Prius and Insight: resistance is futile
Dan Trent writes: Two of the world’s biggest, most advanced carmakers
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the new third-generation Toyota Prius:
And this is the all-new Honda Insight. Or is it the Toyota? Hang on…
C’mon guys, I mean, really! If the car industry is trying to convince us hybrids and fuel cells are the way forward why do they insist on making the cars using this technology so, well, dorky. Toyota reckons the Prius needs to look the way it does to ensure world-beating aerodynamics and a drag coefficient of 0.25. But Mercedes has managed the same figure with the new E-Class, which while admittedly controversial at least has something to say for itself design-wise and proves there’s life in the old three-box saloon yet.
There’s no reason why alternative fuel cars can’t be as sexy as their internal combustion equivalents. And until they are, making us give up our V8s is going to be an uphill struggle. Some of Honda’s concepts look like a step in the right direction – let’s just hope they turn out more inspiring than the Insight.
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