• Aug 13, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of Honda Hybrid spy shots

Hybrids are hot and Honda is anxious to get in on the action that Toyota's been unable to fully quench with its Prius hybrid sedan. We expect to see the production version of Honda's new hybrid, which will apparently not be called the Insight, to debut in October at the Paris Motor Show. Fortunately, Honda won't make us wait too long to buy its new hybrid, as the five-door hatchback is rumored to show up in dealer lots by April of 2009. Toyota also plans on showing off its new third-gen Prius at the Detroit Auto Show in January, so it will be very interesting to watch these to tangle in the marketplace. Honda plans to undercut its rival in the pricing wars with its hybrid coming in at a base price of less than $19,000, a few thousand less than the larger Prius. Both models will use nickel metal hydride batteries (for now) as opposed to the latest lithium ion units in an effort to keep their costs down. Both should also score fuel mileage numbers somewhere in the 50-60 mpg range. For its part, Honda is planning to build 200,000 units of its new hybrid annually, with 100,000 earmarked for the U.S. Let the (fuel-saving) games begin!


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just can’t understand people's obsession with the sedan shape. The only more ridiculous car shape is the coupe. Beside being infinitely more practical, wagons and hatchbacks have better aerodynamics, a very useful thing when considering fuel consumption?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because wagons and hatchbacks are for women and homos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why must all hybrids be so freaking ugly! This thing looks like the limo version of a Prius. Which in and of itself looks like a dustbuster on wheels. Honda design FTW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      like a fish out of water....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I read somewhere that Toyota was considering adding hybrid to the Scion line or a smaller Prius hybrid to combat this car? Is that confirmed? I wonder what Honda will do to deal with the Prius directly, because while this sounds like a Prius fighter, the second Prius is going to wind up (based on early speculation) a bit larger, which may appeal to people not looking to buy a small car, but thinking the next Prius is large enough for their needs. As we've seen in the last week, small car interest has gone down (sales still up 11%) and interest in small CUVs and SUVs have gone up a bit, according to Edmunds. The size could be this car's achilles heel in America, unfortunately.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why the eff can't Honda build a normal looking car? That shape makes me puke.
      The Civics of the 90s had a low Cd and looked perfectly normal, so it's not as if Honda needs to hire some design engineers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Since you brought up earlier Civics, I should remind you the both first and second generation CR-Xs had this very same shape. The only difference is, this has 4 doors. If you puked then, you'll puke now because it's not like this is anything new. Expect to see more cars shaped like this. In 10 years, you won't even notice anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem Honda has is that its current hybrid (the Civic Hybrid) is just about as good as the Prius, but because it looks just like the normal Civic is gets completely ignored in the media. Therefore they are giving it an unusual shape to develop an image like the Prius has.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really hope they have better luck with this that they did with the Insight in North America. It's hard to top their already very efficient cars though to I can see why they aren't charging much of a premium for the hybrid (so far).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkswagen called, they want their nose back.

      If you chrome that, Honda, I'll be very disappointed.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh cool! Its just going to be an FCX Clarity with a hybrid drivetrain instead of Hydrogen. That makes SOO much sense. I wondered how they made the FCX look like such a finished production car even tho it was so low volume and this is how, its going to be the new hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that a Prius based mule with a random Honda/VW front bumper?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The perfect April fools joke. It's looks like a turd on wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Depends on who's turd you are comparing.
        I've had some tear drop shaped ones, even some with subtle rifling.

        Didn't even hear the plop.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A turd has more flame surfacing, and is less aerodynamically efficient.
        • 6 Years Ago
        but how many couric's was it?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Go to roadandtrack.com. com, and everybody's in denial:

      "The badge on the front is round like Toyota's." (LMAO) or
      "You can clearly see that the tires on the car are Dunlops. Honda OEM tires are supplied by Michelin. Dunlop is the OEM tire for Toyota. That's the 2010 Prius."
      *NOTE* The Civic Hybrid has Dunlops, also. Duh.

      But my favorite is: "This car is just as ugly as the Prius, and like the Prius, looks a lot like the Chevy Citation, one of the uglier cars ever to be mass prooduced"

      *OK that may be true, but the Prius' shape is one of the most aerodynamic shapes, so no doubt Honda would go in that design direction.*

      One more thing: Why does it look like they're using a tiny version of Ford's 3 bar grill?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it because Prius looks like cr@p the reason why its competitors should look even worse? what's with this monachal, excuse-me-I-am-breathing, fashion trend among hybrids?
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