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Euro Honda Insight ’10 fuel economy in brochure and first drives

Full complete Insight details and all offical specs here: Insight blog entry

Official Insight US: US Insight brochure, Honda US Insight Page
Brochure Insight UK: http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/_assets/downloads/insight/Insight.pdf

Update 3/26/2009: Insight vs Prius III comparison by motortrend (video link):

   

UPDATE 3/10/2009: Official US pricing: LX starts at $19,800, available starting March 24th
UPDATE 1/12/2009: First tests: Edmunds first drive, Edmunds Insight ’10 vs Prius ’09, Car & driver, Road & Track, Motortrend fuel economy video, Motor Trend, Automobile, Popular mechanics, TOV HD video driving, TOV HD video interior.
UPDATE 1/11/2009: Full official US specs can be found here: US Insight Hybrid Specs

After Japan brochure scans ‘leaked’ and specs from a Japanese mag, Insight specs show up in a Belgium model line brochure: Honda 2009 Brochure Belgium. Assuming this is an official brochure you get the numbers below. Note in Europe lowest grade is higher than US which might explain part of better fuel economy (rest is due to different test methods).

  Europe ECE

l / 100km

km / l    (US mpg)*

Civic Hybrid

Prius II

City

4.6

21.7 km/l  (52mpg)

+13%

+9%

Highway

4.2

23.8 km/l  (57mpg)

+2%

0%

Combined

4.4

22.7 km/l  (54mpg)

+5%

-2%

* Note EPA numbers are typically 20% lower than Euro fuel economy standards

According to expected US EPA comparison strange enough it’s less efficient:

  US EPA

l / 100km

US mpg

Civic Hybrid

Prius II

Prius III

City

4.6

40

0%

-20%

-23%

Highway

4.2

43

-2%

-5%

-16%

Combined

4.4

41

-2% 

-12%

-20%

EPA tests were with ECON off. Note however Popular mechanics did a 200mile comparison test between the Insight 2010 and the current Prius and found similar mileage (Insight slightly more efficient). Edmunds did a very similar test and found the Prius 6% more fuel efficient (which would take 75 years to recap the added cost). They achieved 51.5 mpg in their test for the Insight and 65 mpg was the average in a small Honda contest between several reviewers. CO2 is down to 101 from 109 g/km. The new Prius is about 9% more fuel efficient than the current model and has an EPA rating of 49/50mpg. I’ve updated the table above.

UPDATE: HybridCars tested the Prius III in a Toyota organized event and the average for the group of journalists was about 70mpg. That’s about 9% more fuel efficient than Honda’s event but note this was a a different location and route. That’s not enough for most people to recoup the extra costs in Europe. However in the US the Prius III price was announced to start at $21K. The base model won’t be available for several months and base equipment hasn’t announced yet.

Pricing

Pricing was released on March 10th for the US. The LX costs $19,800 and the EX $21,300. The EX has vehicle skid control (which I think should be standard really). So the cost difference when including VSC between Insight and other Hybrids isn’t really as big as anticipated (perhaps due to the exchange rates): $2350 less than Civic and $800 less than Prius 2010 level 2 (with VSC). In Europe the difference is much bigger since VSC is standard on their models (4K Euro’s). However only the EX will be available in Europe first 6 months (then difference is about 2400).

Prius 2010 pricing was just announced and will start at $21K for base model which won’t be available for several months (most likely it will have VSC standard). The ‘regular’ model will start at $22K. All models would include VSC. So price difference is only $800 for VSC models.

In Europe pricing will start (in the Netherlands) at 19,950 Euro but the more comparable LX model would start at 20,950 Euro (and EX 22,600 Euro). This includes sales tax.  The LX would come in September.

UPDATE 1/17/2009: Edmunds first drive:

UPDATE 1/4/2009: European Insight Production photo’s here: Jalopnik: Euro Insight photos and autoweek (click to get larger picture):
 

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