The reason why most hybrid cars are not aesthetically attractive is because the focus of their design is fuel-efficiency and low emission. However, one tuning firm is keen in changing this conventional hybrid image with a package of accessories that aims at improving external presentation to the level of striking.
Mugen has currently in development a set of accessories for the 2010 Honda Insight that does just these. The Mugen parts, besides eliminating lift, also boosts appearance and comes with new front grill design, a large rear spoiler, and ventilated visors.
Changes were not restricted to appearance only but extended to handling as well, with sports suspension that includes sports-tuned springs and dampers which are able to lower ride height by 20mm maximum.
Available also are two classes of wheels, the XJ and the NR. The XJ comes in lightweight 16-inch mesh rims while the NR comes with 15-inch bespoke rims and both come with varying paint finish options.
The kits are completed with the unique Intelligent Tire Condition Monitoring System which measures tire pressure, display tire temperatures and call the driver's attention to the condition of the tires when they need to be changed.
Other minor additions would include floor mats with extra pads for the driver's side to reduce wear and tear, a sports exhaust and Mugen logos.
Honda has unveiled the all-new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid car to the global public at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show). The all-new Honda Insight is paving way for a new phase in the evolution of hybrid technology.
Thanks to its employment of the latest generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology as well as new, more cost-efficient production methods, the new 2010 Honda Insight offers a great blend of fun-to-drive performance, remarkable affordability, as well as an EPA-rated fuel economy of 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highway.
Price just below the Civic Hybrid, the 2010 Honda Insight is set to arrive at Honda dealerships across the United States starting April 2009.
John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, noted that Honda’s hybrids have always offered high fuel efficiency, great value as well as meaningful fun just near the middle price range in the carmaker’s lineup. He remarked that the all-new Honda Insight opens up the brand’s fun-to-drive, versatile and fuel-efficient hybrid technology to a new group of customers that have shied away from hybrids due to image or cost.
Adopting the advanced and aerodynamic five-door sedan design that made its debut on the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car, the new Insight boasts of a low center of gravity and a roomy cabin that could accommodate five passengers. This allows the new Insight to deliver the driving experience and versatile interior expected from Honda.
A new interactive, driver-focused fuel economy enhancement technology – dubbed as the Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist) is installed in the new Insight to enable customers to take full advantage of Honda hybrid technology.
Eco Assist essentially combines several functions like a driver-activated ECON mode that could optimize control of the engine, CVT (continuously variable transmission), and pertinent powertrain components to enhance fuel efficiency. Eco Assist also features a driver feedback function that employs a speedometer that varies background colors to provide real-time guidance. Eco Assist comes with a fuel-economy scoring function that employs a plant-leaf graphic to provide feedback on driving efficiency on the current trip as well as to show lifetime fuel-efficient driving performance.
Serving as the core of the all-new Insight is an advanced 1.3-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy i-VTEC engine matched to a CVT, as complemented by a new generation of Honda's IMA hybrid system.