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#91 of 178 Honda Insight "Targa Top" Model
Mar 20, 2005 (4:06 pm)
Hi. I just test drove a 2001 Insight and thought, "Wouldn't this be great if Honda also offered this hybrid as a coupe with a targa top similar to the old Del Sol model?" In fact, it could even look like the 2-seater Del Sol.
Granted, the weight would be a bit heavier to reinforce the vehicle and maybe a slight drop in mileage but to take the top off, stow it in the back would be great. The neat thing about this over a "rag-top" convertible is when the top is on, it's not only more secure but a lot quieter too.
Nobody yet produces an "open air" hybrid vehicle.
I think the Honda Insight would be a good candidate.
#92 of 178 Del Sol was biggest flop Honda made...
Mar 20, 2005 (8:53 pm)
and you won't see a Del Sol version of the Insight. The Indsight has horrible sales and is still a money loser for Honda. 2005 is tha last year and it is special order only.
Honda will be bringing a new smaller car next year (2006) named the Fit/Jazz to complete with the Scion and CE Corolla. There will also be a SI perfomance hatchback. Additionally there will also probably be a high fuel version, probably not a hybrid.
As soon as the clean sulpher is in effect in USA, Honda should start importing their diesel models. There will be several versions, including a probably 90 mpg Hybrid diesel manual shift car.
The Insight for all practical purposes is DEAD.
#93 of 178 Re: Del Sol was biggest flop Honda made... [midnightcowboy]
Mar 20, 2005 (11:40 pm)
Agreed the Del Sol never seemed to be a hit, which is puzzling for the following reasons:
1) I owned a VW convertible and had the top slashed and radio stolen. The Del Sol top would have acted like a hard top and probably prevented that from ever happening.
2) The Del Sol is quieter than a "Rag Top" convertible when the top is on.
3) You can roll down the glass rear window. A nice feature with the top on or off.
4) With the top off, you don't get the wind blowing directly on you. You feel it, but it's not blasting on you.
5) The storage section for the top (when off), is in the trunk. It holds it in place and you still have a lot of room for luggage. Not many two-seater convertibles can brag about that.
I'm merely pointing out that Honda could offer two available models of the Insight. A current "Hatchback" model and one like the Del Sol for a "Targa Style" model.
The Honda dealer in my area informed me that the Insight will be continued with a new redesigned body for 2006. Possibly the IMAS.
#94 of 178 Delivery Question?
Mar 23, 2005 (8:31 pm)
I have been a big fan of the Honda Insight for some time now. Here in Texas the dealers do not stock them nor will most dealers order them. I recently found a dealer with a red Insight with automatic transmision leftover from a local autoshow. I found it at a dealer and test drove it and fell in love. I put some money down, and ordered a silver 5 speed. (After convincing the salesman that I did not want the model currently in inventory. I was told not to expect the car for about 3 months. This was cool with me because I already own a car. Has anyone ordered an Insight? What was the time frame given for delivery? and was it accurate? Any troubles with ordering one?
Paul, Insightless in Texas
#97 of 178 Honda Insight Armrest
Apr 21, 2005 (10:26 am)
Has anyone found an after market armrest that is nice and works in a 2001 CVT? Thanks,Aldge
#98 of 178 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Apr 21, 2005 (1:10 pm)
If you own a hybrid vehicle and live in New England, a reporter would love to hear about your experience.
Please respond to jfallonedmunds.com by May 1, 2005 with your daytime contact info and any brief comments you care to share via e-mail.
#99 of 178 Talk to the Press
May 25, 2005 (4:47 am)
Consider buying a hybrid? Reconsider after you learned about the long wait? Whether or not you chose to add your name to the waiting list, a reporter is hoping to hear your perspective. Please respond to jfallonedmunds.com with your daytime contact info by May 27, 2005.