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How does the e:HEV hybrid system operate?

It comprises two compact electric motors connected to an Atkinson-cycle 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit, which all work harmoniously together to provide a smooth and direct response

The e:HEV set-up includes three interchangeable drive modes, automatically selected for the driving conditions:
• EV Drive: the lithium-ion battery supplies power to the electric propulsion motor directly
• Hybrid Drive: the engine supplies power to an electric generator motor, which in turn supplies it to the electric propulsion motor
• Engine Drive: the engine is connected directly to the wheels via a lock-up clutch when the system recognises that driving the wheels directly with the engine is the most fuel efficient drive mode

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How are hybrid driveline components integrated without impacting on interior space?

Hybrid drivetrain components are cleverly integrated into the chassis and within the engine bay:
• The fuel tank is positioned in the centre of the chassis beneath the front seats, to maximise cabin room - this enables the Jazz to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seat configuration that offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, depending on load space required
• The electric motors (propulsion motor and generator), and power control unit (PCU) are integrated into the engine compartment
• The high voltage battery is located beneath the floor at the rear to ensure there is no impact on cargo space.

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What are the key features of the styling of the Honda Jazz?

• The unusually smooth exterior surface treatment and sleek front face are key to achieving a sophisticated visual balance, with all the different exterior surfaces, including the C-pillars and rear combination lamps, blended together, devoid of any lines
• The recognisable monoform shape of the Jazz is enabled by the raked A-pillars
• Visibility is enhanced by halving the thickness of the A-pillars - horizontal visibility is increased to 90 degrees

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How have you managed to include such thin A-pillars?

The sleek A-pillar design is enabled by greatly improved torsional rigidity and new structural technologies that move impact forces towards the front quarter light and door pillar

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Why is interior comfort so important for the Jazz?

Jazz has historically had a reputation for offering excellent interior spaciousness and comfort

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