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    2010 Honda Insight

    http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=792259



    Today at the Paris Auto Show the world will get its first full view of Honda's Insight Concept model, which shows the design direction that the new dedicated hybrid model will take.

    Honda has always intended Hybrid vehicles to be a bridge to a hydrogen powered future, the potential of which has already been demonstrated by the leasing of the first FCX Clarity.

    The Insight Concept has clear stylistic links to the world's first production fuel cell car, with both vehicles' forms shaped to maximise their aerodynamic efficiency and therefore reduce fuel consumption.

    The Insight Concept is the stylistic inspiration for the production version which will go on sale in 2009. From this unique position in the marketplace, Insight will open hybrid technology to a new generation of customers.

    Insight's cost savings are partly possible because processes have been continuously improved to make them faster and therefore more efficient. Honda engineers have refined many aspects of the production process to make them more efficient to perform to increase production capacity and plant efficiency.

    A cornerstone of the cost reduction is the refined version of Honda's award winning IMA system, combining an electric motor with a refined, low emission and efficient petrol engine. This petrol-electric engine and CVT gearbox together give low CO2 and NOx emissions, and also achieves inherently excellent refinement.

    Along with the Civic Hybrid, the new vehicle will be produced at Honda's Suzuka factory in Japan which recently has expanded hybrid motor production line.
    CO2 emissions and fuel economy are targeted to be at a similar level to the existing Civic Hybrid, giving drivers a flexible and highly practical lower environmental impact car.

    At its expected price point, Insight will have a unique combination of passenger space, luggage capacity, emissions and economy.

    The Insight will form the first part of Honda's new hybrid strategy, which will see a further dedicated hybrid model, derived from the CR-Z show car, and a hybrid version of the Jazz. The strategy will make hybrids both more accessible and more appealing to a range of customer types.

    The Insight Concept is the culmination of two decades of hybrid petrol electric hybrid research and development. The Insight production vehicle will go on sale in Europe, Japan and North America during the first half of 2009.


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    not too bad... i think they could make it look better. reminds me too much of the prius.... top work on the emissions side of things tho!

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    link to the pic.. dunno why it didnt work?

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    A few styling cues taken from the CR-Z concept, especially in the rear... I'm glad they killed off the whole covered back wheel idea, that was terrible.

    Looks ok, will appeal to who it's meant to, not my kind of thing.... but i do like the headlights
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    I don't mind it, but I don't care much for what it looks anyway, it's the way of the future.

    Automotive engineering should be left to geeky japs, not greedy americans, the former know how to make cars that are not only reliable, but also forward-thinking.

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    I see a lot of the old Insight in that, not that this is a bad thing. But it surprises me that they'd go out and make another one, after the last one was a dismal failure. And of course it would be, especially when you consider that it was nearly double the price of a normal Civic, which was faster and had more space. And as cool as this one looks, I must post the question - who will buy a hybrid coupe? I mean, look at the Prius sales; people who buy stand alone hybrids obviously don't care about what the car looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brash22 View Post
    ...And as cool as this one looks, I must post the question - who will buy a hybrid coupe? I mean, look at the Prius sales; people who buy stand alone hybrids obviously don't care about what the car looks like.
    They do care what the car looks like. It needs to look like a hybrid, so they can show off to everyone that they 'care' about the environment.

    I'm looking forward to the CR-Z though. Honda are developing a manual tranny for it (DSG would work best with regen braking- heres hoping). I think a hybrid coupe should be about using the electric motor to boost performance rather than any real environmental benefit.

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    it looks a little like the oddesy front
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    anyone else think these cars look near identical:
    Prius concept:


    Insight Concept


    You'd swear they're rolling out of the same factory....

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    ^shit they are the same!

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    Eeek, all ive got to say is, maybe the aerodynamics of the cars is ideal for hybrids?

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