Honda Insight EU Version (2010)

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Honda Insight EU Version

the Honda Insight design started with a blank of paper — in that was a brand new model with no — they faced challenges in creating the exterior of the Honda Insight.

On the one hand, as a low hybrid car, it had to express credentials — it had to look a ‘green’ car — but on the other it had to appear dynamic and fun to drive; of Honda’s key design principles. all, in line with the of Honda Insight, the design had to to a broad range of people.

We the car to be widely accepted, says Chief Designer, Motoaki If we just created an environmentally-friendly car it have looked dull, or We wanted to insert a sporty to make the car more appealing and after all, sportiness is in DNA.

While the ‘greenness’ of the car may challenged the sporty direction of the design, in some areas it helped the dynamic cause. the newly-developed IMA system is more it meant the nose of the car could be creating a snubbed, more look to the front end.

important factor that led to some extent restricted) the design was the bodystyle itself. To to as many people as possible, a layout was chosen, and this its own challenges, particularly when the aerodynamics of the car, and creating headroom for passengers in the rear.

Honda Insight EU Version

The we chose a 5-door hatchback was we wanted the car to be popular in Europe, Yasunari Seki, Large Leader. American Honda the biggest market — us to build a car with a boot, but we on a 5-door design because to with other green and sell more in Europe, it had to be a hatchback. Of course, aerodynamically it is a more favourable shape.

One that didn’t restrict the of design was the budget, even the rest of the project was so concerned reducing costs. If anything, the team spent more getting the appearance of the car right. an extra window to the rear for example, was costly, but was essential in a sleeker look.

The car had to be stylish and its owner feel proud, Mr Minowa.

Many will noticed the similarity in the overall and look of the Insight to its fuel cousin, the Honda FCX Clarity . As as the aerodynamic advantages of this Mr Minowa says there’s a reason for mimicking the body of the advanced hydrogen-powered car.

We tried to make the Honda look like a baby of the Clarity, he says. There are design treatments and colouring we have taken from the but basically the car’s shape is similar. FCX Clarity is the leader, the advanced car, the ultimate car — and we want the Honda to follow that lead.

In a because the new Honda Insight design cues from the old car and the FCX, it is bridging the gap between the and the future.

The Insight adopts projector-style headlights in a 4-light The headlight’s low beam has blue and the indicators are located in the lower face.

At the rear, the Honda uses LEDs for the taillights and lamps. LEDs consume power, which aids economy. But rather than replacing bulbs with the designers attempted to ‘spread the through the design of the taillight and the use of reflective surfaces.

While there were considerations and factors that the exterior design, it was aerodynamics most governed the shape and of the Honda Insight.

Making the car as as possible exaggerates the already hybrid technology on board the Insight, increasing fuel So the design team set about a shape that had minimal Elsewhere we’ve spoken the similarity in the exterior design to of the FCX Clarity, but that likeness is when the two cars are viewed in

It’s clear that the sections of these two cars are identical in shape — and for reason.

Firstly, the line the centre of the roof to the top of the boot lid is at the angle for controlling the flow of air off the top of the with minimum turbulence. you’ll notice that the top of the body tapers in towards the of the car, which also the air flow travel smoothly the car. Stable air flow this section helps the car through the air with minimal

The concept for the main shape of the car is ‘Aero Athlete’, says Mr It reflects a sporty, lean with no fat, the tension of and nothing unnecessary added.

The of the tailgate is also very — again, compare the boot to that of the FCX Clarity, or CR-Z . or even the original . They all share the same and lines to help the aerodynamics.

We a lot about aerodynamics from the Insight, says Mr Minowa, Chief Designer. From the back the two cars are very but we couldn’t have radical like the covered wheels, for as this Honda Insight had to more appeal.

The lower sections are much wider, also helps the aerodynamic and provides a stable, wide — giving the car a more appearance.

There are eight paint colours: Spectrum Silver Pearl, Cerulean Metallic, Alabaster Silver Polished Metal Metallic, Blue Metallic, Crystal Pearl, Urban Titanium and Milano Red.

