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Old 12-29-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Honda Insight Hybrid JDM Brochure with Sporty Modulo Version Leaks into the Net





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Despite Honda's attempts to keep a tight lid on any information concerning the new Insight hybrid sedan, a set of scans from the official Japanese market model (JDM) brochure have been leaked online, two weeks before the car's worldwide premiere at the Detroit auto show on January 11. Honda had released a three-quarter front shot of the production version but the brochure scans give us our first glimpse of the 2009 Insight's more conservatively styled rear-end along with the hybrid's interior which remains for the most part unchanged compared to the Paris Show Insight Concept.
The brochure that was uploaded on the Honda enthusiast site called Temple of Vtec also reveals a picture of the Insight Modulo. For those wondering, Modulo is the name Honda gives to jazzed-up versions of factory-designed cars. The accessorized Insight pictured above features a sporty bodykit with a front spoiler that incorporates an extra set of (fog?) lights, side skirts, a rear apron and larger alloy wheels. Finally, we also learn from the leaked brochure that the JDM Insight will be offered in three trim levels, G, L and LS.

Another site called 'Insightman' posted a more detailed article with plenty of data sourced from an unnamed Japanese car magazine that supposedly gathered the information from a product preview meeting for Honda dealers in Japan. We've included the 'spec-sheet' of the JDM Insight below, but since it's unofficial info from an unnamed source, we wouldn't take it too seriously.

As for the information that Honda has verified up until now, the production Insight will be equipped with a mild hybrid powertrain developed from the one found in the Civic IMA, combining an electric motor with a small displacement petrol engine and a CVT gearbox. The Insight will go on sale worldwide in the spring of 2009 with U.S. prices said to start from around $18,000 to $19,000.

Scans Via: Temple of Vtec









Features common to all Japanese Insights:

  • Ecological Drive Assist System
  • multi-information display
  • full-auto air conditioner
  • projector-style headlights
  • remote-control body-colored external mirrors
  • tinted rear windows
  • security alarm
  • immobilizer (ignition system verifies chip in key)
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • solar-heat-reducing/noise-reducing glass
  • active front head-rests
  • tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • seat-height adjuster
  • three rear-seat head rests
  • flat-tire repair kit (the new Insight carries no spare tire)
The L model adds:

  • high-intensity discharge headlights with auto light control
  • turn signals in the external mirrors
  • leather steering wheel
  • rear speakers
  • front/rear arm rests
  • variable-speed windshield wiper
  • map light and luggage-area light
  • driver’s seat back pocket
The LS model adds:

  • 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • front fog lights
  • 7-speed paddle shifters
  • sun-shade tinted windshield
Optional accessories:

  • navigation system with 7-inch screen and hard disk drive (this system may also display additional fuel economy information and in Japan it may include a TV tuner and ECT, an electronic highway toll payment system)
  • Honda smart key system
  • side-curtain air bags
  • 15-inch aluminum wheel for L class
  • High-intensity discharge headlights
  • comfort view package plus rear window wiper
Body color options:

  • Spectrum while pearl (also a Civic hybrid color)
  • Milano red (also a Fit color)
  • Premium deep violet pearl (also a Jazz color, but not a US Honda color)
  • Crystal black pearl (also an Accord, Civic, and Fit color)
  • Polished metal metallic (also an Accord and Civic color)
  • Alabaster silver metallic (also an Accord and Civic color)
  • Brilliant sky metallic (also a Jazz color, but not a US Honda color)
Interior color options:

  • Blue
  • Warm gray
Other data:

