TOKYO -- The Honda Insight is back, this time with room for three more passengers.
Honda has revived the model name for the long-awaited dedicated hybrid vehicle tasked with taking on the Toyota Prius. And like its rival, it will be a five-door, five-passenger hatchback.
A concept version of the new Insight will debut at the Paris motor show in October, the company announced today. The car is expected to hit European showrooms in the first half of 2009.
The name is a carryover from Hondas first crack at the hybrid segment. The first generation Insight was billed as the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.
But the first generation had just two seats and sold only 17,001 units from its launch in 1999 to 2006, when production ended. It was easily eclipsed by Toyotas Prius, which has sold more than 1 million since 1997 and remains the worlds best selling hybrid vehicle.