• May 14th 2007 at 7:34AM
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Hot on the heels of Toyota's announcement that they'll be streamlining hybrid production and offering every vehicle in its lineup with the gas-electric option, a Honda sales exec has confirmed that beginning in mid-2009, a new hybrid will be launched.

Production is expected to be around 200,000 per year, which is a substantial sum considering that Toyota's popular Prius sold 186,000 units across the globe in 2006. The pricing of the yet-to-be-named Honda hybrid is planned to be below the current Civic hybrid and styling will supposedly be heavily influenced by the Remix concept that debuted in LA last November.

In the same Automotive News article, Ken Keir, managing director of Honda UK, said that production of a hybrid sports coupe is forthcoming and it won't look anything like the Small Hybrid Coupe concept that was unveiled in Geneva. To quote Keir, "... it will be much more like the Remix sporty small car concept show at the Los Angeles auto show in November – although the design has already moved on a lot since then." Considering the Small Hybrid Coupe concept was met with (ahem) less than glowing reviews, such styling revisions bode well for this new Honda.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      wtf? That looks nothing of what I'd imagine a next-gen Insight to look like. It looks like, ohmygosh, a completely new car! Which, incredibly, the article says that it's going to be! Thanks for attempting to read Matthew, but you fail.

      I think that concept looks OK...maybe a 6/10 in my books, but it's nothing special, so I'm hoping that it actually did change quite alot.

      If by entry level, they mean something that's cleaner and gets about 35 mtg, then I think it might make their hybrids way more popular.

      I just remember that when I drove the Civic Hybrid that it had a rediculous amount of kick and was very fun to drive. Way more than it should have for its miniscule engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Next generation Insight anyone? The last one was butt-ugly and from the looks of this thing, I don't expect any better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Toyota announcement was probably just boasting; I'm surprised Autoblog is taking it so seriously.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This isn't a hybrid concept. It wa shown as a possible sucessor to the CRX.

      The next generation Inight (if they make it) will have design cues similar to the original.
      • 8 Years Ago
      See what the American Auto Industry gives us - old trucks laden with options to talk young girls to drive
      And the formerly upstart Japanese car industry
      Where does it put it research dollars ?
      The auto executives of the us and the union leaders should be shot
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, that thing was a turd. I don't know how it left the design studio in that state. I love the little Ford grill hanging out there like a buck tooth and the fact that not a single design element relates.
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