Honda continues to make ready the Insight for its production debut.
A lot is now known about the upcoming hybrid, especially after its Paris Motor Show airing.
Some questions remain over its fuel consumption figure though and recent information seems to suggest that the car will be capable of returning about 32 KM/L in the 10.15 mode. I have no idea what the 10.15 mode is but i probably should. It could either indicate driving in a heavy tailwind whilst slipstreaming a large truck or more likely a 10 to 15 year old driving and the car benefitting from the obvious weight reductions.
Of course these figures won’t be as fuel sippingly good as the next generation Toyota Prius which reputedly will be able to achieve 40KM/L.
In the Insight’s favour will be the selling price however. Honda have been busy and rather worryingly pulling everything expensive out of the car to enable an entry level price of below 2 million yen, so expect a large options catalogue.
The Prius is expected to be priced at 20 to 30 percent more but will be packing more technology.
Insight power will be derived from a 1.3 litre engine producing 95PS plus 20PS from the motor assist system (hybrid part). Weight is a reported to be a not very heavy 1150kg.
Honda’s stylish new hybrid is now expected to reach the Japanese public in February , a little earlier than originally thought.
I want one, in white please, with the blue headlights.