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Honda to Offer Entry-Level Hybrid in '09

August 18, 2006

TORRANCE, Calf. --- Honda plans to introduce an entry-level, four-door hybrid for the 2009 model year, according to AutoWeek. Honda said the model will have a new nameplate, but could be a sedan version of the Fit. The Insight, a two-passenger hybrid vehicle, will be dropped at the end of the 2006 model year, AutoWeek reported. The 2007 Fit became available in April at a base price of $14,400. The five-door hatchback replaces the Civic as Honda's entry-level car, competing against the Toyota Scion, Chevrolet Aveo and Nissan Versa.The Fit has a 109-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission, AutoWeek said.
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