Honda Insight Hybrid - Goes On Sale End March 2009 In Europe
Honda Motor Co. will introduce the production version of their new Insight Hybrid to the public at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland (March 5-15, 2009). The new 2010 Honda Insight merges styling from their FCX Clarity fuel cell car with the hybrid powertrain technology they have previously developed in the Civic Hybrid. Honda says the new 2010 Insight will go on sale in Europe starting at the end of March 2009.
The Honda Insight represents a fresh approach for Honda to hybrid motoring and they have been able to create a five passenger efficient petrol (gasoline) engine car that delivers an excellent 4.4 L/100 km (53.5 U.S. MPG / 64.2 Imp MPG) on the combined EU test. Honda has to also be commended for designing the Insight to achieve just 101 g/km of CO2 emissions, which should also save some people money where they can license the vehicle as a low emissions car.
Honda says the Insight has been designed as an efficient family car and it has a rear storage capacity of 1017 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. The hybrid powertrain system incorporates a Honda thin electric motor coupled with a 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine. The thin electric motor is directly integrated with the transmission and acts to provide extra power in low and medium speed conditions. Regenerative charging of the onboard lithium ion battery occurs during braking, and in slow speed acceleration conditions, the Honda Insight can run directly on the electric motor alone.
Honda has also installed an economy driver feedback display on the Insight that helps to develop efficient driving techniques from the car's owner. Display feedback indicates whenever your driving style is 'green' and also a longer term application of efficient driving techniques makes green leaves appear on the tree display in the central meter.