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Hybrid Car Review: Honda Insight Unveiled in Paris

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Honda Insight Unveiled in Paris

The new Honda Insight is intended by Honda to compete directly with the Toyota Prius. Unlike the previous Insight, which could only seat two, the new dedicated hybrid hatchback from Honda seats five.

Honda Insight Concept
"For the long term, we believe fuel cell electric vehicle technology is the ultimate environmental solution. But to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide emissions in the near term, Honda believes the best approach is to advance hybrid technology to mainstream customers," Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of Honda told a press conference at the Paris Car Show.

"We are developing this vehicle to achieve excellent fuel efficiency on a par with the Civic Hybrid, but at a significantly reduced price. The new Insight is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a lightweight and compact 1.3 litre (gasoline) engine with a motor that will achieve excellent fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions," Fukui said, without revealing any data.

The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid is rated at 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. The 2009 Toyota Prius is rated at 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. Since the new Insight looks like the Prius, but is supposed to cheaper, it looks like Toyota will finally have some competition.

Fukui expects the Insight to sell up to 200,000 units a year starting on Earth Day, 2009. A hybrid CR-Z SUV and Fit will also be coming.

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Matt said...

Those are dreadful figures for the economic efficiency of the cars. My nine year old Diesel Passat (yes the good old oil burner) did 55mpg on a recent 450 mile run, with 2 people and a full load.
I don't see these hybrids as a great advance on what was there before.

Unknown said...

Comparing diesel to gasoline is always going to leave the diesel in the lead. But diesel has its drawbacks.

Hybrid cars let you do more with less. This new Insight, if the mpg figures stand up, is not an advancement in fuel economy since the Prius has a better rating. But it does, finally, give the Prius some real competition.

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