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Old 06-17-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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Honda’s Insight was the first hybrid to hit the U.S. market in 1999, but the tiny hatchback ceased production in 2006 due to practicality issues. However, a new report indicates that there is a good possibility that Honda will revive the Insight nameplate for its all-new Prius-rivaling model.

In addition to recycling the Insight name, Honda is also expected to equip the new hybrid with the same 1.3L Integrated Motor Assist system found in the current-generation Honda Civic Hybrid. Although the new Insight will be loosely based on the Fit, it will measure in at 3 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the Fit.


One Honda insider told AutoObserver.com that the Insight’s fuel economy would be “insane”, with some Japanese sources predicting mileage as high as 71 mpg. Actually mileage will likely lower when it hits our shores, but the Prius-rival will likely achieve 50 to 55 mpg.


And if those lofty fuel-economy numbers weren’t enough to cause an instant waiting list for the new hybrid, the next-generation Insight could list from as little as $19,000 – undercutting the Toyota Prius by thousands.


The new Insight is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show, but Honda could also wait until November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Whatever the case, the new five-door hybrid should hit U.S. Honda dealers early next year.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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A $19k base MSRP isn't that bad. Too bad dealerships would probably throw on a ton of dealer-installed crap to bring the MSRP to $23k.
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
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Although the new Insight will be loosely based on the Fit, it will measure in at 3 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the Fit.


One Honda insider told AutoObserver.com that the Insight’s fuel economy would be “insane”, with some Japanese sources predicting mileage as high as 71 mpg. Actually mileage will likely lower when it hits our shores, but the Prius-rival will likely achieve 50 to 55 mpg.
Sounds like they're doing to the Insight what Scion did to the xB (except the engine part)

Larger car = craptastic gas mileage.

I'll throw out my prediction of 47mpg EPA, which isn't that bad, though not as great as it could be.
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Sounds like they're doing to the Insight what Scion did to the xB (except the engine part)

Larger car = craptastic gas mileage.

I'll throw out my prediction of 47mpg EPA, which isn't that bad, though not as great as it could be.
It's still probably going to be lighter than the Prius. The Prius weighs in at almost 3000 lbs, the new Fit is just over 2500. Even with the addition of batteries, I don't see the new Insight being more than 2800 lbs. Add some aerodynamic tweaks, some low resistance tires....I think 50-55 is conceivable.

If it can match the Prius mpg at a lower price, I can't see it going wrong.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:23 PM   #6
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It's all in the driver. My past three cars have gotten much better than the EPA's rating. I don't think they should have revised their #'s because most people have a lead foot and stay on the gas right up to the traffic light.

Competition is good, and it will be exciting to see what Honda has up their sleeve.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:34 PM   #7
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Indeed. If there's one thing they excel at is squeezing a lot out of a little.

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Old 06-18-2008, 03:37 AM   #8
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LOL... Seriously, lets hurry up and get these fuel sippers on the road and lower the demand/gas price so I can enjoy driving spiritedly once again.

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