Honda's got a lot going on in the next few years. While the hybrid version of the accord, and the hybrid FTHS sports coupe are gonna be burning up the street, there's a definite gap in Honda's hybrid lineup.
Where's the small inexpensive hybrid that gets better mileage than any other car on the road? In fewer words...where's the Insight? Well, while the Prius took off in America, Insights got the same reception as the EV1. Everyone loved them, but no one bought them.
But that doesn't mean Honda isn't ready to try again, with better technology, more brains and more style. The car will likely look like a toned-down version of the Remix, which I was lucky enough to see at the LA Auto Show last year. The design is extremely aerodynamic and it has a definite presence. But I predict that the design we see for Honda's new small hybrid will be much more understated.
Honda is aiming to sell here. Starting in mid-2009, they'll be building 200,000 of these a year. By comparison, Honda produced about 10,000 Insights in America over a three year period. Depending on the technology, and whether lighter lithium ion batteries are ready by 2009, this car could easily break 100 mpg.
While the Prius is going to remain the hybrid choice for those with money to spend and soccer games to attend, this new car from Honda is going to fill a gap that I've long been waiting to be filled. And priced at under $25,000, I might even be able to afford it.Via AutoBlogGreen
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