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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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RE: Insight?
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2008 1:16:08 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, it's Honda's new hybrid.
Yes, everyone has been calling it a Toyota Prius ripoff stylistically.

It shares a lot in common (stylistically, especially up front) with the Honda FCX:

RE: Insight?
By surt on 8/5/2008 1:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's not like there's a lot of choice stylistically for the exterior. Bumpers legally have to be a certain size and height, you have to have a windshield large enough for the driver to see out of and have room to sit upright, and you have to have the same basic shape to minimize air drag. Cars with very high mpg ratings are going to look much more similar than cars of the past where that was not such a concern.

RE: Insight?
By 67STANG on 8/5/2008 2:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't really matter if it looks like a Prius... it's nearly $4,000 cheaper than a Prius. That's really enough to predict success.

RE: Insight?
By FITCamaro on 8/5/08, Rating: -1
RE: Insight?
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2008 4:05:24 PM , Rating: 5
The base price of a Prius is $21,500. If you're paying $30,000 for a Prius, you're either:

1) Buying a fully loaded model with dealer accessories tacked on
2) Paying some extremely high dealer markup or
3) An idiot

RE: Insight?
By Steve Guilliot on 8/5/2008 5:32:46 PM , Rating: 5
I bought my Prius almost 2 years ago before the crunch, fully loaded model, and it was $26.5k after discounts and haggling. Then, consider the $1500 tax credit. So, $25k.

I think today (2) is most likely, but that naturally leads to (3).

RE: Insight?
By Hiawa23 on 8/6/2008 9:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get the Prius or this car's body style. Can you not just put the body of a Corolla on the frame of the Prius cause they are ugly as hell, & before anyone says it, I understand that they may be heavier vehicles.

I have a 2006 Mitsu Lancer Ralliart that barely has 30,000 miles & a 1997 Honda Civic with 220,000 miles, there is noway I am buying another car anytime soon, no matter how much gas it gets unless I should win the lottery, but I have wondered & some guys were talking about it at work, why can't they take a Honda accord or Corolla or Lancer's body style & trim it, do whatever they need & put that on the Hybrid frame? Everytime I see the Prius on the road, ugly always pops into my head.

If that Honda Hybrid gets 71mpg, that should sell itself no matter what the car looks like. I like big speakers in my vehicles for nice sound & also wondered how much of a strain would amps & stuff put on the electrical system of these cars too.

RE: Insight?
By stryfe on 8/6/2008 12:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2006 Mitsu Lancer Ralliart

Obviously your taste in cars can't be trusted.

RE: Insight?
By daftrok on 8/7/2008 4:52:33 AM , Rating: 2
So you're saying that if someone buys this:

Their taste can't be trusted and someone buys THIS:

Frankly I feel that physically the Prius is a fugly machine. Then again it is a super efficient car. But then again there is THIS in the market:

So I'm going to say that he has a point and you're opinionated statement in car taste has no merit in this discussion.

RE: Insight?
By erple2 on 8/7/2008 8:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
You're posting pics of the 2008+ Mitsubishi car, not the 2006 version of the car. I'd agree that the newer 2008+ Lancer has a more interesting look, however... But I can't really say the same for the 2006- version of the car.

Link to the 2006 version...

RE: Insight?
By FITCamaro on 8/6/2008 7:19:23 AM , Rating: 3
Apparently questions about hybrid prices are not to be made.

"What about Germany's actions between 1939 and 1945?"

RE: Insight?
By Alexstarfire on 8/6/2008 8:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
That was hilarious.

RE: Insight?
By Spuke on 8/6/2008 11:46:01 AM , Rating: 3
Apparently questions about hybrid prices are not to be made.
When it comes to the environment, you are not supposed to question. You only question when it doesn't pertain to the environment.

RE: Insight?
By Braxus on 8/5/2008 2:43:27 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly when the second gen Prius first came out, I thought it looked like a 4-door version of the Insight.

Needless to say, The whole oval/teardrop shape is something all cars in the future will look like for better aerodynamics.

RE: Insight?
By mezman on 8/5/2008 3:13:29 PM , Rating: 5
Needless to say, The whole oval/teardrop shape is something all cars in the future will look like for better aerodynamics.

And we'll all have mechanized kitchens that will free housewives from the daily drudgery of meal preparation. We'll also have jet packs and vacation in bathyspheres on the ocean floor. Future designs will probably have fins too...

RE: Insight?
By FITCamaro on 8/5/2008 4:06:37 PM , Rating: 1
I would have to be a jetpack that runs on hydrogen or ethanol. Otherwise we're using gas which is evil.

RE: Insight?
By djc208 on 8/6/2008 6:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
Future designs will probably have fins too...

Sweet, that means my antique car will be in style again. Well, except maybe for the 6.8L V8 under the hood.

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