• jim Posted: 11/16/2010 7:48pm PST

    We bought our Insight over Memorial Day weekend and now have more than 7600 miles on it. I can't understand why more U.S car buyers haven't fallen in love with the Insight as much as I have. I can't understand the slamming this car is getting on the internet.
    "Noisy" wrote one user. Well, the doors go Ker-thunk when you close them, and it's almost as quiet as the Grand Cherokee I traded in. There is the unique sound of the CVT transmission, but it isn't unpleasant, just different. I think of it as the sound of money. We're getting 43.7 mpg in mostly in-town driving.

  • Iris Posted: 2/7/2010 9:06am PST

    We have been waiting for the Honda Fit Hybrid and now I have been reading that there is some uncertainty about its release this fall. The Prius and Insight are not practical enough. Since we only have one car, we want something that is utilitarian and can be used for carrying, camping, shopping, and traveling. We also want a car that is not expensive, mechanically sound, structually safe, and an environmentally responsible--- with outstanding gas milage. The Fit seems to come close to filling that need. We hope it will be available in the fall or 2010.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 2/2/2010 6:40pm PST

    @Doug: You may very well know more than I about factory capacity (though capacity could've shifted to accommodate reduced demand). However, it's very clear that Honda set a sales goal of 200,000 Insight units worldwide, and that the company will be lucky to make 75% of that total. That's the problem.

  • R2Dad Posted: 2/2/2010 12:59pm PST

    What happened to those diesel engines we were promised? Sounds like Japan got bad advice from the sales channel, or ignored the advice they got. If Honda is happy with a me-too offering, they will get me-too sales figures as a reward for being sheep. So, keep making the Insight to combat the Prius while developing the doppleganger: Clarity.
    The environmental bar has been raised--why has management been so timid in leveraging their technological advantage?
    "So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak."
    - Sun Tzu

  • fb_1133392435 avatar Doug Posted: 2/2/2010 9:06am PST

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Insight factory is operating at capacity. Yes, sales in the US are disappointing, but they are selling all they can make to other markets.
    If they're selling all that the factory can build, where's the problem?

  • ebirah Posted: 2/2/2010 8:48am PST

    I know that Honda loves to do things its own special way but they really need rework the IMA system before using on the Fit or any other vehicle. The competition is too fierce now ...