Honda Insight and Clarity Sales

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Viking79, Aug 1, 2018.

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  1. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    Looks like Honda Insight did very well in the first month of sales. Great to see given this is a similar powertrain to the Clarity. Now we just need a PHEV version of the Insight.

    Insight: 1,972
    Clarity (all): 1,615

    My guess is 90% of those Claritys are PHEV, so probably similar to last month.
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  3. bulls96

    bulls96 Member

    The Insight is actually pretty sweet. No surprise to me..

    If I was single and no kids, would have liked that. Like the clarity size and plug in side.

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  4. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    My dealer seems to be selling all the Insights as soon as they arrive. It's a winner so I'm happy to see that.
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  5. Hobbesgsr

    Hobbesgsr Active Member

    Likely Prius sales are affected. I assume most were cross shopping the Prius and decided on the Insight instead. It's better in every way IMO.
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  6. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    We sat in an Insight. Nice looking inside and out. Certainly better looking than a Prius. I think many will be disappointed it isn't a hatchback.
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  8. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    Prius (regular) sales are just sad this year (and for the last 39 months, where it has seen year to year declines). Sales this month are down like 60% from 2015. However, the Prius did sell more than twice as many as Insight (but given low insight supply I wouldn't be surprised to see it catch up to the Prius).

    What it means to us is more similar powertrain cars the easier it is for the dealers to work on them.
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  9. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    I was hoping my 4th Insight would continue the hatchback tradition. Unfortunately, all Civic hatchbacks are manufactured in the UK and Honda decided to make the new Civic-based Insight in Indiana.
  10. I've heard and have the impression that Americans prefer sedan over hatchback, while other parts of the world prefer hatchback, probably smaller footprint but more useful trunk space. They probably think making Insight a sedan will set it apart from Prius and attract sedan-preferred customers.

    Have owned both hatchback and sedan, I wish Clarity came as hatchback too.
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  11. Alantn

    Alantn Member

    I'm with you on wishing the Clarity as a hatchback. The same dealer we bought our Clarity wants $2000 extra "Market Adjustment" for the Insight.
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  13. BrettB

    BrettB New Member

    I was interested in the Insight and drove one; it's a nice car but having just driven the Clarity it was not really in the same league, and since the regular hybrids aren't eligible for the PHEV rebates, the net cost wasn't all that different. My biggest issue with it was that it seemed to work really hard getting up to speed on the highway - closest thing I've heard to "angry bees"! Still, if the Clarity hadn't existed (or hadn't had the associated rebates) then I think it would have been a contender. Interior was nicer than the Prius/Prius Prime and the Civic-like look is classy. I hope Honda is successful with both the Clarity and the Insight.
  14. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Active Member

    Every single person that I mention the Clarity, the first reaction is 'you only can go 50 miles??' That's why, the Insight is selling like hotcakes while some Claritys sit on the lot..
  15. ryd994

    ryd994 Active Member

    But Prius prime can do less than 30…………
  16. BrettB

    BrettB New Member

    Seems like most of my conversations about it start with "I get at least 50 miles on battery then it runs as a regular hybrid", which seems to summarize the basic premise of the car pretty well. But clearly Honda has some sales challenges in helping people understand just what this vehicle is.

    I do think that in my area people are becoming more familiar with PHEVs in general; there's a lot of Prius Primes around here...
  17. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    Ignorance is the norm.
  18. ryd994

    ryd994 Active Member

    The first challenge will be : teach dealers to charge the car before any test drive.
    Without any charge, the performance sucks, the noise sucks. With a level 2 station, they would sell much more Clarities.

    Only one out of five dealers I visited in Seattle area knows that, as of March.
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  19. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    If the Clarity looked as good as a Model S, or even as good as the new Insight, I believe it would be a much more popular car. I believed the Volt and the Prius Prime would break down the barriers to understanding PHEVs, but it doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to Clarity Plug-In Hybrid sales. Honda should have a traveling PHEV education team visiting all their dealers rather than counting on the dealers watching Honda's online dealer videos that explain the car.
  20. K8QM

    K8QM Active Member

    I liked this description from another thread earlier this year....

    So, I usually go with the it's a Tesla then a Prius explanation.

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