Honda Insight hybrid goes into production
Production of the new hybrid-powered Honda Insight sedan series has started in the North American works of the Honda Motor Company. Prices and trim level availability remain undisclosed to date.
The Japanese vehicle premiered earlier this year with the 10th-generation Honda Civic platform at its core. The manufacturer has stressed that, despite the old chassis it is based upon, the vehicle is going to have significantly different dimensions and body structure. The latter most likely means an extensive use of ultra-light alloys.
The hybrid powertrain of the upcoming Honda Insight will include a 1.5-liter internal combustion engine, two smaller electric engines and a bottom-mounted traction battery. Its performance is estimated at 153 hp (114 kW). Fuel consumption in urban environment should not exceed 4.5 liters per 100 km traveled (that would be around 63 MPG for our British readers, or 52 MPG for those in the USA).
As features go, there are light alloy wheels 16 and 17 inches large to choose from, full LED lighting, a digital dashboard, front/rear climate control, a few electronic driver aids and some other nice things.
Having invested over U.S. $60,000,000 in developing the Insight series, Honda hopes to recover the costs faster with the hybrid version of the sedan.