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Earlier this week, we told you
that the Honda Insight
was scheduled to get the axe - something that had been rumored for a long time. Now, Honda
has officially confirmed that the Insight is being put out of
misery. That's right, America's most affordable mass-produced hybrid will officially die after the 2014 model year, with production scheduled to end this summer. Honda says that, moving forward, it will focus its efforts on expanding its newer two-motor hybrid system found in the Accord
. Of course, this news doesn't exactly give us much hope for the CR-Z
hatchback's longevity, either. Scroll down
for the official release.
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Honda Insight finally, officially dead originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Insight hasn't amounted to even a tenth of Prius sales, and well over half of those sold were JDM.
It's been a rough ride for the Honda Insight
, and now its journey appears to be at an end - word is that the five-door hybrid hatchback is going out of production.
The Insight nameplate was first introduced as a two-seat, three-door gas-electric hatchback just before the turn of the millennium, beating the Toyota Prius
to market as America's first hybrid by over half a year. That original bantamweight Insight was discontinued in 2006, only to be revived in a larger, more Prius-like five-door form in 2009. But the new model never managed to keep up (let alone surpass) its rival from Toyota
, which went on to become the best-selling dedicated hybrid car ever made.
As we reported
just last week, Honda
discontinued sales of the Insight (as well as its two-door counterpart, the CR-Z
) in Europe due to lagging sales. But now word has it that the Insight is being discontinued altogether. The report from Bloomberg
notes that the Insight hasn't amounted to even a tenth of Prius sales, and even then, well over half of those sold were in the Japan Domestic Market. Honda reportedly has 237 days' worth of inventory stockpiled, but dealers are said to have been told to stop taking orders.
We've inquired with Honda for official word on the Insight's fate here in North America, but have yet to hear back - we'll update you when we learn more. If the model is indeed dead, it won't be a surprise - we exclusively reported in December
that it killing the model was on the table.
Of course, it's possible that the Insight will remain in production for a while to service other markets - potentially Japan only. The decision casts the future of the CR-Z into doubt as well, as the three-door model relies on a similar generation of Honda hybrid technology, and it's the only model in the automaker's lineup that actually sells fewer examples than the Insight. One way or another, Honda would still have its Civic and Accord hybrids to sell, not to mention the FCX Clarity fuel cell and Fit EV
. Either way, it appears the Insight's days are numbered.
UPDATE: Honda spokesman Sage Marie tells Autoblog:
"The fates of Insight and CR-Z are not necessarily intertwined as they are very different models with very different missions. Moving forward, our hybrid vehicle strategy will focus on new hybrid models featuring expanded application of our innovative two-motor hybrid system with an eye toward significant volume growth. "
Honda pulling plug on slow-selling Insight hybrid [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Prepare the funereal wreaths, dig out the black duds, practice those somber facial expressions; it may just be that the Honda Insight
is not long for this world. The car that took the hybrid fight to the Toyota Prius
- and lost
- could be on its way out, if we are reading our tea leaves correctly.
While Honda is still touting
the 2014 model year, inside sources have told AutoblogGreen
that some usual preparations (like preparing advertising materials) for a 2015 model are not taking place. If true, this could signal that there is, verily, no 2015 model coming to the US, leaving consumers without a cheaper hybrid alternative to the popular Prius in as little as a year from now. Of course, it could also be that the Insight is undergoing some sort of transformative change. Something, hopefully, beyond the most modest of mile-per-gallon improvements
. Something that might enhance the hybrid-driving experience, or at least equal that of its competitors. Somehow, though, we doubt it.
The Insight is getting the squeeze from its stablemates. Honda's own Civic Hybrid
has been trouncing it in sales, despite costing a few grand more. As well, budget-minded buyers may soon be able to buy a sweet Fit sedan
that returns decent fuel economy figures and is more fun to drive.
We asked, but Honda is not ready to give out any details. Honda public relations manager Chris Martin returned our call to remind us that the automaker doesn't comment on rumors, giving us the old "can neither confirm nor deny" bit. That sure doesn't sound like the message Honda would give if the Insight were sticking around.
The more we think about it, though, the less compelling the business case for this vehicle becomes. Indeed, if the Insight falls from the lineup, we're pretty sure it won't really be missed. If you feel differently, however, let us know in the comments.
2015 Honda Insight facing cancellation originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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