Honda Insight Hybrid Put Out to Pasture

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by Luke Vandezande

Honda is discontinuing its Insight hybrid after more than a decade of lackluster sales.

Sales lagged far behind the Toyota Prius, which is now the industry benchmark for dual-powered cars. According to Toyota said it has sold 3.19 million Prius hybrids since its introduction compared to 280,629 for the Insight. In November, Honda told its dealer network that production of the vehicle would stop this month, Honda spokeswoman Yuka Abe told Bloomberg.

The Insight is technologically less advanced than the Prius and returned less impressive fuel economy. It uses Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system that requires the engine to be running at all times to power the car. Honda also stopped selling the Insight in 2006 but brought it back in 2009.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Review – Video

It isn’t clear if Honda plans to introduce a new Insight to replace the discontinued model. But if Honda chose to do so, it could be a much more efficient and competitive product. The 2014 Accord Hybrid uses a two-stage hybrid system that can run without using the onboard gasoline engine to return much better fuel economy. In total, the company has five hybrid models.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Luke Vandezande
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  • Mike F. Mike F. on Mar 13, 2014

    @danwat1234:disqus: The Honda IMS DOES infact require the gas engine to be running whenever the car is being propelled. It will shut off coasting below 19mph or stopped at traffic lights.

  • Mike F. Mike F. on Mar 13, 2014

    danwat1234: The IMA DOES require the gas engine is running whenever the car is being powered. The gas engine can shut off when coasting to a stop (below 19mph) and when at a stop, though even then it doesn't always shut off depending on conditions. It is NEVER powered solely by the electric motor. While it is definitely a compromise, I own a 2011 CR-Z and I LOVE IT! My previous two cars were a Mini Cooper S and a Miata, and while the CR-Z doesn't handle like the Miata or accelerate like the Mini S, it does both well enough to be fun to drive while getting half again better gas mileage as either. I didn't change my driving style one bit and I get just shy of 40mpg in my manual shift CR-Z, where the Miata averaged 28 and the Mini a miserable 23 with me at the wheel. I use an on-line tracking service to monitor gas mileage, so I know my exact usage over the past 3 years. To me, this car is a great success for Honda, and I only wish the automotive press could get off their high horses for a while and see that. icon

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