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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 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.

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