“Hi, Prius, I’m insight, your new roommate. I’ll be taking the right side of the bedroom, thank you very much“.
That’s right, with the revealing of the the 2010 Honda Insight recently at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Honda has just committed itself to a significant chunk of the Prius’ market share. Can it accomplish this goal? The first Insight will not be discussed because it did virtually nothing for Honda. But one thing that has to be noted is that unlike it’s predecessor, the 2010 Insight actually has five seats.
The shape of the Insight is nothing we haven’t seen before–it looks very similar to the shape of the Prius. Like the Prius, the Insight is a hatchback with a high razed hatch. Like the Prius, the Insight sacrifices good atheistic for the sake for fuel economy. Like the Prius, the Insight is just plain awkward. I can’t resonate with this car from any angle whatsoever, with the least offensive angle being its front facial.
The interior of the Insight is less offensive than the exterior. It has the same hi-tech flare (if not more) of the current Honda Civic. If fact, their interiors are almost identical except for a some few cosmetic changes here and there (mostly revolving around the shape of the center console and the placement of the controls on it). Once again, like the exterior, the interior of the Insight is nothing we haven’t seen before.
Engine and Transmission
The Insight will be based on the Honda Fit’s platform? What could this potentially mean? If the its transmission maintains the elements that make the Fit so exciting to drive, then there is almost little doubt that the Insight will have a more exciting ride than the upcoming 2010 Prius. In regards to gas mileage, there have been reports that the Insight achieved 63mpg in a test drive. That’s impressive if that number was achieved with real-word driving and not with grandma driving. If it was achieved with real-word driving, then it is very likely that the Insight will be less thirsty than the Prius.
One last point — according to Honda, the Insight will be the cheapest hybrid on the market. This car isn’t the best looker, but with the lowest price tag in its class, with the economy the way it is, and with efficiency numbers hovering around 63mpg (assuming this is true), there will be many people out there waiting for this car when it releases sometime this year.
Below is a photo gallery of the 2010 Honda Insight:
Honda Resurrects Long-Dead Passport SUV For 2018
Are you old enough to remember the Honda Passport? Having been dead for while, it’s now being resurrected.
The Passport dates back to the mid 1990s and was Honda’s first SUV long before the CR-V or Pilot became the household names they are. Production ended in 2002, but the Japanese automaker has reportedly revived the name for an all-new, five-passenger crossover that slots between the CR-V and Pilot, much like it did with the new Insight.
According to , the new Passport likely rides on a six-inch shorter version of the Pilot’s platform and seats only five passengers. Leaked patent photos suggest it will resemble the Honda Avancier sold in China (pictured), especially from the profile, featuring blunt proportions and a sloping roofline for a coupe-like look.
As a five-seater, the Passport competes with the likes of the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, as well as the upcoming Chevy Blazer, in a relatively uncluttered mid-size crossover segment.
It will make its world debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show before going on sale in early 2019, with production expected to take place alongside the Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.
New Honda Insight Prototype Marks Return Of Insight Hybrid
The Honda Insight hybrid is back but not as the car you expected.
After two attempts to take on the Toyota Prius, Honda has reinvented the Insight back as a stylish hybrid sedan positioned between the Civic and Accord, featuring styling that’s a mesh of the two. It’s no longer a funky-looking hatchback and, frankly, will upset far fewer people than the rather polarizing Prius.
The new Insight debuted as a prototype, but as is typical with all Honda prototypes, the production model will be virtually identical visually and mechanically. It is powered by the Japanese automaker’s two-motor hybrid system, which consists of a 1.5L gas engine and an electric motor backed by a lithium-ion battery pack, with both motors transitioning smoothly between each other in everyday use.
You might never need to stop at a gas station because the Insight will operate mainly as an electric vehicle, with its gas engine primarily serving as a generator for the car’s battery pack. However, should you, Honda is targeting a combined city/highway EPA rating of over 50 mpg — much better than the previous Insight, which barely managed to compete against the Prius.
Essentially the hybrid version of the Civic, the Insight will offer more room, comfort and on-board tech than its gasoline-powered counterpart, including a customizable 8-inch touchscreen display that allows users to create home screen shortcuts, a 7-inch LCD gauge cluster, and WiFi-enabled over-the-air system updates.
Honda hasn’t fared well with its dedicated hybrid vehicles, having recently put the poor-selling CR-Z hybrid sports car out of its misery. Add to that the added competition from Hyundai with the Ioniq and Kia with its Niro hybrid, and we don’t think the company risked skimping on its third attempt at the segment.
The production Honda Insight is scheduled to go on sale in 2018. Would you choose it over the latest Toyota Prius?
Honda Reveals ‘3E’ Robots Called Empathy, Experience And Empower
It’s a little known fact that Honda makes more than just cars, with its expertise extending to motorcycles, aircraft, power equipment and robots. The Japanese automaker has now broadened its vision for robots.
At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Expo, Honda unveiled a series of robotic concepts termed 3E — represents ‘Empower,’ ‘Experience’ and ‘Empathy’ — that serve public, workplace and consumer purposes and can operate autonomously.
The Empathy robot is a creepy-looking bugger called 3E-A18, and it’s optimized for supporting people in their daily lives, such as serving as a guide at airports or shopping malls. Honda says the 3E-A18’s soft-touch skin “invites people to touch or hug” it.
Second up is the 3E-C18 — the Experience robot. It can supposedly learn by observing peoples’ action and features a cart-like design optimized for carrying spaces, as well as a canopy combined with a compact-sized vehicle body base with a driving function.
Last but not least are the 3E-B18 and 3E-D18, the Empower robots. The former is a chair-type mobility concept designed to help support people with baggage carts or strollers, while the latter is an autonomous off-road vehicle with AI designed to support people in a broad range of work activities.
The robots utilize Honda’s Mobile Power Pack World concept, a swappable battery system with detachable power modules that can be charged using renewable energy and then placed into a robot or vehicle for power on the go.
Honda R&D chief Yoshiyuki Matsumoto stated:
“We have entered an era when robotics will become increasingly visible and essential in our everyday lives and have the ability to unlock human potential.”
While Honda hasn’t confirmed if any of the concepts will be produced, is there any particular one you want to see?