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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 goz314 on 8/5/2008 3:42:20 PM , Rating: -1
If you're too stupid to look both ways before walking out into the street, you deserve the consequences.

What if that person is blind and is crossing at a marked cross walk? Do they deserve the consequences of being hit by a motorist that isn't paying attention or is blatantly breaking traffic laws out of ignorance or avarice? I suppose the consequences would be just as serious for the driver of the vehicle in that case, and would come in the form of a hefty fine, a lawsuit, or jail time.

RE: Insight?
By FITCamaro on 8/5/2008 4:04:17 PM , Rating: 5
Drivers are required to yield at a crosswalk. Big difference between someone walking out into the street. Blame the driver then, not the vehicle. That kind of accident will likely happen regardless of whether the person is blind.

RE: Insight?
By mindless1 on 8/5/2008 7:47:17 PM , Rating: 1
I don't think you are seeing the point which is not to place blame but to keep people from getting killed. A blind person that hears the car coming at least has a chance if they can hear the noise approaching rapidly.

I'm not suggesting it should be audible to us though, but a system where it creates a radio signal which a blind person can hear through a variable intensity receiver might be fair. It might also be useful for proximity detection for future crash avoidance systems in cars, or at least a suppliment to optical or self-generated detection type sensing.

RE: Insight?
By Spuke on 8/6/2008 12:50:05 PM , Rating: 2
A blind person that hears the car coming at least has a chance if they can hear the noise approaching rapidly.
Blind people usually have dogs.

RE: Insight?
By mindless1 on 8/8/2008 10:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
Correct me if I'm wrong but dogs have ears too?

RE: Insight?
By Spuke on 8/11/2008 11:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
They hear MUCH better than we do and likely would hear the car coming before a human would.

RE: Insight?
By mindless1 on 8/13/2008 1:25:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, all the more significant it is then to have audible, yet unobtrusive, warning systems.

RE: Insight?
By jconan on 8/6/2008 4:08:35 AM , Rating: 3
in CA, here's the CA Vehicle Code regarding pedestrians...

California Vehicle Code Section 21950

Legal Research Home > California Lawyer > Vehicle Code > California Vehicle Code Section 21950

(a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to
a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or
within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise
provided in this chapter.
(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of
using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly
leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path
of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a
marked or unmarked crosswalk.
(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any
marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall
reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to
the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of
the pedestrian.
(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from
the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian
within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an

RE: Insight?
By Oregonian2 on 8/6/2008 2:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't checked the local laws lately, but way back when I had to know that stuff, they said pedestrians had the right of way in two situations:

1. - When they have the right of way
2. - When they don't.

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