Honda has released the first picture of the production version of the new Insight hybrid, which is billed as the most affordable car of its type.
It’s certainly a world away from the original Insight coup. That model, launched in 1999, used aluminium and plastic to achieve a kerbweight of less than a tonne, and returned economy of around 80mpg. Becasue of the car's specialist design, only 18,000 were sold.
The new version is a different proposition. When it first broke cover a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, its combination of packaging and practicality wowed the crowds.
The battery pack needed for the electric power is stored under the boot floor and a set of small yet-powerful motors not only reduces costs, but also maximises cabin space.
Honda is aiming to sell 200,000 Insights a year globally. It will be the first of a new family of hybrids from the firm: next in line is the CR-Z sports car, followed by the Jazz supermini.Prices for the Insight will be announced in the new year, with sales starting in the spring.