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Tastycakes
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The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-02-2008 16:42
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I mean they talk about producing 200k a year (100k for North America) but can they do it? 100k for NA would be what like ~7-8% of Honda America sales, if they can do it.

I get the feeling if i put a early deposit, I just cornered myself on my trade-in value. They could give me crap for my 07 Si and I would have to take it cause they would be able to keep my deposit if i said no.

On the other hand I could wait, and see these things sold out for 1st 6 months of production and have to settle on a new Fit.

Insightman
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-02-2008 20:53
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Unlike the Insight Classic, which was essentially built by hand on the same production line as the S2000, Honda has made a considerable infrastructure investment for the production of the Insight Nouveau. They have expanded their Civic Hybrid factory and built a special facility just to produce the IMA components for this and future hybrids. Also, being a "mild" hybrid, production of the Insight doesn't require anywhere near the number of batteries as Toyota's "strong" hybrids, which have been in short supply due to battery shortages.

Still, I wouldn't expect the supply of Insights to outstrip demand any time soon after its introduction. Too bad you don't have a reasonable dealer like Howard Cooper Honda in Ann Arbor. The Insight deposit I placed with them in July is fully refundable at any time.

2007RC46SP2
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-02-2008 20:58
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will the general public be able to buy one with the recent and upcoming credit crunch.
its gonna be tough for people with good credit to get a loan.

i think its gonna be hard for a person with some moderate debt and a 650 credit score to get a loan for the next year or 2.

Tastycakes
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-03-2008 04:21
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Maybe on a house, but i dont think getting a auto loan should be that bad as long as you got good credit.

Maybe i should check w/ a dealer near me to see how refundable my deposit would be if i dropped one on an Insight.

Dren
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-03-2008 08:16
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don't get one then, there are a lot of cheaper cars out there that will do the job just fine
ferio
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-18-2008 18:04
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I was talking to my local honda area rep a few days ago and it looks like the new Insight will be produced at the new North America plant...
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Re: The real question is can Honda produce enough? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 10-18-2008 21:32
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ferio wrote:
I was talking to my local honda area rep a few days ago and it looks like the new Insight will be produced at the new North America plant...

The old Civic line in East Liberty is what I'm hearing. I requested to go down to East Liberty to see the first production run of the 2009 GX. Usually it's no big deal to go every year. (I'm a GX dealer in Ohio).

I asked this year and it was a quick NO!, a NO WAY! to be exact?? I was like Hmmmm?? Something isn't right here, Top Secret vibes humming from the phone lines. So I nosed around at an event last month and asked a few Honda people some unrelated, but indirect questions in a humors way about what is going to happen to all those workers in East Liberty. "I can see the head lines now ""HONDA JOINS THE DOMESTICS WITH BONE CRUSHING LAY OFFS"" Wow boys, that's going to hit hard" You would be surprised what comes out of their mouths in defense of Honda when presented to them in that way.


 
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