Honda Insight: A Hybrid With Awesome Character

Honda Insight is a hybrid electric vehicle introduced in the year 1999. It was Honda’s first vehicle manufactured with Integrated Motor Assist system. The 1st-generation Insight was produced in the year 1999 and discontinued in the year 2006 as a 3-door hatchback.

The company introduced the 2nd-generation Insight in Japan in the year 2009. Insight went on sales in US on 24th March 2009. For US customers, the new Insight was released as a 5-door hatchback and sold at US$ 19,800. It is the least expensive hybrid car available in US

By the end of 2010, the company introduced a less expensive model and released it as 2011 model with a starting price of USD 18,200. Insight was also launched in UK for the year 2009 and it is the most affordable hybrid vehicle in the UK market. The vehicle price starts from ?15,490, which is quite less compared with the other hybrids across the range. It is also one of the best-selling hybrids.

Honda Insight is also billed as one of the cheapest gasoline-electric car in the market. It was also ranked as the top selling vehicle in Japan for the year 2009. This was the first time that a hybrid car moved to the first spot. For the second generation, the company managed to sell total of 143,015 units across the globe.

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Technical Characteristics of Honda Insight

Technical Characteristics of 1999 Honda Insight produced by Honda (JP).

Body Type Fixed-head coupe 2 doors / 2 seats
Weight 820 Kg
Length 3940 mm
Height 1355 mm
Wheelbase 2400 mm
Front Track 1435 mm
Rear Track 1325 mm
Ground Clearance n/a
Fuel Capacity 40 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment unknown
Drive Wheels Front wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion PAS
Fuel Supply System Honda PGM-Fi fuel injection
Max Power 70HP (51 kW) @ 5700 rpm
Max Torque 92Nm @ 4800 rpm
CO2 Emissions 80 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 995 cc
Bore 72 mm
Stroke 81 mm
Cam Design SOHC - Single Overhead Camshaft
Cylinders 3 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 12
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes Dr-S-ABS
Standard Wheels 5J x 14 / 5J x 14
Standard Tyres 165/65 R 14 79S / 165/65 R 14 79S
Suspension Front I.MS.
Suspension Rear TBAx.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 5
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 12 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 12.1 l/100km
Road 6.9 l/100km
Mixt 8.8 l/100km