Mark your calendars: Honda to reveal concept version of Prius-fighter this Thurs.

We’ve heard and seen (spy shots) all there is to hear and see about Honda’s upcoming dedicated hybrid model that will compete with the Toyota Prius. Well, this Thursday Honda is expected to show a concept version of the model this Thursday (Sept. 4th).

The car is expected to make its production debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show – the same time Toyota will show its next-generation Prius and dedicated Lexus hybrid model. The concept version that we’ll see this Thursday will also be displayed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show later next month.

What do we know so far about the new Honda hybrid? Well for one, Honda is considering reviving the ‘Insight’ name once used for its first hybrid model which ended year-round production in 2006. Power will come from a 1.3 liter engine mated to a nickel metal hydride battery allowing for a fuel-economy of more than 60mpg.

Honda is targeting 100,000 units annually with prices starting under $19,000.


Source: Just-Auto (via CarScoop)