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Honda to revive Insight nameplate on Prius-rivaling hybrid, other details emerge

Hond's Insight was the first hybrid to hit the U.S. market in 1999, but the tiny hatchback ceased production in 2006 due to practicality issues. However, a new report indicates that there is a good possibility that Honda will revive the Insight nameplate for its all-new Prius-rivaling model.

In addition to recycling the Insight name, Honda is also expected to equip the new hybrid with the same 1.3L Integrated Motor Assist system found in the current-generation Honda Civic Hybrid. Although the new Insight will be loosely based on the Fit, it will measure in at 3 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the Fit.

One Honda insider told AutoObserver.com that the Insight's fuel economy would be "insane", with some Japanese sources predicting mileage as high as 71 mpg. Actually mileage will likely lower when it hits our shores, but the Prius-rival will likely achieve 50 to 55 mpg.

And if those lofty fuel-economy numbers weren't enough to cause an instant waiting list for the new hybrid, the next-generation Insight could list from as little as $19,000 - undercutting the Toyota Prius by thousands.

The new Insight is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show, but Honda could also wait until November's Los Angeles Auto Show. Whatever the case, the new five-door hybrid should hit U.S. Honda dealers early next year.