Honda Malaysia, earlier today, launched its most affordable automobile offering, the locally assembled 2013 Honda Jazz Petrol, at RM74,800 on-the-road price with insurance. It claims to be the first car in Honda Malaysia’s history that is priced below RM75,000.

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The production of this CKD variant is said to be in line with Honda’s Global direction of increasing cost competitiveness to provide high brand value products at affordable prices.

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“Early this year, we established a new R&D Center in Malaysia, which specializes in matching local parts design. With the support from this new R&D center, we are increasing our local content across all line-up. Honda is proud to be a part of the Malaysian automotive industry and to work hand in hand with Malaysian business partners towards our mutual development and success. We are committed to continue our growth in Malaysia by providing products with the highest quality and performance to our customers.” said Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Yoichiro Ueno during his opening speech at a modest ceremony held at Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya.

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Assembled at its Pegoh plant in Melaka, this petrol variant is the second Jazz model after the 2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid, introduced in November last year. Honda also said that it is the second model offered at a very attractive price after the 2013 Honda CR-V 2.4L, which was launched last week, priced at RM169,800.

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“In July 2012, we announced the expansion of our new production line with a total investment of RM350 million. The expansion of this new line is proceeding on schedule and production at No. 2 line will start in the 4th quarter of this year. This expansion will enable us to double our production capacity to 100,000 units and it will also enable to produce more models in Malaysia,” Ueno added.

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Honda assured that this locally assembled variant is exactly the same as the imported unit with the only difference being the central locking mechanism in which varies among different regions of the world.

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The Jazz CKD maintain its 1.5 litre, single-over-head-cam (SOHC), 4-cylinder, 16-valve, i-Vtec engine producing 118 hp at 6,600 rpm and 146 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

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It also retains safety features such as the G-Force Control Technology (G-CON), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Dual SRS Airbags, 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) safety belts, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electrical Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

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Available in Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Sparkling Brown Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl, the asking price of RM74,800 OTR for the locally assembled 2013 Honda Jazz Petrol includes Honda Malaysia’s 3-years or 100,000 km warranty with an option of a 6-months warranty or 10,000 km free service package.

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Inspired by its sporting heritage, a Jazz Mudulo Aerokit is also available for an extra RM3,950 that gives off a bolder and more aggressive outlook. The package, which includes a front grille, front under spoiler, tailgate spoiler, side under spoiler and rear under spoiler, can be purchased individually.

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