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Old 09-04-2008, 01:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MazdaMatt View Post
So obviously everyone will mention the lack of skirts... that aside... why the heck do the rear wheels look like 14s and the fronts look like 18s?

I applaud their efforts to make market penetration a priority over ultimate efficiency. Getting 200,000 people to save 10gallons is better than getting 20,000 people to save 20 gallons. They kept it "conventional" and lowballed the hybrid price point.
The wheels look different sizes because of "perspective". You are not looking at a photograph either, but a CGI image.

What did you expect the car to look like any ways? There are only so many ways to squeeze 5 people into a box that passes all the safety regulations. And marketing told them that Americans like their hybrids to look different, not just a variant of an existing model. As far as "lowballing" the price, I think Honda expects to MAKE money off this unit. This isn't a market experiment like the original Insight, this is Honda's strike directly at Toyota.
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