The way the Insight looks is probably the most controversial subject surrounding Honda's hybrid. Although there are several hybrid models available, wearing various badges, the fight for the leading position in this segment has came down to only two names: Honda Insight and Toyota Prius.
The second generation Insight has always been criticized for being too Prius-like, as the design of the two is, from certain points of view, very similar. But there's a trustful explanation for this and, as far as we're concerned, it can be used as a backup excuse by each of the two.
In order for a hybrid to be as efficient as possible, it has to comply with several requirements, one of which is possessing a superior drag coefficient. In its turn, such an aspect depends on several exterior elements which are more or less contributing to the car's aerodynamics and thus change the way the vehicle interacts with the air flow.
As a result, both companies focused on the same parts of the car and the resulting design was fairly similar, exactly what we can all see today on Toyota's Prius and Honda's Insight.
Furthermore, Honda cannot be accused of copying Toyota's design. Mostly because the first-generation Insight was born a few months before the Prius so it's actually a “who copied whom?” kind of discussion.
The Insight is, just like the Prius, said to be optimized for superior aerodynamics that would further support the hybrid designation and return improved mileage figures. The front end is somewhat enjoyable, with three-line grille, designed to support the car in the way it interacts with the air flow, encasing the Honda badge.
The lateral and the rear sides are the ones that have drawn criticism all over the world. The rear is all about the two-section rear window that's divided into separate pieces by a rear spoiler lid that houses the third brake lamp.
The car measures 4395x1695x1425mm / 173x66.7x56.1 inches (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 2545mm (100 inches), slightly different as compared to the Prius – 4460x1745x1490mm / 175x68.7x58.6 inches, wheelbase of 2700mm (106 inches).Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
This is the kind of car that might make me go... ahem... bankrupt. This is exactly that type of car that makes me hate every single man involved in production, from the... ahem... designer that first put his pen on his paper to the one that makes the final touches. You do realize that I'm one of the... ahem... petroleum magnates, don't you?
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