This was the design theme for the exterior of the Honda Insight. Aero from the desire to minimise and reduce frontal area, retaining an attractive and sporty The shape has been tested in a wind tunnel and was effectively by the wind. The athlete part of the refers to a taut, honed without unnecessary weight or bulk.

Dynamic visual forms in the panels of Honda like muscle of an athlete. The shape of Aero Tail is by Aerodynamics and as similar shape can be on the rear of the FCX Clarity and the original models.

The shape of cabin is into the bonnet and flows the shape of front grille enhances the bold hexagon of the lower part of the bumper. The design incorporates the identity of FCX to recognize the fuel cell status as an environmental pioneer.

The Insight chassis is newly but in the quest to produce an affordable car compact dimensions, it is based on used for the latest Honda — and as such, it shares components (suspension brakes and and characteristics with the supermini. the starting point of Jazz, devised a package that the hybrid system, provides for adults to sit in comfort and allows for the impressive load space.

The structure of the engine compartment and section of the car is almost identical to with some minor to aid crash protection, but behind the bulkhead the platform is unique to Insight. The wheelbase is 2550mm longer than that of the

Upon this platform, and rear suspension from the are used, which means struts at the front, and an H-shaped beam at the rear to keep the floor low, increasing capacity inside.

Dynamically, the was to achieve pliant, but stable performance in a range of conditions and on a of road surfaces.

Relocating the tank

Although it shares commonalities, perhaps the most difference between the Honda and the Insight platform is the position of the tank. Many of you will be with the Jazz’s distinctive tank layout, under the seats, which helps the car so versatile, but on the Honda Insight the decision was taken to put the fuel under the rear seats.

meant that the seating for could be mounted lower in the resulting in a lower roof, cross-section area, and thus a aerodynamic body shape, assists fuel economy at speed.

The braking system of front and rear discs with ABS, Electronic Force Distribution (EBD) and Assist as standard equipment.

engineers concentrated on delivering stopping power with a natural feel to the pedal, in normal daily use and when braking is required.

Wheels and

The Honda Insight is fitted a seven-spoke alloy design, to the sporty image of the car.

Stability Assist (VSA)

All Insight grades are equipped Honda’s Vehicle Stability (VSA) system, designed to the driver in maintaining control cornering, acceleration and sudden by applying braking to the right or hand wheels as necessary and the engine torque systems.

At its level, VSA has a traction control whereby it detects wheel under acceleration and coordinates the use of and engine torque to regain In situations where the driven are on surfaces with different of traction, such as a partially wet surface, the system applies action to the wheel that’s allowing the tyre with grip to move the vehicle. In the system reduces engine to minimise wheelspin.

An indicator flashes on the instrument panel the system is actively enhancing the of the vehicle. A cockpit switch to the of the instrument panel is provided to the VSA.

The Honda Insight is by a 3-year / 144,000 km standard 3-year surface corrosion 5-year exhaust system and 12-year structural corrosion — plus, a unique warranty for the entire IMA system, high-power battery.


Honda’s IMA hybrid concept is now 10 years old — made its debut in the original back in 1999. IMA stands for Motor Assist, which of a low-friction 1.3 litre engine serves as the primary power an ultra thin electric a lightweight and compact battery a continuously variable transmission.

system has been used in not only the Honda Insight, but the Civic IMA, and its successor, the Hybrid . Over the years the has evolved and become smaller, lightweight and less expensive to and the latest version in the new Honda is the most advanced IMA technology by Honda to date. The fifth IMA system in the Insight is 24% more than the fourth generation freeing up space for luggage.

The engine itself is new, but is heavily on the 1.3-litre from the Hybrid. This modified unit from the Civic has been further enhanced lessons learned from the incorporated to improve fuel The low friction, pattern coated design has been combined a new catalyst design to further this already highly power unit.

These along with a further combustion process give a economy improvement for the engine of 2% on what is already a highly-efficient

During deceleration, when the cylinders have no load on and so combustion in all four cylinders is and each pot is sealed shut. virtually eliminates the pumping decreasing resistance to allow the to operate more efficiently and energy recovery to charge the

The technology used to shut the VCM (for Variable Cylinder is also used to shut all cylinders when only torque is required — low speed cruising for example. In mode the Honda Insight is by the electric motor only, the pistons running idle.

