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Old 05-11-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Insight is best selling car...

... in Japan.

http://jalopnik.com/5248924/honda-in...g-car-in-japan

Honda Insight Hybrid Best-Selling Car In Japan





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For the first time ever, a hybrid vehicle is the best-selling car in Japan. But the champ is not the new Prius, but rather the newcomer 2010 Honda Insight. Green is big in Japan. Excluding Kei cars, the Honda Insight and Honda Jazz (Fit) took the top two spots with 10,841 units and 9,443 units, respectively. The Insight is just starting to show up on dealer lots here in the U.S., so we'll soon see if the cheap and modern-looking ecorider does as well on this side of the Pacific.
While I think the new Prius is WAY better looking on the outside than this Insight, I am sure the Honda is more fun to drive. And with great mileage and a very, very good price I am not surprised that it's selling well.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:31 AM   #2
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I went and test drove one. It's a slow car but it does drive pretty well. I'd rock one for a DD. $20k is a lot of money for a 2nd car though.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:55 AM   #3
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As for the Fit holding the number 2 spot, that is only because Ford of Japan does not offer the Fiesta.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:03 PM   #4
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Are there tax incentives for compact hybrids in Japan? I can understand how this would be an attractive car for someone who would otherwise drive a Kei car. Anyone else looking for a $20k compact car could probably spend their money better elsewhere. Awkward sentence is awkward.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:21 PM   #5
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I kind of like it more than the bland prius
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I kind of like it more than the bland prius
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:26 PM   #7
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I kind of like it more than the bland prius
Have you actually driven an Insight? It's all kinds of bland once you move beyond the blue stuff in the headlights and the halo behind the speedometer. If I'm going to buy bland, I'm going to at least buy the nice kind of bland that gets better mileage.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:35 PM   #8
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^ You do realize that "bland" is exactly what 90% of the people out there want.

While I can not attest to how bland this car really is - I haven't even see any on the road, let alone drive one - I think it might be the perfect car for a huge percent of the driving public. Point A to Point B is all most people want.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #9
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I saw one yesterday.
Thought it was a Prius.

Meh.
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:00 PM   #10
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^ You do realize that "bland" is exactly what 90% of the people out there want.

While I can not attest to how bland this car really is - I haven't even see any on the road, let alone drive one - I think it might be the perfect car for a huge percent of the driving public. Point A to Point B is all most people want.
i've walked over to a honda dealership locally and its a really nice car. I love the dash, its really simplistic. All the buttons are laid out really well in the cabin, especially the A/C stuff. For 20-24k, I wonder sometimes why buy something else if power isn't a huge factor? The car is incredibly well built with decent interior materials also
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:45 PM   #11
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i've walked over to a honda dealership locally and its a really nice car. I love the dash, its really simplistic. All the buttons are laid out really well in the cabin, especially the A/C stuff. For 20-24k, I wonder sometimes why buy something else if power isn't a huge factor? The car is incredibly well built with decent interior materials also
for $24k you can get a Prius with more room, more power, better MPG... I'm just saying.
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for $24k you can get a Prius with more room, more power, better MPG... I'm just saying.
Actually the Prius starts at $22,000 and the Insight starts at $19,800.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #13
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Actually the Prius starts at $22,000 and the Insight starts at $19,800.
actually, toyota lowered the price to $21k for the new 2010 Prius. $1200 spread over a typical set of car payments is basically a pittance for arguably a more advanced, larger, more powerful car with higher mpg to boot.
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actually, toyota lowered the price to $21k for the new 2010 Prius. $1200 spread over a typical set of car payments is basically a pittance for arguably a more advanced, larger, more powerful car with higher mpg to boot.
But, Toyota is only making very few of the $21k stripper Priuses. It will be nearly impossible to actually find one - it's just a ploy to lower the advertised starting price.
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But, Toyota is only making very few of the $21k stripper Priuses. It will be nearly impossible to actually find one - it's just a ploy to lower the advertised starting price.
and good luck finding a $19k insight.
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The dealer near me has 7 Insights for that price.
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The dealer near me has 7 Insights for that price.
$20,400-$23,700 around here.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:58 AM   #18
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actually, toyota lowered the price to $21k for the new 2010 Prius. $1200 spread over a typical set of car payments is basically a pittance for arguably a more advanced, larger, more powerful car with higher mpg to boot.
Assuming you drove 20k miles/year at $2/gal gas, it'd take you over 12 years to make that difference up in fuel mileage. Size is irrelevant to me as I don't regularly haul around more than two people and "more advanced" is a dubious, subjective assessment at best. IMO, the Insight is a much more entertaining car to drive than the appliance on wheels Prius. That would seal the deal for me right there.

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Have you ever tried ordering a car before? I assure you it's possible....
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Assuming you drove 20k miles/year at $2/gal gas, it'd take you over 12 years to make that difference up in fuel mileage. Size is irrelevant to me as I don't regularly haul around more than two people and "more advanced" is a dubious, subjective assessment at best. IMO, the Insight is a much more entertaining car to drive than the appliance on wheels Prius. That would seal the deal for me right there.



Have you ever tried ordering a car before? I assure you it's possible....
Good luck with that (former sales manager). You can negotiate a better price on an in stock car, period.
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Good luck with that (former sales manager). You can negotiate a better price on an in stock car, period.
That I don't doubt, but to say you can't find one of these under $20k is flat out wrong. I've shopped Hondas enough to know that if you really wanted a stripper model, you'd be able to find it in your area. It's not as if there's any shortage of Honda dealers - unless you live in BFE.
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:45 PM   #21
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I seem to be in the minority, but I fould the Insight to drive pretty crappy. The Fit was fun but a little too rough for me in my old age, 10 years ago I would have loved it. I drove the Prius last and it was by far the best of the group, I thought it was more fun than the Insight and much more comfortable and well thought out. Plus I didn't get why the Insight needs to run the gas motor to run the a/c. I got a Prius.
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With the Prius you can creep along with the electric motor in traffic, or waiting at fast food drive in. You can't do that with the Honda.
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Ugly cars, with little pleasure or personality, not my style . Have fun with the Hybrid.
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Funny story...
One of my tree-hugging friends was really excited to get one of those cars. she loved the interior and exterior of the car and she almost bought it without test driving it until I told her not to even think about buying car without a test drive.
so she test drove it and this is what she said "I just realized the MPG is not worth how boring and slow that car feels" I was .
she also mentoned the car was super loud!

She is getting a FIT.
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nvh carping, as is found in abundance in this thread, is the reason why modern cars are so overweight... (i'm not defending the 2010 insight in particular, just making a general observation.)
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