I can't rave enough about my 2000 Insight, which now has about 180,000 miles on it. So, even though I likely won't be buying one the first year (since mine is paid for), I like the direction Honda is going with its newly designed Insight. Sales of the 2-seater, teardrop-shaped Insight were dropping steadily with 2,000 units in 2005 and only a thousand in 2006, despite the vehicle's 59-high 60's mileage and terrific performance, and the car is no longer in production. So, Honda updated the car, as you see above, and has scheduled an April 2009 release.
The new Insight should come on the market around $19,000, which is pretty affordable, especially if there are Federal and State tax incentives in place. Where the original Insight was a perfect commuter car, the new Insight is more practical. It has plenty of room for 5 passengers, and is a hatchback. Honda has launched a blog for the Insight as it moves into production for those who want to keep current on all the happenings. Otherwise check back here and I'll update with bigger news items.