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Honda shows it's not just trucks at this year's North American International Auto Show

Tracy Samilton
Prototype of new Honda Insight

The theme of this year's North American International Auto Show is trucks - with a new RAM from Fiat Chrysler, a new Silverado from GM, and a new Ranger from Ford.  

But Honda is showing off a prototype of something a lot more fuel efficient.

The Honda Insight was introduced in the U.S. in 1999 - a year before Toyota's wedge-shaped Prius, which dominates the hybrid sedan market in North America.

Honda spokesman Jimmy Jenkins says the new Insight will not advertise its green credentials with its design.

"From a visual standpoint, the car's a hybrid but it looks like a traditional, nice-looking, very attractive sedan, " says Jenkins.  "We saw that there's a customer base that's asking for a car just like that."

The Insight will be go on the market next year.  It will likely get more than 50 miles to the gallon.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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