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2009 Honda Insight Hybrid to Make World Debut at Detroit Motor Show

December 5th, 2008
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Honda has today given the first glimpse of the American specification production version of the all-new 2010 Insight hybrid, which will make its world debut in January 2009 at the Detroit Motor Show.

This first image of the U.S. version of Honda’s latest production hybrid shows how the Insight Concept, first shown at Paris in October 2008, will be transferred into an aerodynamically inspired, athletic looking road car. The new five-passenger, five-door Insight is powered by a lighter, more compact version of Honda’s IMA hybrid system and will go on sale in the spring.

Honda Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Yasuhide Mizuno, is looking forward to the Insight arriving in Australia. “We are very excited about the all-new Insight. It will offer Australian motorists even more choice in affordable hybrid motoring. We hope it will be available here in the not-too-distant future.”

The Insight is expected to have annual global sales of 200,000 units per year and will utilise a new interactive, driver-focused fuel economy enhancement technology named the Ecological Drive Assist System. The new feedback system gives the driver real time information about their driving performance, to help them reduce their fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions.

A leader in the development of cleaner, more fuel-efficient mobility products, Honda introduced the first low-emission gasoline vehicles; first petrol-electric hybrid car in Europe and North America and the world’s first EPA-certified hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX.

In 2007, Honda was named ‘greenest automaker’ by the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fourth straight time in the United States.


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