Honda IMAS Concept
The USA Today article reprinted bellow details the IMAS as the future of the Insight. Please see this thread
for photos of the IMAS and previous discussion.
For more information on the concept, refer to the following sites:
Edmunds - http://www.edmunds.com/news/autoshows/a ... ge010.html
Velocity - http://www.velocityjrnl.com/jrnl/2003/vmd10580ov.html
Ultimate Car Page - http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame.mv ... v&num=1782
Tokyo Show Offers Peek at Future of U.S. Cars
By James R. Healey, USA TODAY, October 23
North America's automotive future is on display at the big auto show just outside this Japanese city.
On display are concept cars built just for the auto-show circuit. They aren't meant to be taken literally. They often sport fancy trim that's too hard to manufacture or enormous wheels that look good but would be expensive and vulnerable to damage from curbs and potholes.
Still, some are reasonably accurate previews of what's coming to U.S. showrooms. Among them:
Honda HSC and IMAS:
The HSC is a rough draft of the next Acura NSX high-performance sports car. The IMAS is a foreshadowing of the next iteration of the Insight hybrid-power two-seater, which Honda says it intends to continue offering in the USA despite small sales volumes. HSC is about 7 inches shorter than NSX, but would ride more smoothly and eke out a little more people space because it has a 5-inch-longer wheelbase and is about 3 inches wider.Honda says the V-6 engine should produce about 300 hp, slightly more than the NSX's 290 hp.
IMAS is designed to be sportier than Insight while maintaining fuel-economy ratings of 60 to 70 miles per gallon. In the grand tradition of the auto business, it's a few inches longer, lower and wider than Insight, but weighs 300 pounds less. No word on when or how much for either. The current NSX is $90,000. The Insight is $20,000.