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2012 Honda Jazz Vibe re-tunes city car range

Honda will introduce the Japanese-built Honda Jazz Vibe to Australia in February as it aims to counter limited availability of its city car caused by last year’s Thailand floods.

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Honda Australia usually sources its Jazz vehicles from the Ayutthaya plant in Thailand, but flood damage to Honda’s manufacturing facilities and a disruption in the parts supply chain means there is limited supply of vehicles out of the Thai factory.

Honda Australia’s decision to shift to Japanese production means a change to the variants, equipment levels and prices.

Offered at driveaway prices, the Jazz Vibe range starts at $17,990 for the 1.3-litre five-speed manual and tops out at $22,240 for the 1.5-litre five-speed automatic. The Thailand-sourced Jazz GLi 1.3-litre manual previously kicked off the range at $16,990 driveaway.

 

The new range includes two specification levels: Vibe and Vibe-S. The entry-level Vibe comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, steering wheel paddle shifters (auto only), rear spoiler and electric retractable side mirrors, among other features.

The Vibe-S adds 16-inch alloys, unique front and rear bumpers and side skirts.

Standard features across the range include Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB input with iPod compatibility, a versatile seating system with 18 different combinations, and a five-star ANCAP safety rating with six airbags and electronic stability control.

Three new colours join the range: Azure Blue, Milano Red and Storm Silver.

2012 Honda Jazz Vibe driveaway prices:

  • Vibe 1.3-litre manual – $17,990
  • Vibe 1.3-litre automatic – $19,990
  • Vibe-S 1.5-litre automatic – $22,240