Honda Insight Returns in Paris
By KBB.com Editors on September 4, 2008 11:36 AMIn 1999, Honda released the Insight, the first modern hybrid car available in the U.S. The two-door, two-seater hybrid achieved an amazing 70 mpg, but the Insight was discontinued after the 2006 model year as consumers went for the more practical Civic Hybrid, which has battled the Toyota Prius tooth-and-nail for several years now. Soon Honda will have a new arrow in its hybrid quiver. At the upcoming Paris auto salon, Honda will debut the new Insight, a five-door, five-passenger hybrid that should be a more formidable Prius opponent. The Insight will use a more cost-efficient version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), which should enable a very competitive price tag. Taking some styling cues from the advanced fuel-cell-powered FCX Clarity, the Insight has an aerodynamic design and a spacious interior, not to mention folding rear seats, which attest to the Insight's versatility. With this hybrid, Honda will introduce some new technologies, one of which is a function that assists the driver in adopting more fuel-efficient driving habits. No details as to what that might entail, but consumers will be able to find out when the car goes on sale in the U.S. next year.