Honda Insight Prototype

At the 2018 North American International Auto Show next month, Honda will display the Insight Prototype (shown above), which gives a preview of the next generation of the model. The production version will be launched in mid-2018 and will have Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid system. The new Insight will be manufactured at a Honda factory in America.

“With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical trade-offs,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Senior Vice-President of Automobile Sales and General Manager of the Honda Division at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the bonnet.”

The prototype will show an entirely new approach with the styling, packaging, premium features and performance desired by mainstream car buyers – a hybrid vehicle without any inherent compromise, Honda claims. Unlike the first two generations of Insight, the all-new model will be powered by Honda’s hybrid system offering fuel economy that is said to be competitive with other compact hybrid models.

“At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, we announced our Honda Electrification Initiative with the intention to make two-thirds of Honda’s global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030,” said Mr. Arcangeli, “With the Insight launching later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year, we’re demonstrating our commitment to that goal.”

First (left) and second generations of the Insight. The second generation was sold in Malaysia for a few years.

Introduced in 1999, the first-generation Insight was Honda’s first mass-produced hybrid model. It had a sleek and futuristic shape which prioritised aerodynamic efficiency. It was the first Honda vehicle to utilize Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The second-generation Insight made its debut in 2009; unlike the first generation which was a 2-door/2-seater, it was larger and had a 5-door bodystyle offering increased space and utility. This generation was sold in Malaysia at the time when hybrid vehicles were exempted from all duties, making them affordable.

At the same motorshow, Acura (Honda’s luxury division) will also show the RDX Prototype which is a preview of the third generation of the model.

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