Insight into Honda’s new Hybrid

27/01/2010

Insight into Honda’s new Hybrid

The launch of the Honda ‘Insight’ defines a new stage in the evolution of hybrid technology by utilising a more cost-efficient version of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology. 



The new Insight, which makes its Irish debut on
Honda's latest hybrid vehicle revives the ‘Insight’ nameplate which was first used in 1999. It also marks a return for Honda to producing hybrids in a dedicated aerodynamic body, designed to optimise the performance of the efficient petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. In fact, 95 per cent of the IMA unit was redesigned to reduce both size and cost.

The fuel economy (combined) is 4.4 l/100km, while CO2 emissions are as low as 101g/km. Honda has concentrated on developing a car that will deliver better fuel economy in the ‘real world', taking into account the actual conditions in which the car will be driven by their customers. Honda recognises that there are styles and techniques of driving that can be employed to take even greater advantage of the hybrid technology. An Eco Assist system developed for the Insight, will train drivers, helping them achieve the best possible fuel economy. The Insight's unique driver coaching system marks a new era of motoring where manufacturers and individual drivers share responsibility for their final fuel consumption.



Two options are available.
The entry level SE has a recommended retail price of *€22,378 and a higher specification ES  of *€23,374 (both prices include Government vrt refund of €2,500).  Insight also qualifies for additional vrt relief under the new Government Scrappage scheme.

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Honda’s commitment to Hybrid technology is well documented by Honda’s new CEO, Takanobu Ito (formerly President of Honda’s R & D operations) when he fast forwarded the introduction of the exciting and dynamic CR-Z coupe (due in Ireland in summer 2010) and confirmed that Honda’s IMA system will be integrated into the Jazz by 2011.   




All Insights are powered by an advanced aluminium-alloy i-VTEC engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox.  The highly-efficient, ultra-low friction engine is assisted by a new generation of Honda’s IMA hybrid system for relaxed and easy driving.

In order to help Insight owners enjoy the full benefits of Honda hybrid technology, the Insight features a new interactive, driver-focussed fuel economy enhancement technology called Eco Assist which combines many functions:

  • A driver-activated ECON mode that optimises control of the continuously variable transmission, engine and related powertrain components to conserve fuel
  • A driver feedback function that uses speedometer background colour that can provide real-time guidance on achieving higher fuel efficiency
  • A fuel economy scoring function that provides feedback about current driving efficiency, as well as feedback on cumulative, long-term driving style

Insight was awarded the full 5 star safety for both pedestrians and children in the Euro NCAP safety tests.