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2010 Honda Insight gets priced

Honda's Insight has been making the rounds here at DailyTech for quite some time. The vehicle first made an appearance as a concept car at the 2008 Paris Auto Show and was revealed in production form at the Detroit Auto Show.

Ever since the vehicle was first announced, Honda batted around the idea of releasing the vehicle in the U.S. with a price tag below $19,000. Today, however, Honda announced the official starting price of the Insight and it will actually be priced just below $20,000.

The 2010 Honda Insight LX will have a base price of $19,800 -- this compares to a $22,000 base price for the standard 2009 Toyota Prius. The next trim level is the Insight EX which will be priced at $21,300. Those that wish to have integrated GPS will have to part with $23,100.

The Honda Insight uses a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The vehicle is EPA rated at 40 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway.

The 2010 Honda Insight will face stiff competition from Toyota's third generation Prius. The 2010 Prius will launch later this year and will have an EPA combined rating of 50 MPG.

It is not known if Toyota will lower the price of entry of the new Prius to combat the Insight in the U.S. It's possible that Toyota may take a page from its Japanese strategy and offer the current Prius at a lower price and maintain the 2010 model as a "premium" offering.



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RE: Cool
By dgingeri on 3/10/2009 3:09:05 PM , Rating: 3
3 things to think about with a Volt vs other hybrids:

1. the warranty is 10 years/100k miles, including battery costs. In that time, you will spend the difference just in replacing batteries.

2. GM is also paying for models that they would like to retire, since they actually end up costing the company money instead of making a profit, but the UAW threatens strikes if they hint at retiring them.

3. GM is also paying for mandatory UAW retirees' benefits, allowing them to graduate at 58 with 80% of their pay.

So, if you support the overpowered union way of life, make sure and buy American.


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