A friend of mine, a long time Honda owner who moved away from Nissan, decided to upgrade his car and could not digest any car other than a CVT gearbox due to the rather revvy nature that is rather addictive (the very feel that the Toyota engineers invested so much to hide as they felt the Toyota client based wanted the normal auto feel). As a past owner of a CVT Honda Fit GD1, i can assure you that i really miss the Honda CVT revvy nature now that i am running a normal Honda auto gearbox equipped car.
He was set on the Airwave, but found that the car was discontinued in late 2008, and there was a gap before the Fit Shuttle was released in 2011. But unlike the rather classy looking Airwave that looked so different from the GD Fit, the GE6 based Fit Shuttle has the same front end, but with the extended shell looks rather dull and boring (=ugly). Local car dealers always smart to pick such opportunities have boosted the prices of Airwave cars that they have in their inventory since the recent updated import rules meant only cars older than 2 years from present can be imported stops any further Airwaves coming into the market. Prices for a fully loaded Airwave (with the lovely moon roof) has sky rocketed that a Civic Hybrid is cheaper! He then decided to go with an Honda Civic Hybrid since it too has CVT gearbox and also has luxury touch (not only in its looks, but also the Hybrid has the Alcantra seat covers even in the basic version) something which the Insight lacks.
He was fearful of the Hybrid support in Sri Lanka and had gone and spoken to the head of the technical division at Stafford, who introduced him to a new hire, an Hybrid expert (graduate!) from the States working for Stafford, and also indicated that they had sent a technician to Japan and got him versed on Honda Hybrids.
So it looks like Honda hybrids though not officially supported (that will only happen when they start selling Hybrids through the company!), has trained people at the agents. Should be positive news for Honda Insight and Civic IMA Hybrid owners (and the lucky few who have got down the new Fit Hybrid). Hopefully the next would the official importing of Hybrid Honda cars ………