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Honda Insight to Make Return in 2010 at $18,500

Both Honda and Toyota showed the auto industry that it could be done with the Insight and Prius. Unlike the Toyota solution, however, which is now the top selling hybrid in the U.S., Honda had to put its Insight from market for a rethinking.

Honda’s current fuel-miserly vehicle is the Civic Hybrid – which while good of fuel – isn’t designed from the ground-up for hybrid cleverness.

Enter the 2010 Insight, Honda’s return to the specialized hybrid segment to do battle with the Prius. A concept version of the upcoming car will be on display at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October. And in typical Honda fashion, the concept vehicle should be a close representation of the final model.

Unlike the old Insight, which was a two-seater, the next-generation car will be a five-door, five-passenger compact hatchback, with a shape that’s not completely dissimilar to the Toyota Prius. What the new Insight will retain, however, is the gasoline and battery tandem power sources.

According to the press release, new will be a “driving support function that helps drivers make the most of its exceptional fuel economy to achieve more efficient, environmentally responsible driving,” which might be programs to curb lead-footed drivers.

The first of the new Honda Insights should be appearing in spring 2009. Best of all, it’s expected to go for $18,500, making it easy on the wallet and the environment.

  • velo116
    I'm assuming you mean "pull" the car from the market, and good "on" fuel, rather than "put" and "of," respectively. :-)

    I wonder if that $18,5 price is stripped down or if it has an air and power package. Otherwise, I wish I could have waited a few years to get a car.
  • Has it occured to anyone on the hybrid kick that in every annual report covering every new car in every segment looking for the lowest over-all costs that hybrids don't even enter the top 10 until 7 or 8 dollars a gallon for gas. what a gimmick... number 1: chevy aveo. if you're bent on being green though, at least know that in the end you save no green (dollars.)
  • WheelsOfConfusion
    While a lot of people want hybrids under the assumption that they'll save money on gasoline, and the auto industry is in no hurry to disillusion them, the real reason to get a hybrid as a new car is to reduce emissions and the total consumption of fossil fuels a person/family uses. Also, proving that there's a strong market for hybrid vehicles will nudge car makers into developing other technologies, hopefully including battery-electric.
  • Nelson_nel, that's not the case. Check out this month's Consumer Reports, which gives a review of true 5-year ownership costs of all cars, taking into account maintenance and depreciation as well as fuel costs. Prius was number one in it's segment (mid-size I think-- not compact).
    I love my Prius but ultimately we'll be moving to electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The 2004-2010 hybrids are just getting the door open and getting people used to the idea of reducing oil use, and it's been working extremely well. Now the electrics and plug-in hybrids are starting: Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma on the high end, and in the cheaper segments Aptera in 2009 then Chevy Volt and Plug-in Prius in late 2010/ early 2011-- by which time Project Better Place will already have people driving cheap electric vehicles all over Israel, Denmark and (if negotiations continue to go well) Hawaii. Meanwhile hopefully city buses will continue to move toward fuel-cell power as they have been doing in Europe on a trial basis. Combine all that with a new president instilling a little positive vision toward getting us off oil, and we'll get at least off mid-east oil within a decade.
  • captaincharisma
    well i say good luck to ya when you have to replace the battery in that prius when it will cost more than the car