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Second generation Insight Hybrid

Third generation Toyota Prius
Honda readies its Prius-fighter

Honda has dabbled in hybrids before with the first generation Insight, the Accord Hybrid, and most recently with the second generation Civic Hybrid. However, neither model has been a runaway sales success like the overachieving Prius from Toyota -- both the original Insight and Accord Hybrid were eventually discontinued.

Now that the Detroit Auto Show is roughly a month away, Honda has officially pulled the wraps off its new Insight Hybrid which will go toe-to-toe with Toyota's wildly popular Prius. As we stated in our original article on the Insight Concept, the production model is little changed stylistically. The production Insight is wearing a smaller, less ornate wheel/tire package and the LED lighting from the concept appears to be gone.

According to Honda, the Insight will use a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. Honda also says that the Insight will feature fuel economy identical to the current Civic Hybrid which is rated at 40 MPG city and 45 MPG highway. The identical fuel economy numbers may be disappointing to some, but remember that the Insight is expected to retail for less than $19,000 while the Civic Hybrid starts at a loftier $23,550.

Honda expects to sell 200,000 Insights globally each year.

When the Insight finally does arrive in showrooms next spring, it will do battle with the third generation Toyota Prius. Photos of the Prius leaked to the internet in mid-October. Toyota later confirmed that the leaked pictures were indeed of the new Prius.



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If a "VTEC" sticker adds 20hp...
By UNCjigga on 12/3/2008 1:28:46 PM , Rating: -1
...then beating it silly with the ugly stick must add 20mpg?




RE: If a "VTEC" sticker adds 20hp...
By Xanthrick on 12/3/2008 1:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. Unfortunately the laws of aerodynamics come prepackaged with ugly sticks. *Sigh* and my physics professor said physics was beautiful... apparently he must be designing space ships.


By TETRONG on 12/3/2008 2:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
Ever hear of Kelly Johnson, or the Coanda effect?

"Physics is beautiful" is most likely referring to the eloquent and concise solutions typically being the most accurate. Gell-Mann speak if you will.
Here's the talk
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/murray_gell_man...


By andrinoaa on 12/3/2008 3:34:42 PM , Rating: 1
Why is everyone so gullible? Aerodynamics? Come on guys its a load of shit! They are just looking to minimise development costs. Same wind tunnel, same unimaginative engineers! You want aerodynamics, where are the flush wheels, cameras instead of mirrors and tear drop shape? All I see is an ugly clone.


RE: If a "VTEC" sticker adds 20hp...
By Spuke on 12/3/2008 5:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just aerodynamics. I've posted in previous discussions the aerodynamics of other vehicles that are close to the Prius but look MUCH better. Hybrid buyers are expecting the "hybrid look". This plays as great a part in design as aerodynamics and packaging.


By FITCamaro on 12/3/2008 2:20:35 PM , Rating: 1
Nah the new "VTEC" sticker for hybrids will be one with a cracked out bunny with the word "Energizer" on it.


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