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Aaron clearly has no taste! :wink:

This concept car looks great - I especially like the front air scoops and the futuristic headlights. From the interior pictures I have said before that the seats look cool too. I am really looking forward to Insight Mk 2 - but Honda had better hurry otherwise I will be forced to get the Prius Mk 2 :(
 

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Holy Hybrids, BatMan!!!
:lol:

I agree with Aaron, that's one ugly car. It looks like my computer mouse...

I'd rather see the six cylinder concept supercar hybrid Honda/Acura came out with last year come to fruition.

 

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Yo, I was thinking more of the vehicles Slyvester Stallone was driving in "Judge Dredd". :D
 

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I don't know, guys (and gals)...

Looks kinda homely to me too... but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this looks like a design that could "grow" on me. I'd have to see it in 3D. It is nice and futuristic, though... although I'd hate to have to parallel park the thing; here in Dallas, people park by ear... :shock: and I don't see anything even resembling a bumper (I know, I know, it's a concept)

Wonder what's that rectangular see-through thing on the dash? Is it a HUD? Nav system? ??? Looks distracting...

OK, Aaron, I'll bite... what are #1 and #2 ugliest?
 

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I'm not a fan of that prototype or for that matter the way the two Insights in my driveway look. I can think of many nicer looking cars, but I can't think of any car I'd rather be driving. If the new car has a signifigant improvement in MPG than it will start looking as sexy as the women I took home the other day after having had downed a few too many.
 

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Here's my little styling analysis.

Those headlights. I have no idea what tech they are using, but I doubt it will see production.
IMHO, does not look good, either.

Looks like styling consideration trumped aero in several places, like the sharp edge on the outside corners of the nose. And those wheels, flat discs are best aero, but bland style-wise.

Rearview mirrors. Too small, must be video cameras. The dash is probably the display.

Note how the front edge of the door is rear of the front fender lip. No production car does this for reasons like weather sealing and noise reduction.

You can't really tell from these pictures, but from Other pictures the hatch glass extends forward over the entire roof. Probably gives it an open-air feeling to counter those high sills on the side glass Some way is needed of stopping the car from becoming a big solar heat oven on sunny days.

I'd like to see a picture of how big hatch/trunk door is and how it works.

The lower floor in the hatch area is very welcome (wonder where the batteries are). The bar between the seats is not welcome, but the high, close-to-the-steering shifter is nice. And Honda, Please use a round steering wheel on production vehicles.

700Kgs is 1543 lbs. It would be nice if honda could keep that weight and still get 4 (or 5) stars in collision tests.

Summary: It's a concept that does not have real production potiential. It's a show car. Some elements may make it on future production vehicles.
 

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lethostigma said:
as sexy as the women I took home the other day
Plural? :wink:
 

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There's some more pictures by autoweek here including some rear shots. Note how the air from the front openings is vented over the top of the front fenders. Does the IMAS have a full belly pan?

Want to see how the back opens up? Check out This page on the honda japanese web site. Sorry, its in japanese. Kinda hard to call it a hatchback now. Note that those are not storage compartments behind the seats. They are fold up back seats. (Old JDM CRXs had the same thing.) Such things never make it to the american market.
 

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Thanks Flunkysama for those links. The more I see the IMAS the more I want it!
 

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Aaron...

Aaron Cake said:
LOL.

1. Ford Probe
2. Pontiac Aztek
3. That thing above...
Can't argue with that...

Now I'm going to have a hard time sleeping... :x
 

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and Delta Flyer...

The Pacer! Oh jeez, I had managed to block that from my memory all these years, and now it's come back...

This deserves some sort of revenge. Carry this in your head...

"Flintstones, meet the Flintstones..." :wink:

Thanks for the link, flunkysama, very interesting...
 

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Love the roof! Don't know how the headlights could be functional, but I like the way the car looks. 94MPG! When can I get one?
 

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On another topic ("Starting With Small Vehicles on Hybrids
" http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=732&highlight=), I suggested it would be harder for engineers to design a larger hybrid vehicle because of the laws of motion. Now I will add the IMAS will be easier to do than the original Insight.

The body weight on the IMAS will be about 300 pounds less than the Insight (down 17%). The drag is also reduced from .25 to .20. Assuming the powerplant is the same as the 5-speed Insight, the upper limit of lean-burn goes from 65 mph to 70 or even 75 mph. While Honda has not said yet, I'd assume the electric motor is upgraded to at least the hybrid Civic and taking more of the acceleration load off the gas engine. Honda may also decide to use a gas engine smaller than the 995cc on the Insight. The tires could be smaller to further reduce weight, increase engine room, and reduce rolling resistance.
 
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