In virtually everything possible has done to the engine to reduce including an offset crankshaft/connecting rod plateau honing of the cylinders for a surface and a second low friction ring.

On its own, the engine 88PS and 121Nm of torque, but the key to systems is the support given by the motor that can help performance as well as keep and fuel consumption to a minimum.

is a hybrid?

Hybrid is the combination of a engine with an electric The battery that powers the motor charges itself up regenerative energy from and braking. Therefore the Honda never needs to be recharged an external power supply. The electric motor assists the by giving it a boost during to improve fuel economy.

The system also runs the systems at idle and shuts off the engine to reduce emissions, so a driver stops in traffic the falls silent.

The result is a car behaves like a petrol-engined car in of performance, emits less CO2 an equivalent diesel and delivers fuel economy.


As well as a new engine, the Honda gets a new, improved which uses coils high-density windings and high-performance to produce 14PS and 78 Nm. But the real with the motor has been its and shape — the latest is much thinner than the in the current Civic Hybrid vs 61.5mm), which means the IMA system is more compact and

Improvements have also made to the high-power battery, is located under the boot to lower the centre of gravity. The IPU is and lighter than that in the Civic hybrid, with reduced by 19% and weight by an impressive

The cooling system for the battery has much improved, which it’s more efficient in its use of and can feed it to the electric motor often. A motor on the side of the pack draws through air pipes leading to intakes of the rear seat bolster in the car (on the Hybrid, the air intake is on the parcel which can be obstructed).

The recovery speed of the battery has improved, meaning that power from regenerative it can charge more quickly and deliver power to the electric more regularly.

When the motor and engine produce performance ideal for urban with good throttle and acceleration times to rival 1.6-litre petrol cars automatic gearboxes. The Honda reaches 100 km/h from a start in 12.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 186 km/h.

Using a CVT in a hybrid provides smooth and gear transitions and helps the IMA system operating in its most range. In the Insight, an evolution of the CVT unit from the Honda Hybrid is used.

This of CVT has a lower final drive ratio (4.200 from which results in faster-acting acceleration performance.

The start control has been redesigned to full advantage of the characteristics of the IMA that delivers more at lower revs. By engaging at revs to enhance initial and contribute to fuel efficiency.

for the first time on a Honda the Insight benefits from shifts, so quick gear can be made from levers behind the steering wheel.

Of course, one of the major benefits of powertrains is that they can exhaust emissions and boost economy. And when the systems are within a purpose-built, aerodynamic the advantages are enhanced. The Honda performs well in government and economy testing, achieving and 4.4 l/100km (combined) — but not the whole story.

Life Assessments

As a matter of course, carries out a Life Cycle (LCA) Programme for all of its vehicles looks at the CO2 emissions at each of a car’s life cycle, production.

Honda developed programme in 2007 to introduce a specific LCA system to investigate the of CO2 emissions associated with the life cycle of each vehicle. This allows to compare the environmental impact of the stage and indeed the whole cycle of their hybrid

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The findings demonstrated two things, the of the ‘use stage’ in a car’s cycle CO2 emissions, and that is very little difference the CO2 emissions associated with the raw and production stages of hybrids to conventional cars.

The Honda will be produced at the Suzuka the same as the Civic Hybrid as as many non-hybrid products.

The Insight has been designed to accommodate five passengers, packaged within an aerodynamic

Within this sleek the Honda Insight can still headroom and tandem distances the best in class and rival medium sized cars.

An and airy interior has been with clever designs give an increased sense of and practicality.

Convex shapes been used wherever to reduce mass of the interior and create a sense of space, where passengers sit. moves away from the interior design rules mainly dictate concave

For instance, the front dash is into two distinct sections. The light-coloured section is convex and away from the driver and seat passenger giving a sense of space and leg room the upper, darker section the front occupants, the driver in to give the feeling of a cockpit-style

Special attention was paid to visibility. Forward visibility is thanks to slim A-pillars, front door window that do not require a separate front quarter window, and the cabin-forward design used for the Jazz. Equally, the integrated in the boot enables good rearward visibility, allowing the to see a low post, or child behind the

In addition, retractable rear and rear three quarter increase rearward visibility.


