The new Civic Hybrid you've wanted isn't called Civic.
Honda is serious this time around about the Insight hybrid sedan. The first and second generation models were good enough for their respective eras, but neither was particularly stylish or refined enough to go mainstream. Honda is hoping that'll all change now that the third generation Insight has officially begun production in Indiana. The automaker's announcement also declares a $61.5 million investment in not only the Greensburg, Indiana, production facility, but also in three Ohio plants that contribute to the Insight's powertrain.
This huge investment is part of the Honda Electrification Initiative, which aims for two-thirds of its global auto sales to be electrified by 2030. Electrified powertrains will be added to all of Honda's core models over the next several years, and it all begins now with the 2019 Insight. "The new Honda Insight exemplifies our growing investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America and our associates in Indiana are proud to play a key role in this initiative," said Isao Matsuzaki, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. "As the lead plant for Insight production globally, we are committed to delivering the quality and reliability that our customers expect."
The 2019 Insight is slated to arrive in Honda dealerships early this summer, slotting in nicely between the Civic and Accord. Actually, it's based on the Civic, so consider it the Civic Hybrid that Honda doesn't build. With a combined fuel economy of 55 mpg, three trims levels will be offered: LX, EX and Touring. Power comes from a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine that is built in Ohio. Its hybrid battery pack is assembled at a separate Ohio plant which also happens to produce the also new 2019 Accord Hybrid. Official 2019 Honda Insight pricing will be announced closer to the on sale date.