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Honda’s Insight petrol/electric hybrid car, to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will be the first such mass-produced vehicle to go on sale in Europe. It will beat Toyota’s Prius, which has been sold in Japan for the past two years, but will not be exported to Europe until mid-2000. The two-seater […]

Honda’s Insight petrol/electric hybrid car, to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will be the first such mass-produced vehicle to go on sale in Europe. It will beat Toyota’s Prius, which has been sold in Japan for the past two years, but will not be exported to Europe until mid-2000. The two-seater coupe has a three-cylinder, 1-litre VTEC engine, coupled with a DC brushless motor that boosts the car’s performance to the equivalent of a 1.5-litre engine. Honda said the Insight will be priced at under £20,000 and hopes to sell 200 in the UK next year.