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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 raejae on 8/6/2008 12:35:18 AM , Rating: -1
So visually-impaired people are idiots now?

Yes, the nutjobs that don't know how to be aware of their surroundings deserve to become intimately familiar with the pavement, but I can pretty much guarantee that the impetus of the audio feedback was protection of the visually impaired, not the idiots.

Adding the noise that would normally be there anyway is not an intrusive protection.

RE: Insight?
By Alexstarfire on 8/6/2008 8:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
God.... why do the normal people get punished because of those who have disabilities. They are supposed to learn how to deal with it. In other words, mold to the world around them... not the other way around. Sure.. we have compromises, like wheelchair ramps, but you don't see us putting cowbells on people and speakers on walls just so the blind know where to go.

RE: Insight?
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/6/2008 9:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
Quite true.
People with disabilities should be helped by providing them better means to move around society, not by expecting every normal guy out there to be thinking that in any moment he could come across a blind person who doesn't hear his car coming.

Anyway new cars are silent enough to not be heard among traffic when they are running on just impulse (ie, gas pedal untouched, just slowly moving by inertia to a full, but gradual, stop).

So just to make a little fraction of people aware of otherwise silent cars, everyone else would have to bear with continuing to get deafer everyday because of added artificial car noise. Great.
This way the punishment for the disability of a few is to help accelerate the discomfort of everyone else.

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