Make / Model Search

New models - Honda - Civic - hybrid

Honda cuts into hybrid pricing

Sense of place: Honda is adding satellite navigation as standard kit to the Civic Hybrid.

Long-serving Honda-badged hybrids gain more showroom spark

31 Jul 2013

HONDA has cut prices across its longest-serving petrol-electric hybrid models, knocking $2000 off its Civic Hybrid and a more generous $3000 off the Insight.

The price cut includes a significant equipment upgrade for the petrol-electric Civic, including satellite navigation with live traffic updates, a DVD player, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, and lights for the vanity mirrors.

It also gets a cosmetic update, with daytime running lights added to the front.

The Civic Hybrid’s price drops by $2000 to start from a Toyota Prius-matching $33,990 before on-road costs, although as Honda points out, this is with flat paint rather than the optional metallic skin.

The Insight just drops in price with no extra equipment thrown in. It now starts from $26,990 for the VTi, or $30,490 for the more upmarket VTi-L version that adds satellite navigation, a reversing camera and slightly larger 16-inch alloy wheels among other features.

According to Honda, the Insight’s price has been “repositioned”, and it now sits close in price to other small diesel-engined hatchbacks including Mazda’s strong-selling 3 and the Holden Cruze.

The Honda Civic’s price and extra equipment, meanwhile, now either match or better that of the entry-level version of Toyota’s environmental hero, the Prius hatchback.

However, unlike the Prius, both the Civic Hybrid and Insight are not able to travel under electric power alone, with the electric motor only providing support to the petrol engine.

Honda Insight sales have all but dried up this year, selling only 33 cars over the last six months compared with almost 150 for the same time last year.

Sales of the CR-Z sports coupe – the first hybrid car sold in Australia to feature a manual gearbox – have plummeted almost 80 per cent compared with last year despite a mid-life makeover.

The car-maker does not split out Civic Hybrid sales from mainstream models, but the small sedan and hatchback range is the company’s strongest seller, narrowly bumping the CR-V small soft-roader from the podium. The car-maker also added a hybrid model to the Jazz city car line-up, but again, the VFACTS data does not spin out sales volumes for specific models.

Hybrid passenger car sales to private buyers – the premium market for the likes of Toyota’s locally made petrol-electric version of the Camry – are already up about 10 per cent this year, suggesting mums and dads are slowly warming to the fuel-saving technology.

However, government and business buyers – hybrid technology’s long-running heartland – appear to be jumping off the green sedan and hatchback wagon, although sales of hybrid soft-roaders in the segment are up by more than 14 per cent.

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new Civic

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Honda models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here