Honda Insight News

  • 2019 Honda Insight, 2018 New York auto show

    Even as fuel prices are still low compared to their peaks of the last decade, automakers are ramping up production of electrified models to meet tough new fuel economy and emisisons standards, and Honda is not to be left out. The Japanese automaker on Monday revealed a handsome redesign for the Insight, whose formal debut takes place Wednesday at the 2018 New York auto show. A thinly veiled prototype was shown in January during the 2018 Detroit auto show. The new Insight, which reaches showrooms in the summer as a 2019 model, represents the third iteration of Honda's hybrid nameplate. It also...

  • Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better

    Honda used this week's 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to present its 2019 Insight. Though officially a prototype, the version we were treated with shows the final design direction Honda is taking with its new Insight. Crucially, it shows that the revived hybrid nameplate is...

  • 2019 Honda Insight test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Honda Insight spy shots

    Honda has started public road trials of a test mule for the third-generation Insight. The engineers are using the body of a Honda City which needed to be stretched and widened to fit the mechanicals of the new Insight. The widened wheel arches and extensions added to the hood and rear doors are...

  • 2012 Honda Insight - European market version to be shown at Frankfurt Motor Show
    2012 Honda Insight: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    While the Toyota Prius is racking up record sales and is soon to be joined by a plug-in hybrid variant and new Prius V MPV, Honda’s Insight battles on without so much as a whisper. However, a facelifted version is planned and is set to be revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in less than...

  • 2012 Audi A6 aluminum and steel construction
    Aero Aluminum Alloy To Compete With Composites, Due In Cars?

    Low weight is the golden goose of automotive technology. Everyone wants it because it brings about improvements in virtually all areas - performance, economy, handling - but engineering a car with lower weight than the one that preceeded it is difficult to do. Customers want safer, quieter and...

  • 2012 Audi A6 all-LED headlights
    7 High Tech Options, The Cheapest Cars You'll Find Them In

    One of the benefits of the rapid pace of technological advancement is that economies of scale are achieved relatively easily. Sounds boring, but this means that the high-technologies of a few years ago have already found themselves in much more affordable cars. Once this meant heated rear screens...

  • 2010 mini one main630 01

    The Mini Cooper isn't the first car you'd associate with the environmental movement, but with its frugal four-cylinder engines and the new Mini E battery-operated version, the Cooper's green credentials are considerable. Now Mini's buffing the inexpensive, high-miler Cooper it sells in Europe as the Mini One. While other Minis get diesel engines, too, the new Mini One D has a special 90hp (67kW) version of a BMW Group oil-burner that turns in the equivalent of 6mpg fuel economy. The One D also includes regenerative braking that supplies juice for accessory power, and stop-start functionality...

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    GM pitching Volt as sporty, green alternative to Prius, Insight

    At first glance, there's very little to differentiate the main contenders for your hybrid sedan dollar - the new Insight looks remarkably like the Prius. For that matter, so does the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. Aerodynamic necessity is a harsh master. But General Motors is planning to set the Volt...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Toyota launches new build-your-own Prius configurator

    Toyota may have just sold its millionth hybrid vehicle in the United States last month, but that hasn't stopped the industry giant from getting trounced in its home market of Japan when it comes to hybrid sales. Last month the company has released official pricing for the 2010 Prius, starting at...

  • 2010 Honda Insight hybrid
    Hybrid sales crash 45% in April, but up against March

    It's no secret that hybrid and small car sales have been among the hardest hit in the ongoing market downturn. They've fallen at rates well beyond the total market's decline and continue to do so, dropping 45.5% in April against the same time a year ago. But total hybrid sales are up 1.4% against...

  • Honda CEO Takeo Fukui
    Honda CEO puts price floor on Insight, has no plans for large diesels

    Earlier this year, Honda won a lot of attention with its 'cheapest hybrid in America' pricing on the new 2010 Insight. But now Takeo Fukui, the company's CEO, says he won't be engaging Toyota in a price war for the title. The 2010 Insight starts at just $19,800 before delivery fees and taxes, and...

