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2010 Honda Insight  (Source: LeftLane News)
Fuel economy is rumored to be around 71 MPG

To many in America, the hybrid car is nearly synonymous with the Toyota Prius. In fact, many think that the Toyota Prius was the first hybrid car sold in America. Those who believe the Prius was first are very wrong.

Honda first brought the hybrid vehicle to the U.S. with its Insight, which was far from a sales success. The Insight sold only 2,000 units in 2005 and in 2006 -- its last year of production -- Honda only moved 1,000 Insights.

LeftLane News reports that Honda is gearing up to bring the Insight hybrid back as a 2010 model. The new Insight will use a 1.3-liter Integrated Motor Assist system that is similar to the one found in the current Honda Civic Hybrid. DailyTech reported in July of 2008 that Honda has refined its hybrid system and that future versions would be 50% less expensive to build than the current system.

The Insight will use the new, refined hybrid system. Thanks to the cheaper hybrid drive system LeftLane News reports that the new 2010 Insight will sell for $18,500 -- significantly cheaper than the Toyota Prius. The new Insight is based on the Honda Fit, though reports say that it will be three inches longer and about one inch wider than the Fit.

Fuel economy for the Insight is reported to be as high as 71 miles per gallon. If the Insight fuel economy comes anywhere close to that number at the $18,500 MSR, Honda will have a hard time keeping up with the demand for the Insight when it hits Honda showrooms in mid or late 2009.

Honda says it will build 200,000 Insights annually and expects to sell half of that amount in America. The Insight seen in the photo here is a development car; the car is expected to be officially introduced at the Paris Motor Show or the L.A. Auto Show.



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Duct taped
By AnnihilatorX on 8/5/2008 1:16:04 PM , Rating: 1
I hope the car in that photo is a pre-production test vehicle :)
No matter how cheap it is, it won't sell with duct tape all over its hood/bonnet and headlamps.




RE: Duct taped
By therealnickdanger on 8/5/2008 1:24:45 PM , Rating: 5
Obviously you need to watch more Red/Green. Duct (duck is equally acceptable) tape is man's best friend. I wager that not only would plastering the front end of your car with duct tape increase mileage, but also horsepower and torque. Applying it to your seats would also give you a plush faux-leather appearance. Don't forget, duct tape comes in a variety of colors to best match your vehicle's exterior and interior.


RE: Duct taped
By thornburg on 8/5/2008 2:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Obviously you need to watch more Red/Green. Duct (duck is equally acceptable) tape is man's best friend. I wager that not only would plastering the front end of your car with duct tape increase mileage, but also horsepower and torque. Applying it to your seats would also give you a plush faux-leather appearance. Don't forget, duct tape comes in a variety of colors to best match your vehicle's exterior and interior.


The really funny thing is that it actually does improve mileage and performance...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=nascar+duct+t...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=duct+tape+gri...


RE: Duct taped
By nugundam93 on 8/5/2008 4:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
true, true. top gear has done that too two instances that i can recall off the top of my head:

1. on an 90's model E-class benz to make it go faster.
2. nadine schmidt trying to make the ford transit go faster than a jaguar on the nurburgring after she had a bet with jeremy.

duct tape ftw!


RE: Duct taped
By mmntech on 8/5/2008 2:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
You can also use it to tape two car halves together for an economical all-wheel drive vehicle. lol. I miss that show.

At least the new Insight is slightly better looking than the original. The first one was ugly on four wheels. Not as bad as the Element though.


RE: Duct taped
By mvpx02 on 8/5/2008 2:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
"If it can't be fixed with Duct Tape, it ain't worth fixin." :D


RE: Duct taped
By SoCalBoomer on 8/5/2008 1:32:06 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The Insight seen in the photo here is a development car.


RE: Duct taped
By cblais19 on 8/5/2008 1:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
Also, that is probably masking to hide the lines of the car, standard practice for pre-production cars to prevent the actual shape from getting out before the company wants to release it.


RE: Duct taped
By teldar on 8/5/2008 1:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
I believe that was what those of us with a sense of humor call "A Joke".
Could be wrong though...


RE: Duct taped
By Totally on 8/5/2008 6:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it's what we, those with a sense of humor, call a bad joke. bad joke = not funny


RE: Duct taped
By Spuke on 8/6/2008 3:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was funny too.


RE: Duct taped
By an0dize on 8/5/2008 2:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
It is used to obscure certain features of the car... It's a pre-production prototype.


RE: Duct taped
By Carter642 on 8/5/2008 4:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's all clever disguise work. If you see the rest of the spy pics the test car is traveling with a bunch of prius'. The 'Prius' rear is really just foam and vinyl extending from the end of the hatch, as is the imitation prius front bumper.


RE: Duct taped
By speedfreak365 on 8/5/2008 5:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
Thats NOT an Insight or whatever. Thats a new Honda City due to be released in Asia this year. Manufactured in Thailand and India.

If this "scoop" is based on just this one picture then you're going to be dissapointed.


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