  • Length 4390 mm (172.8 inches)
  • Width 1695 mm (66.7 inches)
  • Height 1425 mm (56.1 inches)
  • Wheelbase 2550 mm (100.4 inches)
  • Weight 1180 kilograms (2601.5 lbs)
  • Minimum turning radius: 5 meters (16.4 feet)
  • Engine type: inline 1339 cc SOHC 4-cylinder
  • Engine generates 88 horsepower @5800rpm and 12.3 kgm torque @4500rpm
  • IMA motor generates 14 horsepower @1500rpm and 9.4 kgm torque @500rpm
  • Japanese 10.15 mode fuel consumption test: 30.0 kilometers per liter (which is greater than 70 mpg, but the EPA tests will return lower numbers; the Toyota Prius rates 35.5 km/l or greater than 83 mpg in this test.)
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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this car looks much better compare to the toyota prius
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:38 PM   #3
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And suddenly I'm not feeling so bad about my Forester not living until this was released. By the time you option up to the level of equipment the Prius comes with with it's mid-range options, I think the price is going to be pretty close. And it sounds like it gets better mileage...
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:11 PM   #4
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hmm way hotter than the toyota cheese wedge.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:42 PM   #5
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I'm sold, I'll take it in white on bronze.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:33 AM   #6
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Default 2009 Honda Insight Hybrid: 23 New Photos of European-Spec Production Model

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Following an earlier leak of the Japanese-market model brochure, a new set of photos of the 2009 Honda Insight have been leaked into the net ahead of the hybrid car's premier at the Detroit auto show on January 11. Seen here in UK -and consequently, in European-specification, the new five passenger, five door Insight will go on sale on both sides of the Atlantic in the spring of 2009.

As is evident from the photos, compared to the Paris Show prototype, the production model's design has been toned down. Aside from the less sloppy roofline and smoothed out body creases, changes include the down-to-earth headlamps, mirrors and tail lamps, a less aggressively styled front bumper - grille assembly and an even less inspiring rear-end design.




Honda's Prius rival will be equipped with a revised version of the Civic IMA's mild hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with a small displacement petrol engine and a CVT gearbox. Unlike the Prius however, the Insight will not be able to run solely on electric power.


The Japanese automaker claims that the Insight will be the most affordable hybrid car in the market, making it accesible to a broader audience. Honda expects to sell around 200,000 units of the Insight per year, with half of those sales coming from North America.













http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2009/01...ew-photos.html


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Old 01-06-2009, 09:18 AM   #7
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such a misnomer... this car obviously wasnt built from much insight, if any at all.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:25 AM   #8
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even though its a sedan, it looks to be a helluva lot better than the crap prius.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:39 AM   #9
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Its a much smarter looking version of the prius.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #10
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I like the MSRP and how it undercuts the Prius, but stupid dealer markups will make this car easily sell in the mid 20s to compete with the new Prius.
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I like the MSRP and how it undercuts the Prius, but stupid dealer markups will make this car easily sell in the mid 20s to compete with the new Prius.
my guess is the base model is cheaper than the base prius, but options add up.
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this damn thing is still a sedan?

no hatch?


i'll pass


dumb move honda. thast why the prius sells better
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #13
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this damn thing is still a sedan?

no hatch?


i'll pass


dumb move honda. thast why the prius sells better
It's the same body style as the Prius. IMO, it's pretty much a hatch back.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:21 AM   #14
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this damn thing is still a sedan?

no hatch?


i'll pass


dumb move honda. thast why the prius sells better
than what, exactly?
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I like the MSRP and how it undercuts the Prius, but stupid dealer markups will make this car easily sell in the mid 20s to compete with the new Prius.
But you're assuming the Prius won't be marked up?
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than what, exactly?
prius sells better than the civic hybrid.



if you going to get a smaller car than it's nicer to have the hatch for the access.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #17
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prius sells better than the civic hybrid.



if you going to get a smaller car than it's nicer to have the hatch for the access.
Prius sells better for lots of reasons and the hatch is one of them. The civic hybrid is a total DOG (not that the prius is quick but there is a huge difference), the Civic can't run on pure electric - ever, the civic's batteries cut down the trunk space way too much, and for the money -vs- content -vs- gas mileage the EX is a better value proposition while the Prius has no direct comparable inside the Toyota lineup it is closer in size and content to the Camry than the Corolla and slides right in between the two price per feature wise.
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