In early September, DailyTech first brought you news of Honda's new Insight Concept Hybrid. With the demise of the original, two-seat Insight hybrid vehicle, the new concept marks Honda's second foray into a hybrid-only vehicle design.
Honda previously stated that Toyota's Prius gained fame and huge sales numbers due to its unique shape compared to other vehicles on the road. Honda's Civic Hybrid is often overlooked because of its plebian styling which is shared with the standard Civic -- the new Insight aims to change this, however.
Unfortunately for Honda, aerodynamics play a huge part in designing an ultra-fuel efficient vehicle, so the new Insight looks remarkably similar in its overall design theme to the already slippery Toyota Prius. This detail was noticed by many when the first pictures of the Insight were released, but was further confirmed when new shots showing the rear of the vehicle were revealed.
The new Insight is also very close in external dimensions to the Prius and is within three inches in all directions.
Honda confirmed that the production Insight will use a 1.3-liter gasoline engine paired with a next generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. Honda cost-reduced its latest IMA design in order to bring the Insight to the U.S. with a sub-$19,000 price tag. For comparison, Toyota's Prius starts at over $21,000.
Other new information revealed at the Paris Auto Show is that the new Insight will have fuel economy ratings identical to the Honda Civic Hybrid – 40 MPG city, 45 MPG highway (for comparison, a Prius gets 45/48). The identical fuel economy ratings to the Civic Hybrid with its more conventional shape, however, may raise some eyebrows as to the efficiency of the Insight’s aerodynamic shape.
Honda expects to sell 200,000 of its next generation Insight globally each year.
quote: People (yuppies) like the Prius because it looks like a hybrid.
quote: Audi's are kinda that in-between car that says "I am arrogant but have enough sense not to destroy my wallet just to prove a point. ...
quote: The second type of person is someone that just doesn't feel like spending that much money on gas anymore and realizes that despite the higher price tag, in the long run it saves money.
quote: Yuppies drive BMWs and Mercedes. Audi's are kinda that in-between car that says "I am arrogant but have enough sense not to destroy my wallet just to prove a point.
quote: The Prius is .29.
quote: more interesting is the G35 Sedan which has a CD of 0.29
quote: has the advantage that it comes with rear seats in which someone would actually want to sit in.
quote: Well, the original post was that you could have a good looking car, and still keep a low CD.... in my opinion the G37 and G35 are a couple of the best looking cars on the road.
quote: It just points out how the looks are very subjective.
quote: What's with the wannabe VTEC stickers on the back doors that say Prius on them?
quote: How about show us your ride and tell us how many MPG you are getting?
quote: I could bash you all day long for wasting your money on that car but why?
quote: You need to understand that other people (not you but much like you), have those same traits.
quote: So, why did you bashed the Prius?
quote: That is exactly why I asked to show their rides. I want to see what their taste in car because they obviously dislike mine. If they are ashame to tell their MPG, at least tell us their horsepower number, etc...
quote: I posted info that let him know that the Prius' design was not necessary to achieve a good aerodynamic shape. There was no bashing. I got my CD info from a few websites that were incorrect.
quote: Actual owners DO desire a certain look for their hybrid cars.
quote: a used car with good gas mileage would have saved you a LOT more as the price difference could have been applied to buying gas. HOV lane? Carpool dude.
quote: you should be doing it anyways
quote: Chrome is just the icing on the cake. Of course, the cake is averaging 52 MPG. How about show us your ride and tell us how many MPG you are getting?
quote: I have 17" rims on my Prius and I think it is the best looking car on the road and has low aerodynamic 0.26 Cd.
quote: Is the interior stock? I didn't know the Prius came with that wood trim as an option.
quote: That's nothing interesting because even the Camry gets 0.27 Cd.
quote: Have you ever been in the Prius rear seat?
quote: .28 actually
quote: The G35 sedan had more room
quote: When and how will G35 pay that $10k premium?
quote: When and how will you pay YOUR $5k premium?
quote: Name a car with those options and cost only $18,000 that you want to compare to.
quote: taxpayer-funded $3,150
quote: Definitely not rear leg room.
quote: The Prius felt like I was in the back seat of a Cobalt. Somewhat cramped and uncomfortable.
quote: If you can not tell 4 inches difference in leg room, I am not saying anything anymore.
quote: You're forgetting weight
quote: This car is ugly. And so is the Toyota it copies.
quote: You better get used to it because this is the shape of future cars.
quote: The only reason those cars are shaped that way is because the their customers want that look.
quote: Once this tech makes it to other segments, you'll see varying shapes like you do now.
quote: LOL. Go tell that to those waiting for a Volt and see their response.
quote: The most popular happens to be Prius because of the functionality of the hatchback utility.
quote: The most popular happens to be the Prius because it has the hybrid look. Do some research dude. There has been research on this with actual owners.
quote: You better get used to it because this is the shape of future cars.
quote: I'd go buy one of the following:
quote: Maybe... those TV advertisements really works!
quote: I find them very appealing to the eye.
quote: Why did you buy your car?
quote: The complications from the added parts from the hybrid system outweigh the simplicity of anything it eliminates.
quote: You'd think if this was such an important factor that non-hybrid cars would use dynamic braking (like regenerative but sends electricity to bank of resistors and a fan dissipates waste heat)
quote: It takes alot of energy to produce heavy, metal batteries from rare materials mined deep, and then ship them halfway across the world.
quote: Prius never has made much financial sense
quote: Of course some dealers do markups, what I am saying is that Honda wont allow a standard model like this to be marked up an extra $10,000
quote: This car can easily go over your standard US highway speed limit, so who's slow again?
quote: Because factory top line Honda's hold their value (Type-R anyone?) due to their limited numbers
quote: Don't why you'd even spend $25,000 on such a slow car.
quote: When it comes down to it, it really is just a tuned-up Civic.
quote: Honda wont allow that on a std model.
quote: Apparently it's some fantasy Fairyland where the government doesn't regulate industries in terms of the safety and public health effects of their products.
quote: Continuing to build gas guzzling trucks and SUVs is their problem.
quote: It was a problem because the profit margin on the SUVs was so obscene they spent a lot of marketing dollars to drive and sustain the SUV trend. Effectively, they created a SUV-buying bubble, a bubble which has now burst stranding them with a lot of excess SUVs in inventory. (Course you could also argue that if SUVs had been more realistically priced, the lower price would've led to as many if not more of them being sold.)
quote: Healthcare only accounts for $1500 per vehicle.
quote: It's the managements decisions that's the problem.
quote: The MPG being 42 vs 45 isn't that big of a deal...
quote: 40 MPG city, 45 MPG highway (for comparison, a Prius gets 45/48)
quote: Honda isn't copying the Prius here. Take a look at the FCX Clarity. This new car is clearly a derivative of the work that went into that (in terms of body work).
quote: Secondly, hybreds' fuel advantages generally come in city driving
quote: As Im from UK. I dont really understand the US MPG stuff.
quote: Honda is absolutely notorious for copying Mercedes Benz