Well, I've only been on the reservation list for 1 week so I assume that I will be receiving a 2009 model passion instead of 2008. Any rumors on changes or additional features? Give me SOMETHING to be excited about since I am facing such a long wait!
It is my understanding ( I have a close relative who works with Roger in Bloomfield Hills) that the yellow color will be adjusted and changed to a different yellow. Production will remain the same number of units.
My dealer says my Smart is in production and should arrive in 2 months (October). Will it be a 2009 model. and will the litany of problems that some have posted in "nuts & bolts" (shifter lock, engine light, service light reset) be remedied?
I have a long wait also.. Reserved on jun 04 2008.. ETA is oct-dec 2009.. I visited my local dealer saturday (08-09-08) and ask about colors. I want to configure a YELLOW cabrio. I was told if I want yellow, I need to order the panels because it is being dropped for sure. He also told me the red (which looks orange to me) will be a deeper red. I ask if I bought panels, would they fit a 2009 model and he said there will be NO BODY changes for 2009. Hope this helps.
I have read that they will be offering a hybid to the existing model available last quarter of this year which offers start-stop technology. When you step on the brake and slow below 5 miles per hour the engine shuts off, then when you let go of the brake it starts back up in first gear on it's own. They said it gets 11% to 21% better mileage that way for city driving. I think this will be on a lot of new cars soon.