Honda Insight unveiled in Prototype form

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Honda is resurrecting the Insight nameplate - a five-passenger gasoline-electric hybrid sedan - to be slotted above the Civic and will show a prototype at the Detroit auto show next month.

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will use the latest version of the company's 2-motor hybrid system and is slated to be launched next summer.

"With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda's approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs", said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda.

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The funky-looking two-door Insight came out in 1999 and got 70 miles per gallon on the highway. Honda followed up with the second-generation Insight in 2009 (which looked like a warmed-over Pr ius) and the CR-Z, which was in essence the true successor for the first-generation Insight. Up front, the Insight takes its styling cues from the new 2018 Honda Accord, and its rear end is far cleaner than what you'd find on the Civic.

As with earlier Prototype models, including the CR-V Hybrid and Civic Si coupe, the design of the production Insight should differ only slightly from the vehicle seen here, with any changes likely confined to the tail-lamp graphics, bumpers and alloy wheels.

Honda's Greensburg plant will add a third model to its production line next year when it begins manufacturing the automaker's new Insight hybrid. In the United States, the new Insight will be "positioned above the Civic".

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