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Friday, September 12, 2008
Honda Insight Hybrid
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Honda 'Insight' Hybrid Car To Be Launched At 2008 Paris Auto Show

Honda Motor Co. will launch a new five-door, five-passenger hybrid concept car called the 'Honda Insight' at the 2008 Paris International Auto Show on October 2, 2008. The Insight has a small gasoline (petrol) engine that is integrated with a battery powered electric motor to form a hybrid powertrain.

The Honda Insight will go on sale in the spring of next year and Honda anticipates an annual production of 200,000 units globally with approximately 100,000 of these destined for the United States and Canada. Honda will build the Insight at its Suzuka factory in Japan.

Honda says the Insight is a hybrid with significant fuel efficiency and they will make this hybrid car available at an entry-level price that is very competitive. Honda has refined their IMA Hybrid System (Integrated Motor Assist), so as to reduce cost and make hybrid technology available to the general consumer. The Honda Insight is also the product of a weight reduction effort by Honda to reduce major component weights and hence increase efficiency. The Insight shares some of its design styling with the recently released Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car.

Honda first used the name 'Insight' on a 1999 engineering development hybrid gas-electric vehicle that they introduced to the United States. At the time, it achieved 70 mpg and was a two seater that had been designed from the ground up for fuel efficiency. More details about the 2009 Honda Insight will be made available at its debut in October in Paris.

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