Date:21 May 2012
Cleaner than ever
Honda says it’s created the cleanest and most economical Insight so far, with engine tweaks largely responsible for cutting fuel consumption to 4,3 litres/100 km (combined) and CO2 emissions to 103 g/km. Aero efficiency improvements include a new grille design and a slimmed-down rear. A beneficial side effect of trimming the roof spoiler for less drag has been to improve rear visibility.
Ride refinement also came in for some attention, with lighter, stiffer aluminium front lower suspension arms replacing the steel originals, and a new choice of tyre. Power is supplied by a 65 kW 1,3-litre i-VTEC engine with IMA (Integrated Motor Assist). IMA’s compact electric motor slots in between engine and transmission and boosts total system output to 73 kW and 167 N.m.
Price: R272 500, including 5-year/90 000 km service plan.