The fact that the Honda Insight is one of the lowest-priced hybrid vehicles on the market makes a lot of potential customers put it on their list when considering the purchase of a new car.
But after Honda tweaked its stop-start system, its British arm has been emphasizing another very significant characteristic: its improved fuel efficiency.
The modifications enable the engine to be switched off for up to three times longer. The system’s old version has a software management system that features worst-case scenario default settings for rain, vehicle loads and other weather conditions.
With this system, the engine can only switch off for a 30-second period. The new version of the system raises the “stop” phase to 90 seconds. Honda will also make the same modifications for the Jazz hybrid in order to raise its mpg rating.
These stop-start system changes were made after Honda tweaked the suspension of the vehicle last June, due to negative customer feedback that meant ride and handling issues.
The recoil rate of the springs was softened so that it can offer a superior comfort. The rear camber angles were adjusted. The engineers also modified the V-shape rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts.