Honda unveils 2010 Insight hybrid at Detroit Auto Show

January 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Honda Corp. has debuted its next-generation hybrid, the Insight, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday. Honda said the 2010 Insight, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this April, will have a lower price than the Civic Hybrid, which has a base price of $23,650. Speculation is that the price tag may be around $18,500, allowing the Insight to compete at a much lower price point than any other hybrid on the market.The Insight, a five-door sedan, is modeled after Honda’s FCX Clarity fuel-cell car, the Japanese automaker said.

Honda said the Insight will feature an onboard system, dubbed Eco Assist, designed to help drivers improve their fuel economy during trips. The system will have a color-coded speedometer display that gives drivers feedback on current fuel economy, and a function that gauges the car’s fuel economy during a trip and for the car’s lifetime. The Insight will have 10-kilowatt electric motor and a 10.6-gallon fuel tank, and Honda estimates its driving range at more than 400 miles.

The much-anticipated car is expected to compete head-on with Toyota Motor Corp. Prius, which remains the top-selling hybrid in the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Insight’s fuel economy at 40 city miles per gallon and 43 on the highway. The EPA certifies the Prius at 48 city mpg and 45 on the highway. Toyota is set to debut its next-generation Prius on Monday, along with a Lexus hybrid on Sunday called the HS250h.


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