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I found this from mixedpower.com:
Honda Insight Escapes the Chopping Block - Part 2!

I found a better article, thanks for the emails: Honda Motor Co. has no plans to remodel the poor-selling Insight hybrid.

But it has no plans to kill the two-seater, either, says President Takeo Fukui, because it is the most fuel-efficient car sold in the United States.

"That's an image car with the top fuel economy," he says.

The Insight's U.S. November sales numbered only 5, down from 39 a year earlier. For the 11 months of last year, Honda sold only 575 Insights, a plunge from 1,124 in the year-ago period.

The car was launched in 1999 to demonstrate Honda's fuel-saving technology. It is powered by an electric motor and a three-cylinder gasoline-powered engine.

With a five-speed manual transmission, the Insight achieves 61 mpg in the city and 66 mpg on the highway. That tops the Toyota Prius' 60 mpg in the city and 51 on the highway.

The Prius, which was launched in 2000, has been embraced by environmentally conscious Americans. In the first 11 months of this year, Toyota sold 47,704 Prius units in the United States, more than double the number sold in the same period of the previous year.

Hybrid SUV not in 3-year plan

Unlike Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. has no plans to build hybrid SUVs in the next three years.

"For now, we are not thinking about it" for the three-year plan starting in April, says Honda President Takeo Fukui.

SUV owners care little about fuel economy, Fukui says. "If they look for fuel efficiency," he says, "they could shift to a car."

Fuel-efficient hybrids use gasoline- or diesel-powered engines teamed with an electric motor.

Honda sells the Insight, the company's first hybrid, and hybrid versions of the Accord and Civic.

Fukui added that a hybrid powertrain is "an extremely expensive system," and that Honda can devise cheaper alternatives to save fuel in vehicles. For example, the Odyssey and the hybrid Accord use cylinder deactivation. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine runs on all six cylinders when accelerating and three when cruising.

Honda's reluctance to offer hybrid SUVs contrasts with Toyota's plans. The Lexus RX 400h hybrid is scheduled to go on sale April 15, and the Toyota Highlander hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in June.

SOURCE: Autoweek
 

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This Autoweek story was posted on 1/4/05, but still is interesting. Sales this year are down 47% compared to 04. Two more years of 50% yearly sales drops would result in double digit yearly sales. :( The CRX HF was out for 6 years, there's still no word if the Insight will get its 7th.
 

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yay!

i drive a soon to be collector's item!!!!!
 

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I don't think Honda can keep selling it much longer.

With other hybrids that can seat 4 people, the general public is not looking for a 2 seater hybrid that is pretty cramped. But, that's good for the people like us, who value efficient and minimalistic design in transportation. :)

It would be really nice if Honda would make a special edition version of Insight with a few more extra features: 1. rear disk brakes 2. MIMA 3. more powerful battery pack (144x2? :eek:) 4. 3-cylinder engine DOHC design. Oops, I guess I can dream, right? ;)
 

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Cosworth wrote:
It would be really nice if Honda would make a special edition version of Insight with a few more extra features: 1. rear disk brakes 2. MIMA 3. more powerful battery pack (144x2? ) 4. 3-cylinder engine DOHC design.
I agree on #2 and #3. the Insight does not NEED 4 wheel disk brakes, you hardly ever use the brakes, and they are more than adequate for such a light vehicle, 3 Cyl DOHC? WHY

I would love to have the extra battery capacity, and MIMA of course. :D
 

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Calpod said:
I agree on #2 and #3. the Insight does not NEED 4 wheel disk brakes, you hardly ever use the brakes, and they are more than adequate for such a light vehicle, 3 Cyl DOHC? WHY

I would love to have the extra battery capacity, and MIMA of course. :D
3 cyl DOHC iVTEC w/ leanburn! :twisted: 8)
 
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