July 16, 2001
Frances Anderton wonders why the small, attractive, economical and environmentally friendly [part-electric, part-gas engine] Honda Insight is not more popular ("Green Dream Comes True," June 21). Sad to say, a valid reason to refrain from buying any of these small cars is that in an accident involving one of the ubiquitous SUVs, your chances of death or serious injury are enormously greater than if you were driving a larger vehicle. RICHARD BLACKER Santa Monica [The Honda Insight]
June 21, 2001 |
As a child growing up in the Georgian city of Bath, England, my fantasy environment was the futuristic America of skyscrapers and McDonald's milkshakes and fast, gutsy cars, like the Jolly Green Giant Chevrolet owned by my father's rich friend, Bob, in London. But later, as a bicycle-riding architecture student, my fascination for American machine-age culture was tempered by repugnance at its wastefulness and excess.
March 1, 2000 |
Shoppers who haven't already plunked down a deposit for one of Honda's hybrid gas-electric Insights may have a hard time finding one in Southern California in the next month or so. But the task apparently is not impossible. Officials at American Honda Motor Co. in Torrance say they don't expect the supply of two-seat Insights to outstrip advance orders for the car until the end of this month or later, when the factory in Japan starts shipping about 400 a month. Only 68 had been shipped to the U.
February 2, 2000 |
The two-seat Honda Insight hybrid car officially went on sale Dec. 15, but shoppers trying to find one at a Southern California Honda showroom will have about as much luck as a Yeti hunter in the Pacific Northwest. It's not that the Insight, with its dual gasoline and electric motors and 70-mile-per-gallon fuel rating, doesn't exist. It's just that every one that Honda Motor Co. has shipped to the U.S.
October 21, 1999 |
Honda has seen the future and it is the hybrid, a brave new stopgap that promises to give our damaged lungs and sooty cities a little more breathing room.