AD #2257 – Honda Revives the Insight Hybrid, Jeep Refreshes the Cherokee, New Styling Trends

December 20th, 2017 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:36

0:29 Jeep Refreshes the Cherokee
1:18 GM Spends Billions to Boost Shareholder Value
2:44 Audi Tests Exoskeleton Technology
3:17 Honda Revives the Insight Hybrid
4:43 New Styling Trends

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16 Comments to “AD #2257 – Honda Revives the Insight Hybrid, Jeep Refreshes the Cherokee, New Styling Trends”

  1. buzzerd Says:

    To get some “insight” on how stubborn Honda can be just check out the history of the NR750. Pretty wild technology they abandoned once they got it to work.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think Honda’s error (with hybrids) was trying to compete for the Prius crowd; now with their more mainstream styling, they are going after the Malibu and Camry hybrids (among others); I think they have a better chance now.

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    Speaking of two-tone paint schemes, before the new Traverse was launched, I saw some spy shots or computer renderings (who can tell these days), of a two tone treatment that looked great and was speculated to be available on the High Country trim level. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be in the works, unless they are saving it for a mid-cycle enhancement. I thought it made the new Traverse look even more trucky and upscale.

  4. David Sprowl Says:

    I dunno.. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck…. Don’t much care how much you paint and polish and SUV, it’s still a modernized version of the tried and true station wagon. How I miss passenger cars.

  5. lambo2015 Says:

    Hopefully GMs stock buyback initiative, is in preparation of the potentially drastic change in the automotive market. If AVs or EVs take off as some predict large automakers had better have a large chunk of cash available to buy the technology or companies they need to remain on top. (if they haven’t developed it themselves) IMO a small start up company could develop a new battery that makes EVs out-perform ICE and whoever can afford to buy the company will have a huge advantage over the competition.

  6. lambo2015 Says:

    Blake Greenfield Chevrolet in Minnesota is offering retro style two-tone paint jobs on new pick-ups. Actually looks better than I thought it would.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I drove the 2010 Insight back to back with the 3rd generation Prius, and the choice of which to buy was very easy. The Prius was faster, roomier, quieter, and rode better. I didn’t know when I bought my 2010 Prius that the Toyota also got significantly better mpg, but I would have bought it any anyway. It will be interesting to see how this new Insight turns out, but it might be competitive. The most recent Accord hybrid works well.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From what I can find, this new Insight will be a sedan, not a liftback. That is a Civic hybrid, not an Insight.

  9. buzzerd Says:

    @lambo – I like the retro paint, I wouldn’t want one but I can see how someone would.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the retro tail gate.

  11. Lex Says:

    I wish Jeep refresh of the Cherokee made it look more like the Compass and Grand Cherokee.
    Those new headlamps have a girlie look to them.
    They should have been broader IMHO.

  12. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Lambo2015 – I’m with you, I like the retro look on that truck. Would love to see what it looks like out on the road next to other modern cars/trucks.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Given that customers pay $1000 for cheap looking black wheels, I bet they would pay $2000 or more for cool looking two tone paint jobs. The OEM’s should exploit that.

  14. Chuck Grenci Says:

    My Dad had a ’56 Bel Air in two tone blue; I liked that car’s appearance. As I grew older I didn’t particularly like two-toned vehicles but I ended up buying a two tone Jeep Cherokee in ’88; it in silver and grey so I guess you never know. From the offerings shown on the show, I’m still not a fan; but never say never (as they say).

    @Kit #7
    The Prius was quieter than the Insight……wow, the only Prius I’ve ridden in sounded like a bolt in a tin can (noisy).

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A Prius isn’t particularly quiet, but wss quieter than the 2010 Insight. Most published tests agreed with my impressions. My 2010 Prius was the first year of the 3rd generation. I suspect each generation of Prius is quieter than the one before. The 4th generation is quieter than the 3rd, but you’d never confuse the noise level with a Lexus LS, or today’s Buicks.

  16. Sunrack Says:

    The SUV “shark fin” could be renamed the “Ornas kick” as I believe Ted Ornas first used this kicked up rear beltline (C-pillar) to hide the spare tire location on the 71 Scout II.