Honda Airwave is a kind of subcompact car that has been produced since 2005 by Honda Motors, a popular Japanese automaker. It is a five-door station wagon version based on a sedan City/Fit Aria and a hatchback Fit/Jazz. Global Small Car platform is used to build this car. The car made a world debut on April 7, 2005. The Airwave is one of its own kinds in Japanese market.
The Airwave comes in two trim lines including the basic ‘G’ model and the well-equipped ‘L’ model. Both the trim lines are offered with an optional panoramic glass sunroof covering the large part of the roof. Both the versions are also available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The present version of Honda Partner series GJ3/GJ4 panel van is also based on Airwave. The Honda Partner was released in 2006 and powered by L15A I-DSi engine connected to a five-speed automatic transmission rather than VTEC engine used in Airwaves.
Under the hood, the Airwave is equipped with one of the largest Honda’s L-series engines, the 1496cc 1.5-L VTEC L15A gasoline engine. The engine can generate 81kW (109 HP) at 5,800 rpm and 143 Nm (105lb-ft) of torque at 4,800 rpm. Two different automatic transmissions (CVT) are offered for Airwave. A standard CVT of five speeds is offered with the ‘G’ trim line while the ‘L’ trim line is offered a CVT with seven-speed mode. It enables the driver to opt for smooth, shiftless acceleration of a standard CVT or to shift through seven computer-controlled gears.
Like the Fit, the interior of Airwave shows some versatility as well. The fuel tank of the car is moved below the front seats so as to make enough space in the rear. Five different seating modes are offered in Airwave similar to the Fit: Normal – as the name suggests, seats are positioned normally; Utility – in this mode, the split rear seats are folded down into the rear foot and also the rear seat back lowered forward so as to provide enough space for cargo; Long – in the long mode, the rear seat behind the passenger can be folded down and the front passenger seat can be lowered backward so as to make a space enough for a 2.7 meters (8.9ft) long object; Tall – the rear seat cushion can be wrapped up against the rear seat back allows you to place an item 1.25 meters (4.1ft) high; and Refresh – this seating mode allows you to remove the headrest of the front seat and folds down the front seat back to give an area similar to lounge style.
Since its debut in the Japanese automobile market 2005, we have crafted out the sales record of the car which is as follows: in 2005, $43,846; in 2006, $32,253; in 2007, $21,175; in 2008, $15,648 and in 2009 the sales remained at $7,052. Although, majority of the sales are made in Japanese market, some of the units are exported to Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.