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Looking forward to Honda’s Insight

The fascia of the Insight resembles the Honda Civic’s.

a new hybrid car in town and it’s a If you happen to see a car on the road that like the Honda Civic up but has a longer, taller “humpback” design, that’s the 2013 Insight.  Blue-tinted chrome on the projector-type headlights and LED tail a rear spoiler with LED light and 16-inch alloy further distinguish Honda’s model from the Civic.

the first-generation two-seater Insight was launched in 2009, the 2013 which is essentially the same as the iteration, is a 4-door hatchback and can five. From day one, the was touted as the lowest-priced hybrid car on the Like the first Insight, the model is powered by Honda’s Motor Assist (IMA) system that pairs 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder 8 valve gasoline engine an electric motor and nickel-metal battery pack for a total output of 99 HP/ 5,800 rpm and 17 Nm max torque/1,000-1,700

A 5-speed CVT (continuously variable directs the powerplant’s output to the wheels.

But unlike the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, the has a mild hybrid setup the gas engine is assisted by the electric rather than working There is no transition between the and gas modes since the powertrain have a dedicated electric-only and the electric motor works to assist the gas engine when power is needed, as when the car is in traffic or climbing hills. On the hand, in fully hybrid like the Prius, the electric takes over completely the car is driven at low speeds.

A futuristic yet functional dash in the cockpit

MILD HYBRID. the Insight is a mild hybrid, it feels more like a normal gasoline-only car than the In fact, when I first the wheel of the Insight I was pleasantly by its responsive steering and agile akin to that of a spunky ride. The Insight’s slightly nature can be traced to the electric-power-assisted and pinion steering that a predictable and linear steering and the firm, relatively sporty (MacPherson strut in front, wishbone at the rear), not to mention the shifters.

But it doesn’t match the athletic dynamics of fuel-efficient, nonhybrid cars like the Mazda2 or Fiesta. Also, people to a cushy, comfy ride may find the Insight’s firm rather unrefined and harsh rough pavement.

Weighing 400 kg than the original two-seater the current Insight accelerates requiring more than 10 to hit 100 kph from standstill. But then the main reason for being is not performance but fuel economy, and is where it shines despite the of its mild hybrid drive The United States Environmental Agency (EPA) places the mileage at 17 km/liter in the city and km/liter on the highway, which is enough for an Integrated Motor powertrain.

BLUE TO GREEN. The of the Insight is designed to encourage driving with a Multiplex instrument cluster plus lighting within the speedometer green to reflect overall driving and blue when inefficient. The Stop/Start system fuel by automatically turning the off when the car stops and on when you on the gas pedal.

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Pushing the ECON button on the modifies throttle control, CVT idle-stop duration and air conditioner to minimize energy use and increase efficiency.

Broad, flat space increases to 31.6 feet with rear folded. PHOTOS BY AIDA

The speed-sensitive audio system of a single CD in-dash with MP3 and WMA capability, USB connection and exterior jack, four speakers and two

PRACTICAL. The second-generation Insight is more practical than the because its four-door hatchback increases cabin and cargo The front seats are comfy and with plenty of headroom and The split-folding rear seat, offers less legroom and due to the rakishly sloping hatchback

In terms of cargo hold, the Insight is best in class 15.9 cubic feet of flat floor space all the seats in use expanding to 31.6 feet when the rear is folded. Lots of room for bags, sports gear, and groceries.

The Insight doesn’t rear parking sensors or a camera because rearward from the driver’s seat is thanks to the pillarless rear windows and second-row glass at the back. Being imported CBU built unit), the Insight has a suite of safety features six airbags, knee bolsters for and front passenger, Vehicle Assist, ABS with EBD and brake creep-aid system and security with alarm and immobilizer.

But don’t ask about the Insight’s price. Honda Cars Inc. isn’t selling it yet the approval of a tax incentive law that enable them to offer hybrid at a reasonable and attractive

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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