Honda plans a large family of vehicles for its new supermini platform to compete with the big range Toyota is basing on its Vitz platform.
Honda will have 'at least as many' models from the Fit platform - known as the Jazz in Europe - as Toyota has from its Vitz platform, said Takeo Fukui, Honda senior managing director and president of Honda research and development.
The first Fit derivative will be a small minivan, shown at Tokyo as the S-U-U concept, which will come to market in Japan in December.
From the platform of the Vitz, known as the Yaris in Europe, Toyota has developed the Platz sedan (known as the Echo in North America); the FunCargo compact van; the Verso wagon; the bB boxy tall wagon; and the WiLL Vi, WiLL VS, and soon-to-be-launched WiLL VC.
'There are many we are thinking of, and research and development has prepared many possible models. Now it is up to our president to decide [which ones he wants next],' said Fukui.
He said that Honda did not originally design just the Fit, and then think of what other models it could develop from that platform. Rather, Honda had started with many body variations based on that platform. Then, based on Honda's analysis of Japanese market demand, the company decided to launch the five-door Fit ahead of the three-door, four-door and sporty versions.