By GreenCompany | April 11, 2009
To coincide with Earth Day, Honda which has been doing business in Canada for 40 years, is making the 2010 Insight hybrid hatchback available to the Canadian consumer market. This green vehicle features room for five with five doors, and is powered by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist. The Integrated Motor Assist system couples a 1.3 litre gasoline powered engine with a 10-kilowatt electric motor. This dynamic duo gives the 2010 Honda Insight hybrid hatchback a fuel economy of 4.8 L/100 km around the city and 4.5 L/100 km with highway driving.
The Insight’s four cylinder gasoline engine has variable valve timing with a brushless DC electric motor. Together they form the foundation of Honda’s IMA hybrid system. The electric motor that helps propel the Insight is positioned in-line between the engine bay and the transmission. This helps to add power for greater acceleration and under curtain conditions can also recapture valuable energy from the vehicle during braking.
The Honda Insight IMA hybrid system can function solely on electric power under low to mid-speed cruising conditions. Further to that, the IMA system can deactivate cylinders during deceleration. There is also an idle-stop feature equipped that works when the vehicle is stationary. All of these help make this vehicle one of Canada’s more fuel efficient vehicles.
This new Honda Insight hybrid also contains Honda’s Eco Assist – Ecological Drive Assist System, which gives greater fuel savings by adjusting to an individual’s particular driving style. This Eco Assist was designed to optimize the vehicle’s fuel efficiency at the press of a dash-mounted button. The ECON button will aim to make multiple vehicle systems more efficient. This includes throttle control, duration of the idle-stop, CVT operation and even more efficient air conditioning.
For those with a bit of a lead foot, the ECO Assist on the 2010 Insight features a feedback system integrated into the background of the speedometer. This system changes the background colours of the speedometer in order to tell the driver how efficiently or inefficiently they are driving the vehicle. Your children will enjoy watching you earn plant-leaf graphics with your good driving through the real-time scoring system of the ECO Guide MID screen.