Honda Provides Official Insight

By Editors on December 3, 2008 2:14 PM

Honda has revealed the first images of the production version of its new Insight Hybrid, which will formally bow in at the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. While looking much like the concept seen at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, the volume-build version of this gas-electric sedan does have a few modest visual differences. While front fascia shape carries unchanged several elements are revamped, including a more open bar treatment in the main grille, new blackout mesh insert in the lower air intake and reshaped fog lamps. The Insight's mirrors and door handles also have transitioned from concept cool to more practical and user-friendly designs. Finally, the five-spoke alloy wheels on the one-off Insight have been replaced by arguably more handsome seven-spoke alternatives, but still remain shod with Insight-specific low-rolling resistance tires.

Fitted with the latest and lowest-cost version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system as well as the first application of the automaker's new EcoAssist driver-focused fuel-enhancement technology, Insight Hybrids are slated to arrive in dealers this spring and be priced under $20,000. Honda is projecting annual sales of 200,000 units for this mileage-maxing sedan, with half of that number destined for the U.S.