Production of the Honda Insight hybrid sedan will cease production in June to make room for the new Civic Hybrid and other hybrid models, Honda announced Thursday in a press release.
The Insight builds on the bodywork of the previous generation Civic, but is positioned as a more premium, dedicated hybrid model with unique styling. Honda said it is now changing its strategy to focus on hybrid versions of its core models, which it expects to account for 50% of sales for each model.
In addition to the Civic Hybrid, the automaker says it plans to launch a new version of the CR-V Hybrid this year, followed by the updated Accord Hybrid. However, the automaker did not discuss the launch date of the Civic Hybrid.
2022 Honda Insight
Meanwhile, the Indiana plant that is currently building the Insight will focus on making the CR-V, CR-V Hybrid and Civic hatchback, Honda said.
Offers up to 52 mpg EPA combined fuel economy rating, Insight basically switched to in recent model years and it previewed the more mature, refined look and feel offered on the current Civic.
Because of that styling connection, along with Honda previously offering a Civic Hybrid (final version canceled in 2015), we predicted that Honda will eventually replace the Insight with a hybrid based on the current-generation Civic.
2022 Honda Civic
Honda says it has sold more than 70,000 current-generation Insights since the hybrid sedan was introduced in 2018. Recently, gas prices spiked. driving demand for high mpg cars—Special hybrids.
Honda also stop incorporating explicit plug-ins after the 2021 model year. It previously canceled the Clarity Electric, leaving only the low-volume Clarity Fuel Cell that lasts through the 2022 model year.