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Tony O'Kane | May, 14 2014 | 16 Comments

Honda Australia has confirmed that its all-new Jazz will arrive in July, and expects the popular light hatchback to kick start its sales in a big way.

With nearly all previous-gen Jazzes sold out, Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins says that that the new model will become the Japanese brand's top seller.

The company expects around 1000 sales each month - roughly 300 more than the current top-selling Honda, the CR-V.

"Jazz is going to be our biggest-volume car. It’s something that us and our dealers are very much looking forward to," Collins said at the launch of the 2014 City.

"We expect to sell about a thousand Jazzes per month."

Sales projections for the just-launched Honda City light sedan, meanwhile, see roughly 250 examples leaving showrooms each month.

Sold in Japan as the Fit since September 2013, the new Jazz is offered overseas with 1.3 litre and 1.5 litre port-injected petrol engines, as well as 100kW/182Nm 1.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid with an all-new dual-clutch transmission.

It's understood that the new Jazz lineup will echo that of the current model, with entry-level GLi variants taking the 1.3 litre engine and VTi and VTi-S models receiving the 1.5 litre petrol.

The Jazz Hybrid has also been confirmed for Australia, though according to Honda its launch timing has yet to be locked in.

"Jazz will come as a hybrid," Collins confirmed to TMR.

"It won’t come from day one and we’re still trying to firm up the timing, but it will come."

Pricing is not expected to change significantly from the current Jazz range, which kicks off at $14,990 for the base Jazz GLi. As with the current model the new Jazz will continue to be sourced from Thailand, though the hybrid may still continue to come from Japan.

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