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Montreal Autoshow: Honda Insight

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Here are some pictures I took of the 2010 Honda Insight at the Montreal International Autoshow in Quebec, Canada on Tuesday January 20th.

It looks ok, except for the droopy front end and baby wheels. Interior plastics scream cheap!

Between this and the Fit, Honda has one eco-geeky lineup.

When I asked for a brochure, the rep said: "We are trying to save the environment, so go on our website!" They didn't have ANY print material!

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I will definitely be confusing this with the Prius from the side.

I agree, I will take a Volt instead. Oh wait, I don't have $40,000 for a Volt and if I did I would buy a slightly used C6 Vette to add to my car corral.

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Man, the prevailing design of vehicles is so awful. I'm so tired of these pods that all look alike.

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This car has actually grown on me since I first saw it. While the shape from the side is similar at a glance to the Prius, the greenhouse is different. Also Honda did a better job at making it not look terrible. I like the front end, it reminds me very much of the FCX Clarity. Pus the lower roofline and larger wheels help make it looks dumpy.

Would I buy it over a Volt if I were in the market for such a car? Depends...this costs half what the Volt will cost...

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Wow, that's original! Good work Honda!

Or not. The door is open for GM/Ford to make cars that look interesting. Maybe people will buy them.

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Imagine a Type R with wings and things... definitely see the Clarity styling in the front and profile.

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Honda has a hit on their hands. Compact car pricing, 50ish mpg,and driving dynamics that don't suck, in a package that isn't hideous and with a normal interior.

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Honda has a hit on their hands. Compact car pricing, 50ish mpg,and driving dynamics that don't suck, in a package that isn't hideous and with a normal interior.

+1. I've never cared for Toyota, but I've always respected Honda..they take engineering very seriously.

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This is a car for people that are indifferent to cars. A necessary evil if you will. It's sad to see Honda going in this direction. Sure I'll never buy one of these dull cars, but I have to see them on the road. Not a pretty sight.

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This is a car for people that are indifferent to cars. A necessary evil if you will. It's sad to see Honda going in this direction. Sure I'll never buy one of these dull cars, but I have to see them on the road. Not a pretty sight.

You've seen a car that isn't on sale yet on the road? Do tell.

It's a car for people who want good fuel economy without having to pay a huge chunk of change to make up the difference.

Hell, for the price of a Volt I could buy this and a Challenger SE.

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The guy with a 3rd gen Camaro in his sig is complaining abaout having to see ugly cars?

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This car has actually grown on me since I first saw it. While the shape from the side is similar at a glance to the Prius, the greenhouse is different. Also Honda did a better job at making it not look terrible. I like the front end, it reminds me very much of the FCX Clarity. Pus the lower roofline and larger wheels help make it looks dumpy.

Would I buy it over a Volt if I were in the market for such a car? Depends...this costs half what the Volt will cost...

I totally agree. I wouldn't prolly ever by a car like this, but if I had to I would go with this one or a Volt no question. I have always had respect for Honda and their "culture/products". This thing ain't too hard on the eyes. I am guilty of looking at in on Honda's website. When I go to Chicago I will make a point of visiting the Honda booth and telling the rep a little about me and saying congrations and good luck kicking Prius a$$. They certainly deserve too. As for the Volt I can have a new Camaro 2SS/RS for the same price or a G8 GXP so explain why I would get a Volt? Toyota will be ready for an a$$ kicking and they deserve it.

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Someone enlighten me as to the circumstances around the demise of the first insight- # of years made, why cancelled.

How does this insight fit in with the fit & civic ?

And it may differ from the prius in some aspects, but it's a loose tracing overall. It'd be distressing if I cared about the image of honda...

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The guy with a 3rd gen Camaro in his sig is complaining abaout having to see ugly cars?

:lol: Good one, although I actually like 3rd gen Camaros...it's the 4th gens I never really cared for.

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This car has actually grown on me since I first saw it. While the shape from the side is similar at a glance to the Prius, the greenhouse is different.

The greenhouse is different?

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Aside from the taillights, the rear is virtually identical (though to be fair, Honda did the split-rear-window thing first with the original CRX:

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Also Honda did a better job at making it not look terrible. I like the front end, it reminds me very much of the FCX Clarity. Pus the lower roofline and larger wheels help make it looks dumpy.

True, the nose is better. But better design ≠ good design - It's more visually interesting than the Prius, but still meh.

Would I buy it over a Volt if I were in the market for such a car? Depends...this costs half what the Volt will cost...

Very salient point. Unless your commute is >35 miles round-trip, there's little reason other than status to step up to a Volt over an Insight.

-RBB

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The Insight's rear window looks slightly larger than the one on the Prius. And the taillights reminds me of the Prelude.

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Someone enlighten me as to the circumstances around the demise of the first insight- # of years made, why cancelled.

How does this insight fit in with the fit & civic ?

And it may differ from the prius in some aspects, but it's a loose tracing overall. It'd be distressing if I cared about the image of honda...

The original Insight ran its course. It wasn't a hit because it wasn't practical and wasn't marketed like the Prius (2nd gen) was.

This new model is slightly larger than the Fit, and is based partially off the new Fit. I believe rear seat room may be slightly smaller than the Civic Hybrid, but cargo room is greater. The specifics are posted somewhere which give interior dimensions. The price of course is rumored to be between 18,500 to 19,999, but the only official word is that it will be the cheapest hybrid to date. We won't know official pricing for a while.

And the mileage is rated at 40/43, except every mag and journalist that has tested it so far has exceeded 50 mpg under normal driving (no performance testing). The admin at TOV got 71 mpg in one loop, which rivals the original Insight in terms of hypermiling.

There is rumor of a Fit hybrid coming, which would seem redundant. If the rumor turns out to be true, it won't be for the US market anyway.

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For a hybrid and a cheap hybrid at that, I think the styling of the Insight is excellent, especially the interior.

It looks good in red. I haven't seen any pictures of it in black yet, I'm sure it will look better in black, everything usually does. ;-]

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The dash blows away the non-user-friendly and ungainly Prius dash, both new and current gen.

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I always found the first gen Insight fascinating, it seemed like a perfect commuter car, the most efficient form of non-rail transportation for suburbanites who work in the city.

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Sorry- I find this next insight to be borderline hideous. The obvious silhouette homage to the prius with perhaps a bit more ungainlyness (almost looks like it's fractured vertically at the A-pillar)... and I'm getting a strong VW vibe in the grille. Interior looks both cheap & awkward, and it's not the commercial airline upholstery that's doing that, either. Blech.

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