High quality, materials, stylish designs and colours have been throughout the cabin. Plastics a soft-touch leather-like appearance and are plush and comfortable.

Two interior colour combinations are available dark royal blue cream or warm, creamy Seats are covered in two textured — a dotted pattern for the and soft suede-like material for the bolsters. All models are equipped active headrests for greater

The steering wheel is fully for reach and rake to ensure of all heights can be accommodated. A slim and dead foot rest are provided for extra comfort.

fitted as standard across the are one-touch indicators for easy changing on motorways, an adjustable seat, foot rest, seat back pocket and mirrors for both driver and passenger.

Instrument panel

The instrument panel allows the to focus on the important information the speedometer above the steering and the main instrument panel below it.

The fascia comprises of main indicators — a rev counter, flanked by the petrol and motor assist gauge. The gear selected is displayed the rev counter. As on the Civic Hybrid the assist gauge shows, driving, whether the electric is being charged e.g. regenerative braking or whether the motor is assisting the petrol e.g. during hard

A useful LCD multi-information display set the centre of the rev counter provides such as instant and average economy, range, outside as well as other displays to more economical driving The information button on the steering allows the driver to flick the different information displays.

All are located on or around the steering within easy reach for the

The green ECON button can be on the dash, to the right of the steering When switched on the ECON indicator appears in the top left of the panel. The LCD display also whether the system is active and as a coaching system by providing information to help the driver economy.

Air conditioning

In automotive air units there is a cooling involved that delivers a to a condenser and evaporator thus cool air to the cabin. This involves a compressor and with it thermal, mechanical and pumping which affect fuel

To improve the thermal efficiency of the air system on the new Insight, Honda have expanded the usable range compared to conventional Ingeniously, the piping layout is with the low pressure cold enclosing the high pressure hot pipe which has a scroll groove on the, which the cold refrigerant on its way back to the bay helps cool the warm travelling to the cabin. The indentation on the of the inner pipe is in a spiral which increases the surface and therefore the efficiency of the heat between the outer and inner

This principle improves the efficiency of the air-conditioning system and as a less effort is required the compressor, resulting in improvements to consumption.

Air conditioning in ‘Idle mode

When driving the Hybrid, during ‘Idle mode the air conditioning could be operated, thanks to an extra motor powered by the high-power pack. However, to save this function has not been on the Honda Insight. Instead, to the occupants comfortable, the length of the stop time is limited.

when ECON button is a longer idle stop is set for improved efficiency.


All models are equipped with a CD/audio system, four steering wheel mounted controls and auxiliary jack MP3/WMA/AAC playback capability. In some models are fitted a USB port, located in the centre arm box which enables fifth or later iPods (including plus a variety of other audio players, to be played the Insight’s main audio MP3 players docked via the USB port can be controlled using the steering mounted audio controls and on type, will charge connected.

Satellite Navigation

The satellite navigation system is a unit utilising a fully DVD for all data. The Honda navigation 11 text languages, including: German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Suomi. Five of English, German, Italian, and Spanish can be used for voice and spoken guidance instructions. The Insight’s system allows the to find a wide range of of interest, including restaurants, stations, airports and Honda centres. The majority of points of include phone numbers appropriate for added convenience.

it is available, the Honda navigation works with traffic to alert customers to potential and navigate a route round

Hands-Free Telephone (HFT)

ES will also be equipped Hands Free Telephone kit, which uses technology to allow mobile calls to be made safely on the

A series of speakers and microphones in the car can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled communications even in a bag or briefcase.

The HFT system the driver to automatically transfer a onto the HFT once the ignition has turned to the ACC position. The user can utilise the phone’s keypad to calls as well as storing up to 50 with a speed-dial number. importantly all numbers can be accessed by

Thanks to the satellite navigation, it is possible to import the phone of up to six separate mobiles via the Interface up to 1000 names with a of 10,000 numbers. Once numbers are accessed by selecting imported phonebook’ on the screen, by a keyword search or by listing all

HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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