What safety features are included in Honda Fit?
Safety comes standard in the Honda Fit
The Honda Fit delivers an effortless driving experience with efficient and responsive performance thanks to a 1.5-litre DOHC petrol engine. The Fit, which replaced the Jazz nameplate in South Africa, picks up where that model left off and continues to offer practicality and a high level of standard specification in a compact hatchback package.
When launched last year the Fit was the first Honda model to introduce Honda’s new e:HEV hybrid technology, marking the return of Honda to the hybrid market.
The rebranding strategy also aims to target a new, more diverse group of customers with an attractive and unique product offering, while continuing to cater for Honda’s extremely loyal customers.
During the design and development phase, Honda engineers completely redesigned the model from the ground up and the result is a city car that combines exceptional efficiency with outstanding everyday usability, that is ready to meet the needs of modern consumers.
Consumers are increasingly placing value on safety and the Honda Fit boasts an inherently safe design and a wide variety of safety equipment, often only found in larger more expensive models.
For example, the A-pillar thickness has been halved with the pillar behind now providing the main structural strength. Along with the hidden windscreen wipers it provides the driver and front seat passenger, with an unobstructed, almost panoramic field of vision.
In addition the ratio of higher tensile strength steel has risen by 80 percent for the new generation model, helping to reduce weight and improve safety performance in the event of an accident.
Stopping power is ensured by an all-disc braking system featuring 262mm ventilated front discs and 239mm solid discs at the rear. Electronic braking assistance systems include Vehicle Stability Assist, Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist and Automatic Brake Hold.
The Fit also incorporates a suite of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer.
The incorporation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection. A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy throughout the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.
In the event of an accident occupants are protected by six airbags comprising front, side and curtain SRS airbags.
In addition Fit Hybrid models are fitted with Honda Sensing active safety technology, which offers a broad range of driver assistance features and driver aids as standard.
This new and improved Honda Sensing system incorporates a newly developed wider-angle, higher definition camera that is able to detect a more comprehensive range of road surfaces and traffic characteristics, including enhanced nighttime operation. In fact the latest generation of Honda Sensing safety systems offers increased safety in a wider range of situations compared to the current generation systems fitted to more premium models such as the CR-V and Civic.
Honda Sensing technologies include the following:
Collision Mitigation Braking is able to detect pedestrians and cyclists and alert the driver. The system will also apply the brakes when the Fit is in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Adaptive Cruise Control is the next step in cruise control and manages the distance to the car in front automatically by continuously adjusting the speed.
Lane Keeping Assist prevents the vehicle from drifting into adjacent lanes and Road Departure Mitigation prevents the driver from straying from the road by alerting the driver if it detects that the vehicle is approaching the outer edge of the road, an oncoming vehicle or drifting into another lane without indicating.
Auto high beam switches high beam headlights on and off automatically depending on the conditions so as to not blind other road users.
The Honda Fit showcases that it is not necessary to drive an expensive car in order to drive a safe car, offering excellent all round value money but particularly so in the safety department.
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