Honda's new hybrid sports car concept may foreshadow a second generation Insight
Toyota isn't the only company looking to bring hybrid technology to small sports cars. Toyota unveiled its first hybrid sports car concept, the Volta, in 2004 and just recently showcased its FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept at the Detroit Auto Show.
Archrival Honda wants back into the game and will unveil its Small Hybrid Sports Concept at the Geneva Auto Show. Not much is known about the hybrid other than the fact that it was designed by Honda R&D Europe in Offenbach, Germany. And from the image on the right, the new car is miles ahead of the tadpole-esque Honda Insight.
AUTOCAR.co.uk believes that the concept will foreshadow the production version of the second generation Insight which is to be introduced in 2008. The car is expected to be similar in size to the current generation Civic and will be priced under the Toyota Prius.
The first generation Honda Insight was the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile to be sold in the United States. The tiny 2-seater weighed just 1,850 pounds, was powered by a 73HP 3-cylinder engine and achieved EPA mileage ratings of 60/66 MPG city/highway.
Also on tap for the Geneva Auto Show is a fully functioning FCX Concept. The concept will feature Honda's FC Stack which DailyTech profiled in September. Honda estimates that the FCX Concept will offer a driving range of 354 miles and a top speed of 100 MPH.
Toyota and Honda, however, aren't the only companies looking to bring hybrid and fuel cell technologies to the masses. GM is developing a "plug-in" gasoline-electric hybrid for production in 2009 while Ford is working on a flexible "HySeries Drive" platform to provide gasoline, diesel and fuel cell hybrid electric powertrain options.