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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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RE: No Insight whatsoever
By Spuke on 12/3/2008 4:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
The new 2010 Fusion Hybrid is supposed to get 5 mpg better in the city than the Camry Hybrid. It can also operate in all electric mode up to 47 mph. NONE of the current hybrids can do that. The expected range on this car is supposed to be 700 miles on one tank of gas!!!

RE: No Insight whatsoever
By walk2k on 12/3/2008 6:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
If Ford is still in business in 2010.

RE: No Insight whatsoever
By Nfarce on 12/3/2008 6:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
If Ford is still in business in 2010.

Oh don't worry, they will be - just like GM. American hard earned tax dollars confiscated by Washington politicians, both Democrat and Republican, will be ensure that.

Okay who's next up at the government watering hole? Corporate owned chain restaurants because people don't eat out as much any more? Corporate owned retailers because people don't shop as much? Hell, where's my car loan bailout? I demand my fair share of the pie!

RE: No Insight whatsoever
By foolsgambit11 on 12/3/2008 7:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
NONE of the current hybrids can do that.
Well, neither can the current Fusion. It's at least 9 months from release. What are the other car makers planning for the next year or two? (I'm just too lazy to do the research myself)

RE: No Insight whatsoever
By jhb116 on 12/4/2008 1:59:03 AM , Rating: 2
700 miles on a tank of gas - hmmmm - that's a long time to hold nature's call. Might have to carry an empty water bottle so I can drive that far without stopping. :)

RE: No Insight whatsoever
By Davelo on 12/4/2008 4:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
700 miles on a tank of gas - hmmmm - that's a long time to hold nature's call. Might have to carry an empty water bottle so I can drive that far without stopping. :)

The windshield washer tank has a hose going to the passenger compartment and doubles as a urinal. Only problem is your windshield develops a yellow tint. :)

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