The production version of the Insight hybrid that Honda introduced at last week's Detroit Auto Show is specifically intended for markets of North America. However, Honda has also released lately the details and specifications for the European version of the Insight showing that fuel consumption is an impressive 53.4mpg (4.4-liters/100km) for the combined cycle compared to its American sibling of only 40mpg in the city and 43mpg outside city limits.
Europe will be a significant market for the Insight hybrid that's why Honda developed the vehicle as a five-door hatchback, the configuration that is popular in that region.
Besides being more aerodynamic, the hatch design is highly competitive to other European eco-cars and Honda expects to sell more of them in Europe.
The European model will come with slim, projector-style headlamps in a group of four lights. The low beam comes with blue detailing, and the indicators are placed on the lower bumper face. LEDs are used for the tail and stop lights.
There are a variety of 8 external color finishes to choose from with seven-spoke alloy wheel configurations. Featured in the interior will be the latest Ecological Drive Assist System from Honda, plus an ECON mode that maximizes control of the continuously variable auto transmission (CVT), powerplant and cognate components to enhance fuel efficiency further.
The Insight comes with a 1.3-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy i-VTEC powerplant and CVT, together with the latest generation Honda IMA hybrid system.
Alone, the internal combustion engine generates 88hp and 121Nm of torque. The IMA integrates a 13hp (10kW) electric motor and a compact Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) which recaptures and stores kinetic energy from braking and deceleration and proving additional power for acceleration when required. This give the car an acceleration of 12.6 seconds from 0-100km/h with a maximum speed of 186km/h.