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Honda starts production of new Insight hybrid in Indiana

NOT a dorkmobile like the Clarity

Honda announced that it began building its third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana this week.

The company first introduced a concept version of the car at the Detroit auto show in January, and showed the production version in New York in March.

This is the third generation of the Insight, which was the first hybrid to reach the United States as a tiny aluminum two-seater with a 3-cylinder engine in 1999.

When second-generation of the Insight graduated into something like a Civic hatchback, it found more buyers, but still couldn't compete with the more grown-up and fuel-efficient Toyota Prius, whose mold it seemed to copy.

The new Insight drops the hatchback and moves to a sedan format that looks very much like a Civic sedan with the nose of a new Accord and the tail of a 10-year old one.

(More at Green Car Reports)

This hybrid may be assembled (put together from manufactued parts) and may have U.S. made parts, but it was designed and produced by a Japanese brand. So it is a Japanese imported hybrid.

If a domestic brand does buy out the entire brand, then it is American.

There is no such thing as an American Honda!
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