Japanese pricing has been announced for the Honda Insight Hybrid. Base prices start at ¥1,890,000 (US$21,000) when the car goes on sale in Japan on Friday, February 6.

Honda has announced pricing for the Insight Hybrid vehicle. The Insight goes on sale in Japan on February 6 and will carry a price tag of ¥1,890,000 (US$21,000). In comparison its closest rival the Toyota Prius goes for about ¥2,383,500 (US$26,500).

The Honda Insight was officially revealed to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It's a five-seater sedan based on the FCX Clarity concept car of 2007. The Insight returns 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. These figures are possible thanks to its 1.3-litre aluminium petrol engine that combines with an ultra-thin brushless electric motor that is approximately 22% thinner and approximately 15% lighter than previous-generation technology. Together the two systems work to give a driving range of up to 400 miles (644km) to the Insight. A CVT gearbox drives the wheels.

Safety systems included are ABS braking with EBD, six airbags and front head restraints. Comfort levels are increased by the inclusion of climate control and MP3/ CD/ radio combo. A higher-spec version also has a USB input port and sat-nav.


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