Buzz Garage: Honda Insight Hybrid

Honda unveiled the 2010 Insight Hybrid at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show on Jan. 11th. Sales of the 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid will begin in April 2009.

All 2010 Insights carry a 1.3L SOHC i-VTEC engine mated to a CVT transmission. Mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology that allows for an EPA rated fuel-economy of 40/43 (city/highway) mpg. Besides that outstanding fuel-economy, the 10-kilowatt electric motor IMA hybrid system, along with a 10.6 gallon fuel-tank, allows for driving range of more than 400 miles.

Honda also introduced its new Ecological Driver Assist System (ECO Assist) that helps drivers get the most fuel-efficiency out of their Insight Hybrid. The driver activated ECON mode optimizes the control of the CVT transmission, engine and other powertrain parts to increase fuel-efficiency. Real-time feedback from the Insight is displayed on the new speedometer display in cool changing background colors.

The 2010 Honda Insight will be available in three different trim levels including LX, EX and EX with Navi. Pricing starts at $20,470 (including $670.00 destination charge and options). Honda is targeting global sales of 200,000 units annually, half of which it expects to come from North America.

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Posts on the Honda Insight Hybrid:

05-18-2009: Jeremy Clarkson on the Honda Insight: It’s Biblically terrible
05-11-2009 Honda Insight becomes best-selling vehicle in Japan
04-21-2009: 2010 Toyota Prius pricing starts at $21,750, Honda Insight still cheaper
04-02-2009: 2010 Toyota Prius to be priced competitively with the 2010 Insight
03-27-2009: Video: Honda Insight ‘Let it Shine’ TV ad
03-26-2009: Honda to boost output of the Insight for the U.S. 
03-13-2009: Toyota working on cheaper hybrid aimed at Honda Insight
03-10-2009: 2010 Honda Insight pricing starts just under $20,000
02-25-2009: Honda planning on increasing Insight Hybrid production
02-16-2009: 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid off to a good start in Japan
02-07-2009: Mugen tunes the 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid
02-05-2009: Honda looking to price 2010 Insight Hybrid under $20k
01-13-2008: Poll: What would you buy? 2010 Toyota Prius or 2010 Honda Insight
01-12-2008: Video: Honda Insight Hybrid in Action
01-11-2009: 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid revealed with an EPA certified 40/43 mpg
12-03-2008: First image of productoin 2009 Honda Insight Hybrid revealed
11-20-2008: LA 2008 Live: Honda Insight’s Eco Assist helps increase fuel-economy
10-04-2008: Video: Honda Insight Hybrid in action
10-03-2008: Live from Paris 2008: Honda Insight Hybrid to cost less than $19,000
10-02-2008: Honda releases details about the Insight Hybrid in Paris
09-16-2008: Would you buy the Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius or Honda Insight?
09-15-2008: Honda’s Insight looks a lot like the Prius, but that’s just pure coincidence
09-08-2008: Honda Insight Hybrid U.S. sales to begin April 2009
09-04-2008: Honda Insight Concept Hybrid: First-look at Honda’s Prius-fighter


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