The Insight-II is finally revealed

Discussion in 'Honda Hybrids' started by xcel, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Mix of Prius and FCX Clarity and for an excellent price too :)

    [xfloat=left][/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 4, 2008

    Insight-II – Fuel Economy is estimated to be > 50 mpgUS on highway per the 08 EPA test cycles. Expect the lower front fascia to be cleaned up a bit as well…

    Honda will reveal a version of its new Insight-II hybrid vehicle at the 2008 Paris International Auto Show on October 2. The Insight shares styling cues with the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle and will provide a look at the highly-anticipated five-passenger global hybrid vehicle.

    On sale this coming spring in the US, the all-new Insight-II will come to market at a price significantly below hybrid vehicles available today making the Insight not only affordable but needed.

    "The original Honda Insight pioneered hybrid technology in the U.S. and remains a symbol of Honda's commitment to innovative technology and fuel efficiency," said Takeo Fukui, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. CEO. "This new Insight will break new ground as an affordable hybrid within the reach of customers who want great fuel economy and great value."

    The Insight-II defines a new stage in the evolution of hybrid technology by utilizing a more cost-efficient version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist™ (IMA™) hybrid technology, resulting in a new level of affordability for hybrid customers worldwide. With styling cues from the Prius and first seen in the FCX Clarity, the Insight-II is designed with a low center of gravity and a five-passenger cabin. While the Insight-II aerodynamics reveal its fuel efficient purpose, its five-door access and folding rear seats show functionality above and beyond any hybrid Honda has released in the past.

    Insight-II in its full glory.​

    Honda achieved a significant cost reduction in Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) components which should make Insight-II the most affordable hybrid vehicle to date. The production Insight will be offered as a five-door, five-passenger hatchback. Numerous technologies, including a function to assist customers in achieving more fuel efficient driving habits, will be applied to achieve a further improvement in real world fuel efficiency. With a rumored $18,500 price tag, the new hybrid vehicle will represent the best value in the compact and mid-size hybrid segment. The new vehicle will be produced at an expanded hybrid vehicle production line at the Suzuka factory in Japan.

    The Insight is expected to have annual global sales of 200,000 units per year - approximately 100,000 in North America. Following the launch of the new Insight, Honda also plans to introduce another unique sporty hybrid vehicle based on the CR-Z, first shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. All together, Honda's global sales of hybrids should increase to approximately 500,000 units a year, or more than 10 percent of its total worldwide annual automobile sales.

    Insight-II next to its brethren the FCX Clarity and behind that, the CRZ concept.​

    The original Insight was introduced in December 1999 as America's first gas-electric hybrid car and was the first vehicle to break the 100-mpg fuel economy barrier for drivers around the world.
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  2. lamebums

    lamebums Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    To Honda:

    Please, please make it a manual with some decent gearing. For once.
  3. Robert Lastick

    Robert Lastick Well-Known Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    Amen, brother Lamebums, Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    I'll take the one in the back.
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    The CRZ? It's a hot looking car, isn't it? :)
  6. bnther

    bnther Well-Known Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    I second that, but I want mine in blue.
  7. Arroba

    Arroba Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    I hope the lower price is a sign of a small engine, like the 1.2-1.4 liter I4 that's used in the european Jazz.

    This car is great news and I can't wait to learn more about it. Did Honda confirm the folding rear seats?
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    Folding seats is mentioned in the official press release. :D
  9. koreberg

    koreberg Junior Member

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    Wake me up when they combine this with a diesel.
  10. nissynis

    nissynis NC Attorney

    Re: The Insight-II is finally shown

    So, with EPA at 50MPG, what can we expect to get on it? 70MPG? I hope it has room for car seats. I'm buying this car, as soon as I can. Even if it doesn't have a manual, which would kill me to do, but I've got to go hybrid.
  11. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

    I'm looking forward to test driving this car. I looks like Honda has done a great job with it.
  12. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    Boy am I glad I own a little bit of Honda stock!!!
  13. Wingmn

    Wingmn Member

    I might actually have to get on the waiting list for this one. Do you guys think Toyota will lower the price of the Prius when the Insight II is released?
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A few more pieces…
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  15. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Either that or file patent infringement!
  16. Indigo

    Indigo Witch with wry sense of humor

    Wow... this is such a pretty car. If it gets 50 MPG, I'd take it over a Prius any day.
  17. shifty35

    shifty35 Well-Known Member

    If it's not capable of 70 mpg highway, it would be a colossal disappointment. I'm sure it will be able to at *least* match the HCH-2, which has been demonstrated at 70-80 mpg via SAHM.

    I'd expect that the engine is, at most, the 1.3L Civic Hybrid plant. Hopefully a touch smaller.

    I wouldn't hold my breath for lean burn OR a 5-speed.

    But, a 5-speed should help make it dramatically cheaper vs a CVT. Maybe that's the key to the low base price?
  18. hazeldazel

    hazeldazel Well-Known Member

    I soooo want this car, DH and I are seriously looking at getting one in the Spring. Of course the one in the back looks sssssssssmoking hot but I'm betting so is the sticker price.

    Can't wait!
  19. hhooks

    hhooks Well-Known Member

    This looks tempting, depending on the actual EPA numbers, but like others here, the CRZ looks even more so. I wonder whether the CRZ will have a smaller engine and even better FE numbers because of its smaller size and the absence of the need to haul backseat passengers. When is CRZ coming?
  20. Thumper

    Thumper Well-Known Member

    Sign me up the CRZ model too!

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