The good old times that the Honda Fit / Jazz came with just the CVT option globally along with the manual seems to have disappeared, partially due to CVT issues that mainly has become a problem in the Asian region.
Just for GD1 users the transmission types were the
The standard auto for the GD1 was offered in the US which surprisingly did not get the more advanced CVT solution, one wonders if Honda was a bit worried over the issues faced in the Asian region with the gearboxes. Whatever the reason the choice worked fine, as the car sold very well in the US, a country where most folks just loved large cars, though times are changing now with more and more smaller and fuel efficient cars entering that market (Just like the iPhone, to most folks in the states these cars may seem knew but little do they know these are tried and tested models in other countries that are being sold with a new set of clothes to make them look new).
So okay back to the subject, what about the GE6,
Well seems like most Asian markets are now playing safe by only offering the manual, standard auto and the new I-SHIFT (supposedly a manual gearbox with automatic controls). Initial review comments suggests that the CVT seems to be a much more driver oriented gearbox with better fuel efficiencies than the I-SHIFT version though Honda marketing may otherwise.
The Japanese market though continues to get a CVT version of coupled to the 1.3L I-VTEC engine. This variant seems to feature technology lifted from the FD1 Civic such as drive-by-wire throttle control, etc which means the vehicle for a 1.3L gives out quite a bit of juice and jazz in its performance while sipping fuel very thriftily.
Honda definitely has no fear in using CVT in their bigger models even globally, so the issue with the Jazz/Fit (and the new City) seems purely due to the GD1 catastrophe. To this date I still am extremely disappointed that Honda never ever sold the CVT issues even in latter models of the GD-Series Fit/Fit Aria/Jazz/City. Considering the car toiled for over 7 years with remarkable sales due to its ahead of time space efficiencies and fuel efficiencies, and Honda a company renowned for innovation says a puzzling story. Maybe they just did not want to replace all gearboxes if they introduced a new gearbox in that serious to avoid legal repercussions, though extending the warranty in many advanced markets to 7-years was a way they wanted to show confidence in their gearbox. Speculation speculation 🙂