• Dec 3rd 2008 at 12:31PM
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Today we've given another glimpse of the production Honda Insight before it debuts next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Aside from the minor details (e.g., door handles and exterior mirrors) that go from concept stylized to production practical, the official photo reveals an Insight that looks nearly identical to the concept that was shown at the Paris Motor Show in October, and the Los Angeles Show two weeks ago. Honda is expecting to sell about 100,000 copies of the Priu... err, Insight in North America once it goes on sale in the spring of 2009 with a base price expected to come in below $20,000.


2009 Honda Insight Hybrid to Make World Debut at the North American International Auto Show

12/03/2008 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

The all-new 2009 Honda Insight hybrid will make its world debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The five-passenger, five-door Insight is expected to be the most affordable hybrid car available when it goes on sale in the spring of 2009.

The Insight is expected to have annual global sales of 200,000 units per year - approximately 100,000 in North America - and will utilize a new interactive, driver-focused fuel economy enhancement technology named the Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist™).

A leader in the development of cleaner, more fuel-efficient mobility products, Honda introduced to market the first mass produced low-emission gasoline vehicles; America's first commercially produced gas-electric hybrid car and the world's first EPA-certified hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX. In 2007, Honda was named "greenest automaker" by the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fourth straight time.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      vince demarco
      • 6 Years Ago
      This type of automobile along with the recent announcement by VW of their about to be introduced Diesel which is delivering 50 miles/gal AVERAGE! is another nail in the coffin of the once big 3 which are now the very little big 3.
      The 3 firms operating from Detroit have a proven FAILED BUSINESS PLAN.The recent estimate to keep them alive (no growth) is over 130 BILLION OF TAX PAYERS CASH. They have created a working BLACK HOLE where BILLIONS GO IN AND NOTHING COMES OUT. The bail out is nothing more than political pay back to the unions. Eventually,the workers will suffer since there is no positive solution to what they and the management have created.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Japanese manufacturers have always excelled at taking someone else's design, improving it technically, but making it more bland. When they resort to copying each other, this is the result.

      Cheaper, possibly better performance, even more boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how no one said nothing about the 3 bar grille on the Insight wich is just a scale version of the one in the Fusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're so right, we could argue about it all day and get nowhere. The point is that Ford didn't invent this type of grille. It's just because it's their latest corporate face why some people are acting as if it's some sort of Ford inspired innovation & no other manufacturer should dare use it on their vehicles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the 3 bar grille was first shown on the 427 Concept in 2003.

        FWIW, Honda's hybrid systems aren't all they are cracked up to be. Unless major changes were made and someone figured out a way to get IMA to power the car on batter power alone, I'd stick with Ford, Toyota and newer full hybrid GM/Chrysler systems
        • 6 Years Ago
        Scale matters. The fusion grille is too big.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, here's a 1982 Ford Granada Ghia with a three bar grille:


        We could have this argument all day long.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hideous, just hideous.

      I honestly can barely tell this apart from a Prius...a little originality wouldn't have killed them.

      If Ford wouldn't waste time and actually sell the Fiesta here and make a hybrid version, it would spank the Prius and the this photocopy of it.

      That's an actual cool looking car that could potentially be just as fuel efficient.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hoping they wouldn't recruit the Acura styling department for this one...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like it (I do admittedly have a slight bias towards Hondas). Way to go!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sidebar here, but did anyone notice the return to the flap-style door handles that Honda hasn't used since 2002? I wonder why, aero benefits? I'm only curious because it's merely a handle, but.. interesting nonetheless.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually yes....it allows for airflow to remain attached longer without going turbulent. Reduces drag.

        But looks bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks rinky dinky to me. It has a frail look compared to the concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hate the Autoblog comment system :-P
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Prius looks MUCH better...i also love the Prius Headlights.

      btw Honda...if you want to have any chance of beating the Prius....try not looking like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, it did get worse. The overall shape is the same, but the details somehow got lamer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Price is good, obviously the car itself is no big revelation since it looks just like a Prius.

      If this has two-mode system instead of the mild system of the previous Insight and current Civic, then it will be a huge deal in my mind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It uses the same system as all Honda's previous hybrids, just smaller and simpler, hence the lowered cost.

        Thank God the production model lost those ugly-ass wheels on the concept...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Better looking" Prius?

        It looks EXACTLY like a Prius. Yet somehow, more generic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Epyx: because a two-mode system is a bridge to plug-ins with some zero emissions range (like the Volt), and I want cars to move that direction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just remembered one more thing. Remember when Honda was saying 'no' to the Cheese Wedge-shaped car in that one commercial? lol they just made one.
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