Honda has revealed a concept of its affordable family hybrid car, to be displayed at the Paris Motor Show next month. The car will be named Insight, reviving the name of the 1999 hybrid coupe – the first production hybrid car to be sold in Europe.
The production version goes on sale in Spring 2009, and will be priced significantly lower than any other hybrid car on the market, making petrol-electric technology accessible to more people.
Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. said: “The original Honda Insight launched in 1999 was the pioneer of hybrid technology in Europe and remains an iconic symbol of Honda’s environmental innovation. This new Insight will also break new ground by providing an affordable hybrid to an expanded number of customers craving great fuel economy and great value.”
Rather than a two door sports coupe, the new Insight will be a 5-door family hatchback, capable of carrying five people. It will be based on a completely new platform and smaller than the Honda Civic Hybrid.
The control unit and battery for the IMA system are mounted beneath the boot space to give the Insight both a low centre of gravity and the practicality of a conventionally-powered hatchback.
Honda aims to sell 200,000 Insights a year, globally. Over the next few years, Honda will also launch a sporty hybrid (based on the CR-Z), a Jazz Hybrid and a new Civic Hybrid.
More information on the Insight will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.