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I know that the silver Honda Insight has the paint that has sparkles or whatever it's called in it, but do the blue and red versions have that also?
 

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Hi Nopetrol, Yes, the Silverstone paint is METTALLIC. The Navy blue and New Formula red are PEARL. I have owned both red and silver Insights, and it's apparent that a non-metallic paint can generally be buffed and polished to a higher luster. (I display my red car at shows, and it far exceeds the shine I was able to get from my silver cars)
 

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Hmm, well now it's metallic versus more shiney. I'm guessing that the silverstone metallic absorbes less black-body radiation, though. And I like the contrast between the silver paint and the black trim and the white headlights. I don't know. The colored ones look too normal, don't they? But almost every Insight is silver...
 

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I don't know. The colored ones look too normal, don't they? But almost every Insight is silver...
That just follows the pattern of the larger automobile population...silver has been the most popular color in the U.S. for a few years now (in every vehicle category except SUVs/Trucks/Vans, where the most popular color is white or pearl.

Taking all categories together, silver is on 18% of vehicles in North America...or almost 1 out of 5.
 

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I didn't know there were actual figures to back that up! :D

Personally, I find silver cars to be pretty boring. I'm not dissing anybody that OWNS a silver car, I am just saying that they are not for me.

My friend says it's because I'm a water sign (Cancer). I suppose he could be somewhat right, if I believed in that stuff, since I prefer blue over red or silver. And the blue of the Insight is such a beautiful deep blue to me.

But then again, I had my first del Sol repainted to a metallic red that was deeper than stock and I was totally in love with it. But now I remember that I had originally wanted a blue del Sol. LOL
 

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I have a silver civic and love the color, i thought the new silver Insight looked more grey than silver, imo. i also did not want 2 siilver cars. How vanilla? :D
 

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I think Citrus is the best!

Personally, I love the funky look of the citrus insights. Since I couldn't get my hands on one I'll be happy with my little silver spaceship. It reminds me of the 60's era space program. Maybe I need some vintage Mercury or Gemini era decals to really dress it up! :)
 

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Re: I think Citrus is the best!

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Personally, I love the funky look of the citrus insights. Since I couldn't get my hands on one I'll be happy with my little silver spaceship. It reminds me of the 60's era space program. Maybe I need some vintage Mercury or Gemini era decals to really dress it up! :)
If you're either really into the U.S. space program...or really old (or both!) you might remember that the Mercury capsules had names...all ending in "7" (for the original 7 astronauts). The Gemini craft just had numbers....*except* for the first Gemini mission -- it, too, had a name.
 

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Molly Brown!

If you're either really into the U.S. space program...or really old (or both!) you might remember that the Mercury capsules had names...all ending in "7" (for the original 7 astronauts). The Gemini craft just had numbers....*except* for the first Gemini mission -- it, too, had a name.
Molly Brown! Named by Gus Grissom. Perhaps he was thinking of the "unsinkable Molly Brown of Titanic fame after the accidental hatch detonation that caused the sinking of his Mercury capsule Liberty Bell 7. A sinking that all other Mercury astronauts confirmed could not have been caused by Grissom as all of those who purposely detonated the hatch ended up with either significant bruising or cuts from the plunger and its location!
 

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.....although New Formula Red really stands out a car shows, Silverstone is a beautiful color; especially when all the black trim is REALLY black. Just take your rubber/plastic dressing of choice, and moisten your shop rag and carefully detail the window rubber trim, the wipers, antenna mount, B-pillar exterior, and of course the bottom trim all the way around. You'll notice a big difference, it really highlights the silver!
 

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This post needs a citrus avatar. Papaya is so beautiful she could launch a thousand ships!!!

The citrus color is remarkable because, depending on the lighting, the color ranges from gold to neon green. I've seen silvers, reds and blues. They are all lovely, but the range of hues in a citrus is simply stunning.

