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Why the Honda Insight Failed

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For the second time in its history the Honda Insight is pulled from the US market. And time it may be gone for good.

The like the Toyota Prius, is a hybrid. That means is no gasoline version and the model s or failure stands on consumer for hybrids alone. The Insight, with the CR-Z, the Civic and an Accord Hybrid, compose s 2014 model year offerings.

If you want a new one you ll have to one from dealer stock effective immediately Honda will no longer take for the Insight.

What went wrong the Honda Insight? Several including consumer perceptions and helped quash Insight The following are the chief reasons why the just did not have the vision to in this tough market.

1. Prius

Few people remember the original Honda Insight the Toyota Prius to the US market by six in the late 1990s. However, it t take Toyota long to and own the segment once the first-generation appeared.

I cannot say that the is a design magnet. It is not. it is a brilliant marketing effort has allowed Toyota to claim its credentials and shape the hybrid That market is owned by which sells more than all other manufacturers

In fact, before Ford along, Toyota had a 2-to-1 in the hybrid market.

And with four Prius to choose from plus Toyota and Lexus hybrids in the your selection of green seems almost limitless. established the benchmark by which all hybrids are judged and the Insight never compete.

2. Ford

Honda could accept place in the hybrid segment and be with that. Unfortunately for the Ford Motor Company had a idea, introducing its C-MAX line in late 2012 and its Fusion Hybrid along it.

Most likely Ford never overtake the Prius in sales. What Ford is is finding its own place in the market, by plug-in hybrids and standard alike. Indeed, Ford s (Energi) line is outselling the PHEV, quite an accomplishment for automaker. With the hybrid remaining so small, any Ford has come at the expense of everyone Toyota can afford to lose share points, but not Honda.

Ford s hybrid success has largely at Honda s expense.

3. Honda Products

Why buy a Honda when there are three Honda hybrid models to from? And those models are more interesting than the and may make a difference for Honda.

The is the model closest to the Insight in retailing from just It is a two-seat hybrid which it less practical than models, but given that is sticking with it demonstrates its appeal outstrips the Insight. s two remaining hybrids the Civic and Accord Hybrid are based on two popular model lines.

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Neither one has the polarizing look of hybrids, while also exceptional fuel economy.

not yet slated for the US market, the Honda Fit may take over where the left off. With Car and reporting a possible price of just $1,500 over the gas it could become the model replaces the Honda Insight.

4. Styling

I ve never been a fan of hybrid styling. I realize the are shaped the way that they are of extensive wind tunnel Sculpt these cars to a top coefficient of drag and you get a shape is virtually void of artistic

Although the Prius and the Insight similar body lines, the never looked quite We ll leave the first generation out of this discussion, a completely car with its own design idiosyncrasy. The interpretation was a jumbled mess: it has a not unlike the FCX Clarity and it resembles the generation Prius from its A to C It s hatchback design overwhelms its while its interior design is underwhelming.

Honda needed a hit with the but its blandtastic look assured it would eventually strike

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killer for the Honda Insight are all fuel-efficient gas-only models are hitting the market. In delivering 41 mpg in the and 44 mpg on the highway, the Insight certainly had the economy numbers to go with its output. Then again, the Fiesta, Mitsubishi Mirage, and the Corolla LE Eco are among several models that are within the efficiency range.

With more fuel-efficient available, the Insight s appeal has diminished further.

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HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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