Over on its Japanese site, Honda is currently teasing three upcoming hybrids, including an exclusive Insight hatchback dubbed – are you ready for this? – Insight Exclusive.

A formal announcement from Honda regarding the trio of hybrid is expected to come soon. In the meantime, here's a bit info we've gleaned from Green Carview's report: The mini-minivan Honda Freed will soon get the hybrid treatment and two gas-electric versions will emerge: the five-passenger Freed Hybrid and the seven-passenger Freed Spike Hybrid. Both versions will feature Honda's 1.5-liter iVTEC four-cylinder engine and the automaker's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild hybrid setup.

Moving on to the Insight Exclusive, word is this will also feature Honda's 1.5-liter engine and IMA system and come equipped with "specialized" exterior and interior bits deserving of that Exclusive title. The Insight Exclusive will reportedly launch in Japan sometime this fall.


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      Levine Levine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid Honda is still trying to force-feed IMA, a POS when compared to Toyota's True Hybrid, to consumers. During the last decade, sales of the Prius is approaching 3million while the Insight hasn't reached one million. Despite the writing on the wall, the fools in Honda are insisting on IMA. Mark my words. These three Honda IMA vehicles are DOA.
        uncle_sam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Mercedes uses a mild hybrid setup in the s400 BMW uses a mild hybrid setup in the 7series. hyundai uses a beefed up ima like system. look at the new 2012 civic hybrid. thanks to the liion battery and much bigger motor it can use ev power much longer.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      sooo... not green. as usual
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius is too small, and Leaf is too ugly, so when I test drove this car today, I looked through the options and put a deposit on the ugraded “L” package. Smooth ride with lots of room allowed me to make a guilt free upgrade from my current 30mpg mini van. Got keyless enty/keyless drive, power electric sliding side doors, upgraded GPS/DVD/TV with a free replacement in two years. Paid extra for the hybrid which should pay off because keep my cars for a long time. I live in Japan so this makes sense. Probably too small for the American market, but for the narrow roads here, it’s perfect. There was a line of customers waiting to take this out for a spin.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This posting was for the Freed, Spike Hybrid in case that isn't clear from the review.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Least Expensive Hybrid you can get in America. Most Bang for the Buck. Time to dress it up and make more profit.
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is my Prius C competitor? Can you please bring back the 2 seater 1.0L 3-cylinder IMA setup with a 5-speed manual gear box that gets 70mpg+ all day.