The concept version of the Insight liftback hybrid electric vehicle had made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Insight was facelifted in in the United Kingdom and in for the model year in the United States, with updates to the suspension, styling and interior. There are revisions to the recoil rate of the springs, change of the rear camber angles and alterations to the rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. As a result, Honda promised better ride, handling and stability. Interior changes include revisions to the dashboard, seat fabric, and some plastics.
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The concept version of the Insight liftback hybrid electric vehicle had made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Insight was facelifted in in the United Kingdom and in for the model year in the United States, with updates to the suspension, styling and interior. There are revisions to the recoil rate of the springs, change of the rear camber angles and alterations to the rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts.
As a result, Honda promised better ride, handling and stability. Interior changes include revisions to the dashboard, seat fabric, and some plastics. The air vents received a chrome surround and a silver garnish now adorns the door sills. The wedge-shaped body assists aerodynamics and reduces drag for improved fuel economy. American Honda — the biggest market — asked us to build a car with a boot, but we rejected that idea, because to compete with other green cars and sell more in Europe, it had to be a five-door hatchback.
Of course, aerodynamically it is also a more favourable shape. An analog tachometer, fuel gauge, hybrid assist gauge, and Multi-Information Display are housed in the lower tier. Honda states that this configuration is less complex, lower cost, and compact enough to accommodate a wide range of vehicle sizes when compared to competing hybrid powertrains. Honda has used previous generations of this IMA system on all of its production hybrid vehicles including the original Insight, Civic Hybrid, and Accord Hybrid.
The motor acts as a generator during braking, steady cruising, gentle deceleration and coasting in order to recharge the IMA battery. The motor also serves as the engine starter, quickly spinning the engine to idle speed after Idle Stop and during normal vehicle starting.
The system will automatically switch to a back-up, conventional volt starter to start the engine if the IMA system is disabled or if the car is started at extreme cold temperatures. Forward gear ratios are infinitely variable between 3. Final drive is 4. On Insight EX models, paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel allow the driver to engage a manual shift mode and select from seven simulated gear ratios for full control over acceleration and engine braking.
In normal driving, the CVT allows the engine and IMA motor to stay in their most efficient operating range thereby providing superior fuel efficiency to that of a conventional automatic transmission with fixed gear ratios. Car and Driver magazine performed a comparison between the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. Overall, Car and Driver selected the Insight as their preferred vehicle due to its "fun-to-drive" qualities including superior handling, steering, braking, and paddle-shifted transmission.
The 84 module battery is manufactured by Sanyo Electric  and provides a nominal system voltage of The battery is recharged automatically by scavenging engine power, when needed, and by regenerative braking when the car is decelerating.
The power management electronics, battery modules, and cooling system are all self-contained within the IMA battery pack.
Somewhat less-efficient driving makes the meter glow blue-green. Aggressive starts and stops that consume extra fuel make the meter glow blue. By observing the color shift of the speedometer background, the driver receives assistance in developing driving habits that typically enhance fuel economy.
In ECON mode, the driver trades off a measure of performance for enhanced fuel economy but gains the following advantages: Increases the potential for engaging the Idle Stop feature sooner Operates air conditioning more in recirculation mode Reduces automatic climate control blower fan speed Optimizes throttle angle input and CVT operation Limits power and torque by approximately 4 percent full responsiveness is provided at wide-open-throttle Overall, ECO ASSIST is designed to assist the driver in adopting a balanced approach between efficient highway commuting and efficient city driving.
The ECO Guide display includes a real-time graphic that provides a target zone for acceleration and deceleration in order to achieve maximum fuel economy. When the ignition switch is turned off, a summary screen displays a scoring function that encourages drivers to take an interest in developing fuel-efficient driving habits over the long term.
While the Fit locates the fuel tank under the front seats, the Insight positions the fuel tank under the rear seats. Front and rear suspension components from the Fit are used including MacPherson struts at the front and an H-shaped torsion beam at the rear to keep the load floor low.
Front and rear stabilizer bars are also installed. The rack-and-pinion steering uses electric assist and allows the Insight to steer normally even when the engine is shut off in Idle Stop mode. The braking system includes four-channel ABS, electronic brake distribution, and a creep aid system to prevent the car from rolling on a hill.
A brake booster pressure monitoring system monitors vacuum when the engine is shut off during Idle Stop mode. Traction control and vehicle stability assist are also included. The front brakes are single-piston sliding caliper with a one-piece ventilated rotor. Drum brakes are used in the rear. Enhanced efficiency air conditioning system[ edit ] The air conditioning system on the new Insight has an expanded thermodynamic range compared to conventional systems.
Unlike the separate low pressure and high pressure refrigerant pipes used in conventional systems, the Insight has its low pressure cold pipe enclosing the high pressure hot refrigerant pipe that allows the cold refrigerant on its way back to the engine bay to cool the warm refrigerant traveling to the cabin.
A unique, spiral groove along the outside of the inner pipe increases the surface area and therefore the efficiency of the heat transfer between the outer and inner tubes. This improves the thermal efficiency of the air-conditioning system and, as a result, less effort is required from the compressor, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
In order to control costs, Honda decided not to include the electric-assist air conditioning compressor used in the Civic Hybrid. Instead, the Insight limits the duration of the Idle Stop mode during air conditioning use and restarts the engine, when needed, to maintain cabin temperature. In other words, the air conditioning stops whenever the car stops, as in stop-and-go traffic.
During Idle Stop the blower continues to run albeit at a low speed. Honda facelifted the Insight for model year. There are several significant changes to improve the car, including exterior, interior, driving and fuel economy. In the exterior, Honda updates the front with larger air intakes on the lower front fascia, installs new head- and taillights, and has new wheel designs.
The aerodynamic efficiency is improved by two percent. A rear camera and a gigabyte flash card system now comes with the Navi system. Furthermore, the gauge cluster is refreshed. In , Honda addressed the concern in  and, in , extended the warranty to cover these flaws for eight years.
Japan[ edit ] The new Insight began sales in Japan on February 6, This resulted as less availability to overseas markets and Honda has to start production on a second line at its Suzuka factory in mid-June to increase production from units a day. Honda Insight, shown front, rear, and the hybrid badging. The car went on sale on March 24, , in the U.
For the LX model, center armrest, cruise control, USB connectivity for the audio system and floor mats are newly added.
Electronic stability control and brake assist became standard across all trim levels. All models come with automatic climate control. Rearview camera and a gigabyte flash card system are added to the navigation system.
2000 Honda Insight Owner’s Manual
Honda Insight Hybrid Malaysia In , Honda introduced its second-generation Insight based on an all-new, 5-passenger, 5-door, dedicated hybrid platform, which was also later used for the Honda CR-Z. The concept version of the Insight liftback hybrid electric vehicle had made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Insight was facelifted in in the United Kingdom and in for the model year in the United States, with updates to the suspension, styling and interior. There are revisions to the recoil rate of the springs, change of the rear camber angles and alterations to the rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. As a result, Honda promised better ride, handling and stability. Interior changes include revisions to the dashboard, seat fabric, and some plastics.
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