Mix of Prius and FCX Clarity and for an excellent price too [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Honda_Insight-II.jpg[/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.