Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia.
General Motors and Honda are partnering again -- this time on the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Under the deal, Honda will buy battery modules based on the next generation of GM's battery system.
American Honda's new automobile division chief, Henio Arcangeli Jr., has spent his first six months on the job meeting ambitious dealers, balancing supplies of the Accord and CR-V and keeping a tight rein on spiffs at a company where the bar is high.
Honda confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator had ruptured in a fatal crash earlier this week in Malaysia in what appears to be the 23rd death worldwide linked to the faulty part that can emit deadly metal fragments.