Concerned as I am for sustainability and the environment, it was not these features which caused me to seek out an Insight. It was the sight of a citrus flying northbound on Hwy 431 early one autumn morning. It hasn't been the same in this household since! :D
 

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Ahh....colours. In Australia there is not much choice - not due to the range of colours but to the number of Insights sold. Here is the total Insight sales in Australia by colour according to Honda Australia:

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| Colours | Number of vehicles sold |
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| Berlina Black | 2 |
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| Citrus Yellow | 7 |
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| Silverstone | 20 |
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| Formula Red | 16 |
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I really wanted Red one, but saw a Citrus car that looked so beautiful I tried to buy it but missed out :( My nine year old daughter was very sad.

I have not seen any other of the Citrus cars in Australia for sale - nor have I seen any of them on the road.

No.166 saw a black Insight in Canberra (the National capital - sort of like Washington DC but smaller) and Bernadetha saw a black one in Perth (Western Australia - the other side of the country near India). Both were on a dealer's lot so were probably different cars. I have not seen either of them for sale.

Not surprizingly Silver and Red are the ones I have seen on the road and for sale. There is currently three for sale in Australia that I know of; one Red (Sydney), Melbourne (Silver) and Perth (Silver). The Sydney car appears to have been for sale for maybe almost a year (possibly longer)
The Perth car has been for sale for many months. The Melbourne car was for sale more than a year ago then went off the market. The owner put it back on the market about one month ago. The prices (A$15,500 - $24,000) are more expensive than in th US but not out of proportion to car prices in Australia generally.

Plainly, despite high fuel costs Insights remain deeply unpopular and almost unkown in this part of the world. That's a shame. Australia's known oil reserves are being rapidly used up and are predicted to be largely gone in about 7 years. The way we use it you would think there was no tomorrow.... :(
 

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You mean there are only 45 Insights in all of Australia? :!: I must be reading something wrong...

Oh man... Berlina Black. I really wanted to get the Berlina Black S2000 but decided the Suzuka Blue was more my color. But Berlina Black on an Insight... THAT would be quite nice. I'm also quite fond of the yummy pearl colors that were available for the S2000 in Japan... Imola Orange and Platina White. Those would really make the Insight stand out, don't you think?
 

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minako - sad to say, but I believe that is mostly true. I have been given the same figure of 45 total sales by Honda Australia on two separate occasions. Honda stop selling Insights in Australia in 2004.

But I believe there are 46 Insights in Australia!! I know of one private import with CVT that was for sale in Melbourne about 18 months ago. I looked at it, it was a nice car (at a fair price) but I really wanted a manual transmission.

When I was checking out the CVT I spoke to the company that imported it - they only brought in one due to the lack of interest. As far as I know there are no more.

MB, BMW, Porsche etc are to be found aplenty (at prices so high that would astound you folk in North America) but when a really interesting car like the Insight comes along it gets almost completely ignored.... but enough of my soapbox for one day

Happy motoring! :D
 

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Red colour was good, I was looking for one but I got the silver instead.
I agree when you dark tinted the windows and polished all other black plastic parts, the silverstone looks nice and the colour seems a bit purple at night. I don't have the black line rear skirt anymore, I got the skirt painted with the body colour and it looks better and feel like refined finishing :). but would have to be extra carefull when opening the skirt not to spoil the paint.
So I am happy with the silver one, and maybe the only one in Australia with full skirt colour to make it even more rare :)
 

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Red is beautiful... and it has such an outstanding shine, I prefer it over any other color for a sports or fun car. I have owned, oh, probably twenty bright red cars in my driving time (and a few memorable orange ones, including my Opel GT and my first Beetle convertible). Our present garagemates, our BMW and our New Beetle Convertible, are red, and, oh, when they're polished and the swirlies are gone, the color takes my breath away. (And yes, I did see "Used Cars." Pooh.) :roll:

But I will have to say this about our silver Insight... even dirty (which is not often, but it does happen when we have a slew of rain or icy slush or whatever malady fouls up a car's cleanliness), it looks pretty fine. And when it's clean and waxed and the sun hits it, ooooo... It may not have the sheen of the non-metallics, but it has a beauty all its own, and to me, it's a wonderful skin. :D
 
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