Gentle insights: the new honda insight in detroit

Gentle insights: the new honda insight in detroit

Detroit (usa), 12. January 2009 – so far, honda played on the german market for hybrid vehicles only a supporting role, which dominates toyota prius clearly dominates the hybrid compact class. But honda made it clear in december that a lot is expected in the hybrid sector in the nearer and medium-sized future. After suggesting that honda the new insight for under 20.000 euro wants to offer, the attack on toyota also succeeded in the german market. First of all, the insight is at the north american international auto show (17. To 25. January 2009 in detroit) in the floodlight.

4.4 liters for five persons

The chic styled car reminiscent in many elements strongly on honda’s fuel cell flagship fcx clarity. Inside, according to honda, the insight offers a spacious funf man cabin with a backbank tube retrievable in the ratio 60 to 40. However, at the center of interest is the drive system: a 1.3-liter four-cylinder light metal engine with 65 kw (88 hp) is supported by a 10 kw electric motor (14-hp). On average, the drive should be 4.4 liters of fuel per hundred kilometers, the co2 outlet top amounts 101 g / km. The fact that the co2 outstanded is lower than after the previous computing scheme, according to honda, with the euro-5 homologation of the insight, the 5 percent share of bioethanol is considered considering.

Something surprisingly is in view of the mildhybrid technique that the insight can drive up to "medium speeds" purely electrically. According to honda, this occurs, for example, at inner-stadtical constant ride often, without having to force this by pressing a button. In this case, the internal combustion engine is not decoupled, but run without fuel supply and with slightly sooped valves, so that only a little motor brake torque applies. When braking and sliding operation, electrical energy is moving into the nickel-metal hydride battery (recuperation), which sits in the rear underbody of the vehicle. As a transmission acts as well as the civic hybrid a stepless transmission (cvt).

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