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Insight testing spotted in India

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Honda is not giving up on the 3rd gen Insight. Looks like they're preparing to launch in more countries.

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some sort of BS6 emissions test rig haphazardly strapped to the rear there I guess.

Like this one or this one.
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Looks the same as my 2019 Touring
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All Insights are produced at same US plant in Greensburg, IN, and look the same from exterior. It's just the interior features that differ by region; some of the differences are mentioned in this thread - https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/25...ted-seats.html

I kind of buy what Honda says re: India being a test location for temperature/traffic/road conditions, rather than India being a new launch place. The car is large and higher priced compared to other cars in India. If Honda was preparing to launch it in India, I think they'd be 'proud' to announce it (free press), rather than downplaying it as mentioned in the article quote.
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"TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co (7267.T) slashed its annual profit and global sales outlook to a four-year low, citing a firmer yen and bleak business in both India and its main market of North America, even as it unveiled plans to buy back $915 million shares. [...] The company cut its outlook for global group auto sales to 4,975,000 vehicles, versus a previous forecast of 5,110,000, for the current financial year."

"The world’s No.4 auto market [India] has gone into a tailspin this year amid tight liquidity, high taxes and a weak rural economy. The Indian market is contracting at a very rapid rate," said Honda Executive Vice President Seiji Kuraishi. "I must say, we are struggling there."

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I kind of buy what Honda says re: India being a test location for temperature/traffic/road conditions, rather than India being a new launch place. The car is large and higher priced compared to other cars in India. If Honda was preparing to launch it in India, I think they'd be 'proud' to announce it (free press), rather than downplaying it as mentioned in the article quote.
I must of missed that part when reading the article.

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Speculation in India is that the testing foreshadows a hybrid for the next-gen "City" model (subcompact), which is Honda's best-selling sedan in India. India accounts for 25% of the City's global sales volume. - https://www.carblogindia.com/honda-i...ting-in-india/

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Speculation in India is that the testing foreshadows a hybrid for the next-gen "City" model (subcompact), which is Honda's best-selling sedan in India. India accounts for 25% of the City's global sales volume. - https://www.carblogindia.com/honda-i...ting-in-india/

Look it's a baby Insight!

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Look it's a baby Insight!
I wish Honda offered sedans this size in the US, without having to downgrade to a Fit. The size of the Honda City is akin to the size of prior generations of the Civic when it was a "true" compact car by EPA definition.
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I wish Honda offered sedans this size in the US, without having to downgrade to a Fit. The size of the Honda City is akin to the size of prior generations of the Civic when it was a "true" compact car by EPA definition.
I don't buy small cars like the FIT because I get anxiety driving them on the highway surrounded by SUVs/Trucks. The Insight felt a little too wide for me at first but I think it's perfect now that I've adjusted.

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