All About Honda Insight
The car was a smaller version of the civic Honda, made to meet the demands of a younger generation, who needed a fast lightweight, echo-friendly car.
The first version of the car was introduced in 1972 as a two-door edition of the sedan Honda
Civic. Even though it looked small in size, people found it surprisingly spacious; another excellent addition by Honda
, it seemed. The best feature the car offered was being lightweight; as it only weighed 1500 pounds. This car model was first introduced with 50 horse powers and a cubic centimeter of 1169 with a four-cylinder engine. The client chose between a 2-speed and a 4-speed transmission.
After that in 1997, Honda produced a car called Honda Insight
, which was also a two-seater hybrid. The car was so environmental friendly, that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dubbed it most fuel-efficient, mass-produced car in the US. It was available with a 5-speed transmission.
It is quiet notable that the Honda Insight
used the first Honda Integrated Motor Assistant (IMA) hybrid technology. The new technology entailed an electric motor to be fixed in between the engine and transmission. The main task of the electric motor was to act as a starter motor. In addition, it regulated the engine balance and powered the car’s wheels (traction motor).
The electric motor was the essential feature of the car, as it usually powered increased acceleration and provided any needed extra power. Honda Insight car
even acted as a battery re-charger sometimes. The car had a 3-cylinder one-liter engine. The dashboard displayed vital information such as remaining electric charge, fuel utilization ratio, and the current condition of the electric motor (helping the engine or charging the batteries).
The Honda insight
could not run solely on electric power, hence, it was not a full hybrid. The insight body was made of aluminum.
One obvious disadvantage of the Honda Insight was the overly expensive cost of changing the car’s battery. The Honda Company
agreed to bear the costs of replacing the batteries for cars whose mileage crossed the 150000 miles. Still the cost of changing the battery was 5000 dollars for other cars that didn’t fit the previous profile.
The percentage of sales of the Honda Insight was really small and kept on diminishing by the day. Therefore, the company gave up on the fact that the Honda Insight was a cash cow. Then the company adopted a new strategy; it went on with the production it for a while. Honda considered Insight a useful way to show the hidden design talents, manufacturing abilities and as a useful and active marketing Item. The company used it to generate positive feedback about Honda, attract press and generally shine within the media. It also used it to buy the other car models
. In September 2006, the production line of the Honda Insight
was officially shutdown. Despite the latter, the manufacturing of spare parts for the sold cars continued for a while, to meet customers’ demands.