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Old 07-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda's Prius fighter - spy shots

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Honda has acknowledged that not having an instantly-recognizable hybrid-only model since the demise of the Insight (still modern-looking today) has taken a toll. While the company offers the Civic Hybrid, that car lacks the green cachet that Toyota has very successfully cultivated with the Prius. So, Honda made no secret that a new hybrid-exclusive model was coming, and wouldn't you know -- it's very reminiscent of the Prius!
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man, I have spent about 10 minutes comparing that to a prius... if it's not a Prius body with a Honda drivetrain then it is REALLY REALLY REALLY damn close, the only difference I can see is the shape of the rear door is slightly different in the way it follows the wheel well.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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copying the prius, or reaching for the same goal? If two people went out to design a ball, they'd come back with the same design, too. Maybe this is the "typical" car of the future.
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It's hard to tell, but even on the emblem area on the grill looks like Toyota.
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I think it's just that close. There are actually lots of detail differences, but the basic shape says: "Look! I'm a hybrid!", as well as "Cd .26" (or thereabouts) both of which Honda is after.
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Looks like a carbon copy of a Pius to me....
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Not surprising, since it's based on the FCX Clarity.



This is what low Cd production cars look like.
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If that's the most efficient design, I suppose a lot of other cars will start looking like that. Keep in mind, however, that that sloping hood was designed/used by Dodge and Honda for years before Toyota adopted (copied?) it.
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Are you sure that isn't a toyota test vehicle just running around to make honda look goofy?

No seriously, I guess that means that the shape is an inherently good aero / size/ space compromise and the people who can't stand the Prius shape ( I know a few) are just gong to have to put up with it.

Edit: Honda if your reading you forgot the rear wheel covers. And Toyota if you are reading you should install rear wheel covers to beat Honda to the punch.
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I think the clarity looks a TON better then the honda test vehicle whatever it is, maybe it's just the coverups on it, maybe it's because the test vehicle is a prius and I don't care for the prius shape (I know it's pretty close to ideal and i'd take one in a heart beat but i still don't like what they look like). It seems the clarity and the honda test are not alike at all looking at them...?

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