Honda Insight Specs The innovative hybrid system is powered with an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), which combines a 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The IMA system gives the Insight the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered engine. It delivers an EPA fuel economy of 61 mpg city and 70 mpg highway.

2000 Honda Insight Pictures

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2000 Honda Insight specs: mpg, towing capacity, size, photos

The Honda Insight is a hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by Honda and the first production vehicle to feature Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. The first-generation Insight was produced from 2000 to 2006 as a three-door hatchback.


Honda will introduce the forthcoming second-generation Insight in early 2009 as a five-door hatchback.

History

Based on the Honda J-VX concept car unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, the Insight was introduced in 1999 and was the first production vehicle to feature Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. The Insight was also the first hybrid sold in North America. It featured optimized aerodynamics and a lightweight aluminum structure to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize emissions.

Total global sales for the Insight amounted to only around 18,000.

Design

The Honda Insight was a subcompact hatchback 3,945mm (155.3in) in length with a wheelbase of 2,400mm (94.5in) a height of 1,355mm (53.3in) and a width of 1,695mm (66.7in). The Insight was only available as a two-seater. Only three different trims were available: a manual transmission without air-conditioning, a manual transmission with air-conditioning, and a continuously variable transmission with air-conditioning. Although produced until 2006, the only major change was the introduction of a trunk mounted, front controlled, multiple CD changer.



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