Consumers want turds
You are right, Pete, it's crap I completely agree, just a prius clone.
But look, when Honda did try even a few new things with my original Insight, the public ran away in droves.
-2 seater! "but I can't haul my buddies/stuff around!"
- All aluminum construction "But it'll get smashed like a soda can!"
- Tiny and very light "But it'll get smashed like a soda can!" "The handling is crap!" "The road noise!!!"
- extremely efficient design with .25 drag coefficent "But it looks like the 50's version of the car of tomorrow!!!"
- UV-blocking glass to reduce cabin cooling cost "Huh???"
So this cool car with actual interesting ideas that WORKS at 66 mpg (yes sorry it still does use gasoline) sold...wait for it...700 units/year in its last several years.
It's not Honda's fault that everything is shite, it's our's.