Honda announced that the 2009 Insight hybrid will be priced below $19,000, meaning it will get the same fuel economy as the larger Civic Hybrid but will cost less ($23,500).
The Insight also will sport a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine and lightweight aluminum wheels, although it will drop the aluminum body panels used in the Insight’s earlier two-seat incarnation.
Honda President Takeo Fukui announced the details today while unveiling a concept version of the five-door, five-passenger hatchback at the Paris Auto Show. The revived Insight will cost less than the Civic Hybrid, thanks to cost cuts in its battery, motor and electronic control unit. Its fuel economy will mirror the Civic Hybrid’s, at 40 mpg city/45 highway.
Although the new Insight will undercut the current Prius’ pricing ($22,000), it does not beat the current Prius’ 48 city/45 highway millage. This becomes even more important as the 2010 Prius will likely widen the millage gap even further with better fuel economy. So the future hybrid champion may be decide by lower cost of better millage.
As officially announced few days ago Honda will unveil the Insight Hybrid Concept at the Paris Auto Show. The production version will go on sale on the U.S. showrooms in April.
Like the Prius, the new Insight will be a five-door, five-passenger hatchback. Honda will price it significantly below hybrids available today. From this unique position in the marketplace, the Insight will advance the affordability and accessibility of hybrid technology to a new generation of buyers.
It’s official; Honda will call its Prius fighter the Insight. The company revealed the first official images of its new gas/electric hybrid ahead of its October 2nd debut at the Paris Auto Show. Sales of the production Insight should begin in the U.S. by the spring.
The design of the five-passenger hatchback seems to share a bloodline with the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as well as the CR-Z concept hybrid. All three of these cars could possibly show the future of Honda’s design. Although Honda is still keeping the exact pricing a secret, the company says the Insight will come to market at a price significantly below hybrids available today.
Honda will follow-up the launch of the Insight with the introduction of the CR-Z. This is all part of Honda’s plan to make hybrid vehicles 10 percent of its total global sales. The goal is ambitious considering that Toyota’s new Prius and Chevrolet’s Volt will both be fighting for this same market within two years.
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The Honda Insight equipped with the innovative Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) was the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile to be sold in USA. IMA couples an all-new and compact 61 cui, 3-cylinder engine and an ultra-thin electric motor for outstanding efficiency. That combined with a rigid aluminum body structure and world-class aerodynamic design gives the Insight the ability to travel as far as 70 miles on a gallon of gasoline and still meet California’s stringent Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standard, making it the world’s cleanest, most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered automobile.
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