  • 2009 Honda Insight Hybrid
    Honda struggling to meet demand for Insight, U.S. production still a long way off

    Honda’s new Insight hybrid vehicle has been on sale in the U.S. for just over a week but demand for the car is already pushing production at the company’s Suzuka plant in Japan to the limits. Sales of the Insight in Japan are already triple what Honda had hoped for and with predictions...

  • Zipcar Prius

    Within days of unveiling the Insight hybrid concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show, Honda CEO Takeo Fukui boasted that the production version would arrive on the market priced below $20,000. He was spot on as the new Insight hybrid is currently on sale from $19,800, undercutting the current Toyota Prius which is listed at $21,500. However, Toyota has now unveiled a bigger, more powerful, better equipped, and most importantly, more fuel-efficient, third-generation Prius, and although pricing details are yet to be revealed the new 2010 model will almost certainly be more expensive than...

  • Toyota Yaris
    Toyota planning inexpensive Yaris-based hybrid

    Ford has its new Fusion, Honda has the Insight, and Toyota's new Prius is about to hit the streets. But already the next generation of the hybrid wars is drawing up its battle lines, and this time it's smaller. Toytoa is planing a Yaris-based hybrid to take on Honda's Fit hybrid, due around...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Toyota and Honda continue cutting output as Japan's sales head for 32-year low

    In the highly reflexive world of modern markets, forecasts are often self-fulfilling, and that's just more reason to fear the word coming out of Tokyo today. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) is predicting the worst sales in 32 years for 2009, and already Toyota and Honda have...

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    Honda Insight: America's most affordable hybrid at $19,800

    Honda's all-new Insight Hybrid has officially been priced in the U.S. to start at just $19,800, making it the most affordable hybrid on American streets. The U.S. pricing follows through on a goal set by Honda exeutive VP Koichi Kondo at the Japanese launch in Tokyo. It only just squeaks in below...

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    Honda's new Insight doubles first-month sales targets in Japan

    Making plans for the future is tough when the market is as shaky as it is now, but Honda is trying to find a way to get its Insight hybrid to market in the U.S. for less than $20,000. To do so, it may have to build the car in the U.S., but it won't be able to justify that step unless it can sell...

  • European spec 2010 Honda Insight
    Honda releases details for European-spec Insight hybrid

    The production Honda Insight hybrid vehicle made its world debut last week at the Detroit Auto Show but the car on display was the version designed specifically for sale in North America. Honda has now released full details and images for its European-spec Insight hybrid, revealing that its average...

  • 2009 honda insight hybrid 001

    Slumping sales and surplus supply are old hat by now, but the ongoing effects of the poor economy mean carmakers must continue to adjust their capacity and output to remain viable. Honda's readjustment, like its American counterparts, is unfinished, and today it revealed another 3,100 temporary workers would be cut in the U.S. as Honda sheds unnecessary production. The majority of the workers affected will simply not get new contracts when their current job stints end in April. The loss of the extra workers and other steps will help Honda reign in costs and production by about 140,000 units...

  • Honda Insight Hybrid
    Production Honda Insight hybrid debuts in Detroit

    The all-new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid car made its world debut today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, ending several weeks of image leaks and specifications conjecture. Utilizing the latest generation of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology and new, more cost-efficient...

  • Honda Eco Assist Ecological Drive Assist System
    Honda previews ‘Eco Assist’ driver aid for next-gen Insight Hybrid

    Honda has revealed its new interactive, driver-focused fuel economy enhancement technology, which will appear in the next-generation Insight Hybrid vehicle next year. The new technology is called Eco Assist and it combines a number features that helps drivers adjust their driving habits to be the...

  • 2008 Honda Insight hybrid concept
    Honda supports U.S. loan package

    Honda has endorsed the American government's decision to provide the Detroit 3 with a $25 billion loan, describing the aid package as “totally proper” and important for the development of more fuel-efficient models. According to the carmaker’s CEO Takeo Fukui, General Motors, Ford...

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