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THE ingenuity of its packaging and the efficiency of its engines make the all-new Jazz from Honda one of the most significant small car debuts in recent years.

At 3.8m in length, the fivedoor Jazz (pictured) with its attractive monoform styling falls at the upper end of the Bsegment, yet features such as a unique, centrally mounted fuel tank ensure a roomy interior more like that of a Csegment contender.

As well as comfortable accommodation for up to five occupants, Jazz also offers a revolutionary rear seat design of unprecedented flexibility that can be used to create either a totally flat load floor or a second, independent load area; it is also extremely simple to use.

The spacious interior is complemented by a pair of advanced i-DSI (Dual Sequential Ignition) engines that use twin spark plug technology and compact combustion chambers to achieve a blend of lively performance, exceptional frugality and compact dimensions. Currently, only provisional fuel consumption figures are available but tests suggest a combined cycle figure of 53.3 mpg for the 1.2 model and 51.4 mpg for the 1.4 model. Both the 78 PS 1.2 and 83 PS 1.4 engines conform to the EU 2005 emission regulations with CO2 emission levels of 126g/km for the 1.2 and 131g/km for the 1.4 engine. These levels are comparable to those of most recent turbo direct injection (TDI) diesel engines.

The Jazz - or Fit in the Japanese market where it is already on sale - is expected to make a significant contribution to Honda's European sales when it enters the market here in early 2002.

Jazz will be built at Honda's Suzuka plant in Japan and makes its European debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Externally the Jazz may be the size of a supermini, or upper B-segment car, but once inside new benchmark levels of packaging efficiency are immediately apparent. A key role is played by Honda's new Global Small Platform that features an innovative, centrally located fuel tank, mounted just beneath the front cabin floor.

In addition, Jazz has a relatively short nose section, so freeing up further cabin space, and made possible by the compact nature of the engines, the simply constructed, yet highperformance front strut suspension, as well as the new front side frame construction.

The load area is also highly practical, with a wide-opening tailgate, a cargo floor located at 470mm and a loading lip at just 620mm above ground level (unladen).

Jazz offers a remarkably flexible rear seat arrangement, opening up a whole range of loading possibilities. The innovative retraction mechanism of the 2:1 split rear seat means that collapsing either section completely into the deep footwell requires just three easy steps.

The Jazz has an emphatically sporty interior based around what Honda calls a "dynamic layered style" concept. The bold, open-line motif mixes light and dark shades of chic grey with metallic accenting throughout the cabin.

The audio system (or optional satellite navigation system/CD player) is seamlessly integrated.

At the heart of Honda's Jazz are two all-new 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines. These i-DSI - or Dual and Sequential Ignition - engines represent the second phase of Honda's next-generation i-Series of petrol engines.
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Title Annotation:Motoring
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 9, 2001
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