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by Tim Beissmann

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.

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