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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:26   #1
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Talking Honda Insight is "Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/dri...ffset=0&page=1


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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:34   #2
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"Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, you’d have to sit a dog on a ham slicer."
Wow, that's pretty darn bad!
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:38   #3
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yea its the only car he ever wanted to crash into a tree just so he could stop driving it lol
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:45   #4
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"Oh dear! I don't like the noise that car makes! It's icky! And the transmission? It's positively horrid! And all that global warming nonsense? It's a load of c**p."

Or maybe it's Clarkson's writing that's a load of c**p.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:14   #5
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The Top Gear crew are entertaining, but I prefer to make up my own mind on such matters.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:21   #6
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He is entertaining for sure, but he doesn't know his technical subject matter from a pile of poo. Talk about ravings of a mad man. Methinks he can upgrade the rants into something meaningful AND entertaining.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:23   #7
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I saw the TopGear the other day where they drive the Prius as fast as they can around their track and Jeremy follows in a BMW M3 just fast enough top keeps up with it.

The prius got 17MPG ... the M3 got 19MPG! It was pretty funny.
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Did you guys click on pages 2 and 3? I enjoyed that, thanks Antsrcool.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:38   #9
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Wow. Got hyperbole? Not sure he understands the purpose of a CVT. It's to keep the engine at the torques peak to optimize the acceleration, and consequently you won't hear a rise in RPM. Change is difficult for many.
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I think that most people make buying decisions on an emotional level, not by having any real understanding of the technology they drive. All GC is doing is providing top notch entertainment, for the most part.

I think, based on the article, I would be inclined to test drive the insight so that I could form my own opinions. GC does give you some things to take a second look at....................
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:55   #11
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Clarkson certainly has a lot of fun reviewing cars!
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Old May 19th, 2009, 15:11   #12
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He makes an excellent point though; why did honda make a half-baked Prius, when they could have devoted more of their resources to their hydrogen car?

And he has many valid points about the actual energy used to make the Insight as well. That mine in Canada where most of the Nickel used in batteries comes from, is a wasteland. Humans are the only life found there for miles. No flora, no fauna. And then they use how much energy to ship it to Japan, then from there to ship the product to England? How "Earth-Friendly" is it?
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And he has many valid points about the actual energy used to make the Insight as well. That mine in Canada where most of the Nickel used in batteries comes from, is a wasteland. Humans are the only life found there for miles. No flora, no fauna. And then they use how much energy to ship it to Japan, then from there to ship the product to England? How "Earth-Friendly" is it?
Which mine is that exactly?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 15:32   #14
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Clarkson's writing is nothing more than humor for the masses who, like himself, know just enough about the subject to be dangerous. I find him, his writing, and his presentations tiresome.

Honda's hybrid implementation is interesting in that it appears to approximate the operation of the Toyota HSD system (e.g. Prius,) presumably without stepping on their patents.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 15:40   #15
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One of the things I liked about the Insight the first time around was the fact that you could buy one with a manual transmission. I suppose that's out, this time around?
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