first manufacturer to create a hybrid in this class.

The Jazz hybrid will borrow most of the propulsion gubbins from its Honda Insight big brother. This consists of an 87bhp 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine lovingly affixed to a 14bhp electric motor, as well as a nickel metal hydride battery pack that'll drive the vehicle in electric-only mode--but only under "some medium and low speed conditions."

Honda has yet to release final fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures for the Jazz hybrid, set to debut at the Paris Motor Show, but says its numbers will be "comparable" to those of the Insight.

Read more of "Honda Jazz Hybrid: World's first hybrid supermini breaks cover" at Crave UK.