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Honda to launch Jazz hybrid

Date: 27 August 2010

A hybrid version of the Honda Jazz will debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, bringing lower emissions and improved fuel economy to the supermini model.

Due to go on sale in early 2011, Honda says the introduction of its petrol-electric system to the Jazz makes the car the world's first B-segment hybrid.

The car will have the same engine as the Insight hybrid; a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine combined with a CVT gearbox, with an electric motor sandwiched between the two to create a parallel hybrid system.

The hybrid Jazz - like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models - will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions.

The new Jazz has revised headlight, clear rear lights, new front grille and restyled bumpers.

MPG and emissions data will be released at the Paris Motor Show.

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