Honda will be closing down the Fit line after 2020
By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership News, Honda Fit on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 5:44 pm
Is Honda canceling the Honda Fit hatchback?
As an automaker, Honda is able to stay ahead of changing customer needs because of its extensive and diverse inventory. Sometimes meeting customer demands means saying goodbye to a member of the team. So, is Honda canceling the Honda Fit hatchback? According to an article posted to CarandDriver.com, by Joey Capparella on July 17, yes, they are. At least for the American market. The Honda Fit platform debuted for the 2007 model year and has won several ‘Best Of’ awards for its convenient flexibility, engaging handling profile. However, the time has come to move on. The automaker already has plans in the works to fill this gap. Let’s take a look at what a future Honda lineup will look like without it the Fit.
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Why is Honda stopping Fit production?
At the end of the day, just about every decision in the automotive industry comes down to cold, hard numbers. The automaker simply didn’t sell enough Fit units to continue production. According to Capparella’s article, Fit sales have been down in 2020, though there could be other factors at play. Additionally, the Fit didn’t quite meet the mark in terms of success in 2019 either.
For what it’s worth, Honda isn’t totally shuttering production of the Fit hatchback. Capparella also said in his article that it will still be available in European markets as well as in the manufacturer’s home country, Japan, where it’s referred to as the Jazz.
Will a new hatchback model replace the Honda Fit?
Fortunately, Honda won’t have to go back to the drawing board to find a suitable replacement for the Fit. In many ways, the existing Honda HR-V subcompact crossover SUV has already been playing that role. Capparella also surmised that the automaker will likely increase HR-V production to make up for the hole left by the departing Honda Fit.
If you have any additional questions about the future of Honda vehicles, make an appointment with a Meridian Honda product expert today.