Honda’s new Insight hybrid – considered an affordable vehicle at $20,000 – has reportedly become a best seller in Japan. In the U.S., it recently received poor marks from Consumer Reports, which criticized its ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration and rear-seat access. Out of 22 current hatchbacks and small wagons rated by the magazine, the Insight ranked 21st.
The end may not yet be near, but recent statements by two of the world’s biggest automakers point to the fact that the industry has begun to plan for a dramatic decline in vehicles that are powered solely by internal combustion engines.
At the recent Autodesk Accelerate event in Boston, the director of product development for a niche hypercar firm replied "no, no, no" to three answers he got for what makes a car go faster. What was the right response?
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