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Christopher Bruce2012-11-12 16:52:34

Honda CEO Confirms Jazz-Based Juke Rival

The next generation Fit is due in 2014

Whether you know it as the JazzJazz Gen.2Honda Jazz Gen.2Japan, 2008 > 201443 versions
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or the FitFit Gen.2Honda Fit Gen.2Japan, 2008 > present6 versions
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, HondaHondaHondaJapan, 1948 > present102 models
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CEO Takanobu Ito confirmed at a European press event that is planning to build a compact crossover based on the car to take on the Juke and multitude of other compact crossovers hitting the market in Europe. 

The crossover will be based on the next generation Jazz/Fit that will go on sale in 2014. The crossover will be on sale before 2017. In addition to the five-door hatch and crossover, Honda will build a sedan version as well. 

Ito did not say anything about the engines or styling for the next generation car, but the crossover will be the "younger brother to the new CR-VCR-V Gen.4Honda CR-V Gen.4Japan, 2012 > present36 versions
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."

Honda's plan is to make the Jazz/Fit its global compact platform and wants to sell 7 million of them worldwide including all the variants by 2017. Honda has sold about 4 million of the cars this year. 

It also wants to make the Civic more popular worldwide. It announced a refresh to the design in North America today and plans on "increasing the attractiveness" of the Civic in Europe as well. Honda has no plans to build a low-cost, rear-wheel drive sports coupe like the Toyota GT86GT 86 Gen.1Toyota GT 86 Gen.1Japan, 2012 > present14 versions
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, instead it will sell the Civic Type-R in 2015 to fill the niche. 

Source: Autocar

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