• Jack Posted: 7/16/2008 8:12pm PDT

    haha they are so busted. Bring on the Fit Hybrid.
    Looks like they've made liberal use of their Homeland Security stockpile of duct tape. :-)

  • Tom L Posted: 7/16/2008 8:53pm PDT

    That looks like a carbon copy of the Prius. Come on guys, show some originality.

  • smokeonit Posted: 7/16/2008 9:44pm PDT

    yes, i thought it's the 2010 prius mule...

  • Gary R. Posted: 7/16/2008 10:37pm PDT

    Why doesn't Honda save themselves some R&D money, and just put the original Insight back into production?
    Thanks for the photos.

  • Rokeby Posted: 7/16/2008 11:39pm PDT

    Good golly, Miss Molly!
    That car looks strikingly similar to -- no, let's say congruent with the
    shape of the current Prius.
    Maybe they should name it the HINDSIGHT... as in 20-20.

  • Juandiquez Posted: 7/17/2008 2:53am PDT

    That's funny. it's like the chopped the front end off of a prius and a honda, swapped the two, and welded them back together. where's the honda with a prius front end? lol.

  • paul gs Posted: 7/17/2008 5:09am PDT

    Gary, the Insight was a two seater and sales numbers were small. I do hope Honda uses the Insight name though.
    My bet is the new hybrid will look very much like the FCX Clarity hrydogen car.

  • Wayne K Posted: 7/17/2008 8:02am PDT

    Ok, seriously, I love the spy shots, but are we sure that this is a Honda? It looks like a Prius with a generic grill. I seriously hope that Honda takes a bit of originality with the upcoming Hybrid only car. The insight was a great Hybrid only, but too limited on space for most of the buying public.

  • RODDY Posted: 7/17/2008 9:07am PDT

    Come on guys.....Honda said the car would resemble the FCX Clarity and it does. They will sell a ton.

  • ACURA23CL Posted: 7/17/2008 9:49am PDT

    They say.."Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"...but, a COMPLETE knock-off!?!?! What the hell Honda?!? For a moment I thought those were false camo body panels made to imitate the Prius, but no, that's actual sheet metal. Honda, you hafta stop hiring Toyota's designers!!! First, the 2009 TL goes all Lexus GS on us, and now THIS!!! Don't get me wrong, the 2009 TL looks great, but where's the originality???

  • ACURA23CL Posted: 7/17/2008 9:53am PDT

    I wouldn't be surprised if they used ACTUAL Prius body panels for this...LMAO...WTF!

  • Ed Posted: 7/17/2008 10:48am PDT

    The prius has worked great for Toyota, but copying its ugly shape so shamelessly will NOT work fro Honda.
    They Still do NOT get it. Hybrid drivers pay aN ARM AND A LEG above similar non-hybrid cars and want to LOOK different as well, and at the time that Toyota is coming out with its THIRD generation Prius, Honda buyers sure WILL NO|T accept that their honda hybrid looks like Toyota's OLD NEWS Prius II!
    Get a grip, Honda!!!

  • razvan Posted: 7/17/2008 11:23am PDT

    hope it won't be this ugly when it's ready

  • Jay Posted: 7/17/2008 12:24pm PDT

    I'm laughing so hard I had to close the door to my office.
    What a joke! I don't think honda has designers on staff just people that trace.

  • Michael H Posted: 7/17/2008 3:30pm PDT

    I have to agree with 'paul gs', I think it will more like the Clarity than anything.

  • Brian T. Posted: 7/17/2008 9:18pm PDT

    honda should seriously consider a Fit Hybrid....I bet this new hybrid wiil cost more than 30K. We need affortable hybrids here, hybrids these days are just too expensive!

  • David A. Wright Posted: 7/18/2008 2:20am PDT

    I agree with the often spoken (written?) consensus that the car looks too much like a Prius. But maybe that's Honda's intent? Manufacturers go to great lengths to disguise their cars.
    However, the car seems to have been shot in Death Valley. Honda's R&D center is near Mojave and it's been my observation that Honda's seldom roam on public roadways since they have such a big playground of their own. However, it gets far hotter in Death Valley then Mojave, so maybe they couldn't resist trying out that newfangled hybrid AC system to the max ...

  • Joe Lyons Posted: 7/18/2008 6:18am PDT

    Are you sure this isnt a Prius? Looks like a Prius!Look at the badge on the grille (covered in tape)-its round and last time I checked the Honda symbol was not quite square!

  • Pat Posted: 7/18/2008 3:11pm PDT

    1 word - disappointed. The reason my wife and I bought the Civic Hybrid was looked good and Escape hybrid was for function (hauling large objects - the home depot runs). I saw spy photos earlier that were of the Honda Airwave rumored to be the next hybrid, which I was excited about, looked good, would be functional and have good mileage. I don't want to see another Prius on the road.

  • rkstr Posted: 7/19/2008 10:18am PDT

    The grille is exactly like the Clarity. The dash also appears to be like a Civic. It's a double-decker with the speedo on top.

  • ssm Posted: 7/21/2008 12:27pm PDT

    Give them time. I am sure it will look nothing like the Prius when production hits, although it does now. The only drawback of the Civic Hybrid (compared to the Prius) is the non-folding rear seat. This looks like a hatch, hopefully with folding rear seats.

  • Ron Posted: 7/28/2008 5:26am PDT

    just take the Clarity fuel cell car body as inspiration, Honda. That looks very nice, and much better than the Prius.

  • Raul Posted: 8/1/2008 1:32pm PDT

    Man... I sure hope it resembles Clarity. I would buy it in an instance!!

  • Art Posted: 8/5/2008 10:17pm PDT

    Look closely at the pictures - that car has Dunlop tires. Dunlop provides OEM tires for Toyota. Every Honda I've ever owned came with Michelins from the factory. Sorry kids - but that's a 2010 Prius.

  • Kyle Posted: 8/9/2008 3:03am PDT

    The 'new green age' Mustang Vs. Camaro.....same car different emblems

  • RedGeminiPA Posted: 8/10/2008 10:45pm PDT

    This hybrid is inspired by the design of the FCX Clarity, which is a pure gem of aerodynamic design. I just read an article saying that Honda will use the Insight name for this and it should start with a base price under $18,500. The expected fuel economy is 50 - 70 mpg. The overall shape may have been inspired by the Prius, but is the result of pure wind tunnel testing. Remember the GM EV-1 electric car and the original Honda Insight? That basic shape is a must for the least amount of air resistance to achieve the best possible fuel economy. Any car designed to be a pure hybrid is sure to use a similar design for that reason. Honda will have a HUGE home run with this car if everything stays as expected with the starting price and the fuel economy numbers. Good job, Honda!

  • Tony Posted: 9/14/2008 2:44pm PDT

    Did anyone notice the 3 windshield wipers? Seems a bit unnecessary.