Honda Malaysia (HM) recently celebrated the delivery of the first Jazz Hybrid, just a few weeks after it was launched in June this year. Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to receive the hybrid model, and Aneesa Binti Abdul Rashid is the first Malaysian to receive the keys to her very own unit during an official handover ceremony held at Honda Global Amity in Bangi.

“Honda Malaysia was the pioneer to introduce hybrid technology in Malaysia in 2004. We were also the first manufacturer to produce Hybrid vehicles locally and the third country after Japan and USA to produce the completely knocked down (CKD) Hybrid model in 2012,” said Katsuto Hayashi, managing director and chief executive officer at HM.

“Today is significant and memorable to us because we have registered the very first hybrid with the i-DCD (Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive) system in Malaysia. We want to take this opportunity to thank Malaysians for their continuous support towards Honda’s new technologies that we introduced,” he added.

The Jazz Hybrid’s powertrain consists of 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission with integrated electric motor, and a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The overall system output is rated at 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque.

The hybrid model is part of the new Jazz line-up, which also includes three variants powered by the 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with 120 PS and 145 Nm. The engine on the non-hybrid Jazz is paired with an Earth Dreams CVT automatic.

HM says the new Jazz has been well accepted by the public, with over 1,300 units booked within just two weeks of its launch. The company had set a one-month sales target of 1,200 units for the model.

“We received many enquiries regarding the new Jazz Hybrid and interest in the new Sport Hybrid i-DCD system is high. As a dealer, we are very honoured to be part of this significant moment in celebrating the handover of the first new Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD in Malaysia today,” said Mohamad Azri, managing director and owner of Honda Global Amity.

Aneesa was also presented with a full Mugen bodykit for the Lunar Silver Metallic-finished Jazz Hybrid, along with tickets to the 2017 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix (worth RM6,350) as tokens of appreciation from HM in celebrating this momentous occasion.